Finding a fix for child care

Costs hamper families. Staffing hurts facilities. Here’s how government policies could help.

Another phone call, another Kalamazoo County preschool closing a classroom.

For Kristyn Buhl-Lepisto, executive director of KC Ready 4s, a nonprofit that provides funding to children just outside state subsidy child care metrics, improves offerings and mentors 58 private child care operations and preschools in the county, this is a common call. Day care centers and preschools across the state are battling to retain workers at a time when wages are rising everywhere — except in early education.

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