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Six Months After Harvey, Many Families Are Still Struggling To Find Childcare

A relief organization is now working to help childcare centers reopen so parents can go back to work

 

Save the Children Texas Director John Bracken said a lack of quality childcare can have a profound impact on kids.

Save the Children estimates about 1,400 childcare facilities were damaged during Harvey. That’s affected as many as 20,000 children.

Save the Children Texas Director John Bracken said a lack of quality childcare can have a profound impact on kids, especially those left traumatized by the floods.

‘We know that early childhood care is critical to a child’s development and getting them ready for school,” added Bracken. “If that process breaks down, where the childcare centers aren’t available or there’s not quality child care, it affects the children in terms of their development.”

The lack of quality childcare can also cause problems for the entire family.

“If parents don’t have a place to bring their children for child care then they can’t get back to work and they can’t get back on their feet,” said Bracken. “And it just brings the whole process to a grinding halt.”

Working with the local organization Collaborative for Children, Bracken said Save the Children has been able to help over 200 local childcares with repairs and equipment. He said they also plan to offer programs for kids during the summer months.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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