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Wednesday: Learning

Day care prices aren’t getting better; states are now stepping in

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Across the country, the story for families is virtually the same: Child care is unaffordable for many, hard to find for those who can pay, and financially precarious for day care operators and their employees. The Biden administration and Congress tried to alleviate some ...

Homeschooled kids face unique college challenges

Homeschooling is the fastest-growing education setting in the United States. More than 3 million students were educated at home in the 2021-22 school year, up from 2.5 million in the spring of 2019. Current estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau indicate that there are 3.62 million students ...

State pushes to expand free pre-K programs

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is pursuing the goal of extending free pre-K to more Michigan families by 2027. Her plan would make families with incomes up to 400% of the federal poverty level eligible for the program. The expansion would come with a $254.6 million increase in state ...

America’s child care crisis holding back moms without college degrees

AUBURN, Wash. (AP) — After a series of lower-paying jobs, Nicole Slemp finally landed one she loved. She was a secretary for Washington’s child services department, a job that came with her own cubicle, and she had a knack for working with families in difficult situations. Slemp expected ...