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Access to child care poses challenges for reopening Wisconsin economy

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When Rebecca Ehlers and her husband sought a school for their two children, they looked at options that would include access to extended child care.

Ehlers is the vice president of marketing and communications for LUMIN Schools, and her husband is a vice president at a travel and leisure group. In normal circumstances, Ehlers said, they work on-site and cannot pick their kids up until between 5:30 and 6 p.m.

“Without child care, we wouldn’t be able to do the jobs that we have right now,” she said. “It’s really important, it’s critical, for us as working parents to have a place for them to go.”

While they worked from home and their kids learned remotely in the spring, Ehlers said their employers were understanding about their needs as working parents to attend to their kids and their education. Their work days extended, she said, because of the added responsibilities at home.

If the school did not return to in-person instruction, she said, they would have had to arrange work-from-home schedules. Ehlers said she is grateful the extended child care will also continue and that they don’t need to find another provider.

She said some families are scrambling to find care for their children […]

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