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A Crisis In Child Care20:49
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All vehicles remain parked at the Waltham Day Care Center with the center closed as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
All vehicles remain parked at the Waltham Day Care Center with the center closed as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Emma LaVecchia spends her day overseeing 10 preschools around Greater Boston. And sometimes that means putting on a mask and grabbing crayons, or craft paper, or glue, or doing whatever it takes to help out her teachers.

That's because LaVecchia's Pine Village preschools are understaffed, like so many other child care centers across Massachusetts - and across the country.

The child care industry has been hit especially hard by pandemic. We talked to Emma and Amy O'Leary, of Strategies for Children, last May when child care centers were preparing to re-open.

Now, with more people preparing to return to work, will the industry be there?

We reconnect with Emma LaVecchia, cofounder of Pine Village Preschool, and Amy O'Leary, director of the Early Education for All campaign at Strategies for Children.

This segment aired on August 25, 2021.

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