Child care is at a premium in York County.

And that could have an effect on employment.

Some 6,800 children did not have access to high-quality child care even before the pandemic, according to York County Economic Alliance development chief Silas Chamberlain. That number has increased significantly to about 10,000 during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Those stats are used by a lot of organizations to simply say ‘We need to get those children into high-quality child care for their own education and for their growth as individuals’,” he said. “But obviously the second piece of that is if there’s not high-quality child care, then the people who are providing that care at home can’t return to the workforce.”

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