Who will watch the kids? Florida families, child care providers vulnerable with loss of federal money

Jasmine Brown plays with her youngest son, Elijah, in the backyard of her home in Marion County, Fla., Thursday, Oct. 5, 2023. (Azhalia Pottinger/Fresh Take Florida)

Jasmine Brown, an Ocala mother of four, has been on waitlists at some local daycare centers for almost two years. Unable to find a program she can afford that could enroll her 1- and 3-year-old sons together, she’s split them between two different centers this year.

The 29-year-old single parent spent 18 months out of work due to struggles to find safe and affordable child care.

“If you can’t work, you can’t provide,” she

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