Updated: August 26, 2020 06:42 AM
Created: August 26, 2020 06:30 AM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — One of the biggest problems for parents as kids prepare for online and hybrid learning is balancing work, childcare and classes at home.
New studies show some parents are having to quit their jobs to make it work and childcare centers across our area have had to close their doors during this pandemic, which isn't helping.
Concern about the spread of coronavirus paired with fewer spots at childcare centers may be part of the reason parents are opting out of working.
At a press conference last month, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand warned that we are at risk of losing childcare slots on a national level.
"We are at risk of losing 4.5 million childcare slots nationwide," Gillibrand said. "Here in New York, that would mean that the availability of childcare could drop from one slot for every four children down to one slot for every eight children."
In the Rochester area and Finger Lakes region, over 200 childcare centers have closed since March.
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