Child care centers and preschools provide kids with important academic, social and emotional skills to get them ready for kindergarten.
They also allow parents to go to work. But affordability and accessibility are issues for some families and people are looking for solutions.
This newspaper took a look at the issue in this three-part series.
SEE ALL THE STORIES IN OUR CHILD CARE CRISIS 2023 SERIES
‘Child care crisis’ holds back children, parents, economy
Riverside working mom says daughter is thriving in preschool
‘Workforce behind the workforce’ challenged by low pay even as child care becomes less affordable
PHOTOS: See kids learning and playing at local child care centers, preschools and at school
New public money helping child care crisis; Advocates say more is needed
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