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This June, the Women’s Bureau in the US Department of Labor is celebrating 100 years of advancing the well-being of working women. From its inception, a central focus of the agency’s work has been childcare.
Family childcare — provided in homes rather than institutional settings — is the preferred choice of many working women. Running a home-based childcare business has also long been an important avenue for women’s entrepreneurship, especially in low-income communities. Yet since 2005, the licensed family childcare sector has lost almost 100,000 providers, declining by 44 percent.More