Employment rates in daycare remain about 10% below pre-pandemic levels, much lower than other industries, according to a timely article from Bloomberg. While Congress continues to debate how to help families access child care, the workforce is dwindling.

“Low pay, demanding work and a lack of benefits have driven child-care workers out of the industry for good during the pandemic — creating ripple effects on the rest of the U.S. economy.” Research suggests many daycare workers have left for better-paying positions in education.