“We are on our own”: How the coronavirus pandemic is hurting child care workers

April 9, 2020

Miren Algorri has been a licensed day care provider for 22 years — her 23rd anniversary is coming up this month.

Ordinarily, Algorri and her assistant take care of up to 14 kids in her home in Chula Vista, California. The youngest right now is 16 months old. “We still rock him to sleep,” Algorri said. The oldest is 8, and she has been caring for him for six years.

But on Tuesday, she told Vox, “I am sad to announce that today we have zero attendance.”

Algorri was still technically open on Tuesday, and said she hopes to stay that way in case any families need her. It is her “duty and responsibility to these families so they can continue to make a living,” she told Vox. But as the coronavirus pandemic worsens, she’s not sure how long that will last.

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