Wall Street Journal: Coronavirus Threatens to Push the Child-Care Industry Over the Edge

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The coronavirus pandemic has plunged U.S. day cares into a financial crisis.

Child-care centers across the country—big chains, tiny in-home operations, nonprofits—are teetering. Enrollment slumped in the spring and never fully recovered. Extra expenses, like protective gear and deep cleaning, are piling up. By some estimates, some 40% of U.S. day cares are closed. Many of those that are open have half the number of children they did in February, or less.

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