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The Role Of Childcare In Keeping 'Essential' Workers Working

ABC Little School in Los Angeles (Courtesy Stephanie Ortega)
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At ABC Little School in Los Angeles, parents now drop off their children at the gates. Staff are advised to travel only between their homes and the school. And the center is closed on Fridays for deep cleaning.

Director Stephanie Ortega says it falls on her to implement policies to ensure the safety of her employees and the students, who range in age from 18 months to 6 years old. Ortega says:

"I have parents that are upset that I'm open, and I have parents that are in need of me being open."

We look at the decision facing providers in California about whether to stay open and how they are trying to balance the needs of families with the health and safety of workers and children.


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