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The San Diego Union-Tribune is putting a spotlight on the real cost of child care in California.
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California reimburses providers based on what families can pay, rather than what it costs to provide care. To bridge the gap, providers serving the state’s neediest children must get by on low pay
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There’s aid available, but the system can be tough to navigate. Here’s what parents need to know.
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The state is supposed to help families afford child care. But few qualify for help, and most of those who do are not being served.
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The aid reaches only a small fraction of families who need it — and providers, who aren’t paid enough to cover their costs, remain stretched to the limit.
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Under U.S. health reform, we’re supposed to need more physician assistants, nursing aides and other paraprofessionals to serve an influx of newly insured patients. But are the private, for-profit colleges who train nearly a third of these workers up to the task? Not necessarily.

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