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Childcare crisis

Childcare is nearly impossible to find in King County and is not affordable to say the least. You are required to sign up one year in advance for childcare, essentially when you find out that you are pregnant. The lack of availability of childcare makes it nearly impossible for mothers to continue to work or address issues with daycares for fear that they will retaliate or allow or further abuse or mistreat your child. Additionally, the lack of options results in children and parents being leveraged and mistreated by the daycare staff, employer (including government), medical staff and others closely involved in the child's life as there are no other options unless they chose to remove the child from daycare resulting in the loss of their job which has even more dire consequences if you are in a single parent household.

The childcare crisis is a serious problem across the country and is truly unacceptable in a country that is supposed to be advanced such as ours. The economy suffers tremendously when a huge segment of the population(including those that are highly educated) is disenfranchised and children suffer even more under these circumstances. The family is a foundation for a nation and when a nation does not value mothers and children or families for that matter, it will not survive. Early childcare and education must be a priority.

—AnonymousWashington
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