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Coronavirus in Texas

Families are desperate for child care, but providers face a “roller coaster” trying to survive

Although child care providers have mostly reopened, 8% have closed permanently since the start of the pandemic — and 57% of Texas counties still qualify as child care deserts.

Children play with Play-Doh at Kid's Castle Family Daycare and Preschool in Pflugerville on Monday, Feb. 28, 2022.
Phyllis Montoya prepares the children's lunches at Kid's Castle Family Daycare and Preschool in Pflugerville on Monday, Feb.…
A child sits in a bookshelf at Kid's Castle Family Daycare and Preschool in Pflugerville on Monday, Feb. 28, 2022.

In May 2020, almost 37% of child care operations temporarily closed

Phyllis Montoya has had Kid's Castle Family Daycare and Preschool for 16 years. Since the pandemic began, her daycare has be…

Before- and after-school programs took more than a year to reopen fully

The impact of child care shortages has varied across Texas

Relief money is coming for child care providers

Children work on letter puzzles at Kid's Castle Family Daycare and Preschool in Pflugerville on Monday, Feb. 28, 2022.

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