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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