We sought to document in words and pictures the lives of five women who provide care for keiki, plus investigate what’s being done to better support Hawai‘i’s child care workforce.

Child care providers spend long hours cooking, cleaning, teaching and comforting keiki, and providing lifelines for working parents to support their families. To shine a light on this important sector, our lead story in the October issue is “Child Care is a Labor of Love,” accompanied by a series of profiles on five local child care providers.

While child care providers and workers play an integral role in children’s emotional, social and intellectual development, they often do not make living wages. And there’s still a misconception that child care workers are just babysitters. Read more here.

 

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