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COVID-19 Impacts: Child Care

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This is a special two-hour Maine Calling program in response to the pressing issues facing Maine during the coronavirus crisis. For the second hour, click here.

As Maine feels the life-altering effects of the coronavirus crisis, most workplaces, businesses and schools are shutting down. But this raises a new set of challenges.

In the first hour of Monday's show, we address the child care dilemma that is facing Maine during this difficult time. Many who must continue to work — from those in the service industry and emergency workers to health care providers — still need care for their young children. Child care centers are finding themselves taking on more children, even as schools are mostly closed at this point. We'll learn how the state and the individual child care centers are addressing the pressing child care issues facing Maine.

Guests

Tara Williams, executive director, Maine Association for the Education of Young Children

Todd Landry, director, Office of Child and Family Services, Maine Department of Health & Human Services

Tracye Fortin (call-in), director, Educare

Rita Furlow (call-in), senior policy analyst, Maine Children’s Alliance

Meagan Hamblett (call-in), executive director, YMCA Alliances of Maine and New Hapmshire/Vermont

Sasha Shunk (call-in), board member, Family Child Care Association of Maine; owner, Shunk Child Care in Portland

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Cindy helps produce Maine Public's live call-in show Maine Calling, and sometimes hosts the show—as well as the All Books Considered Book Club. Her first foray into journalism after graduating from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism was to intern with CNN in China in the wake of the Tiananmen Square massacre. She then worked in print journalism over the decades, as a factchecker, writer and editor, with publications ranging from the Los Angeles Times Magazine to the magazine of the National Zoo to a food trends magazine.