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Daycares face closures without federal help

WHECTV
Created: July 28, 2020 01:02 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — As parents head back to work, many are looking into daycare options.

However, some Western New York child care centers claim they will not be able to reopen without help from the federal government. Some owners tell us that daycare centers can't pay much and that's making it challenging to fill positions.

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Currently, centers are forced to operate at just 50% capacity due to coronavirus guidelines.

"There is absolutely no way we can survive," daycare owner Sofia Mado said. “We are just a dying industry right now."

Owners claim they also can't raise costs because parents can't afford it.

Last week, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand came to Rochester to push for $50 billion in federal funding for child care.


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