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The government shutdown closed my child care

Katie Hamm shares how the government shutdown impacts her family.

Today my husband will be one of the 800,000 federal employees who does not receive a paycheck as the government shutdown approaches a record-breaking 22 days. While many federal workers are furloughed, my husband must report to work every day. But his paycheck could be delayed until the shutdown ends. In the meantime, the child care center my son attends in a federal building is closed, leaving us scrambling.

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Katie Hamm

Vice President, Early Childhood Policy