"Go back. Don't go back. Go back. Don't go back. -- This is the debate playing out every single day all across the country inside the heads of parents of day care-age children."
When I heard the set up for this interview on Weekend Edition Sunday, I perked up. I have a toddler at home all day, every day, and I'm pretty desperate to have him out of my hair. He also desperately misses his "school" -- probably the only part of the pandemic he understands.
There's a larger conversation about safely reopening schools for the fall. The Juneau School District is working on its plan right now. That plan relies on social distancing measures, but everyone knows that toddlers can't stay away from each other. There are other issues with day care facilities that school districts don't face: many of them are in financial trouble after being closed for a few months and they were short-staffed or barely staffed before the pandemic hit.
I wish someone could make the decision for me whether or not to send my kid back to day care, but in the meantime, there's this interesting interview with an expert on what child care centers can do to keep kids safe.
-- Jennifer Pemberton, KTOO Managing Editor