Last summer, KPCC (89.3 FM) and LAist gave cameras to 12 people caring for Southern California’s youngest children. The group includes preschool teachers, family child care providers, nannies, and grandparents.
Child care workers already had incredibly tough and vital jobs. They are educators, supporting kids as they learn to talk, recognize letters, and process big feelings. They make it possible for parents to work and help families navigate a complex maze of social programs.
Then came the pandemic. California leaders urged child care providers to stay open – and many did. They stocked up on overpriced cleaning products and built spaces for distance learning. They provided stability and preserved spaces for childhood joy during a time of uncertainty, personally bearing the risks and costs.
Child Care, Unfiltered is supported in part by the Tikun Olam Foundation, The Atlas Family Foundation, The Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation, First 5 LA, and the California Arts Council, a state agency. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov.