Loss of child care providers in region: ‘That’s crisis-level’

Early childhood education and child care across the region remains in flux, data indicate.

Roughly 17 providers in Cambria County and two in Somerset County closed from 2019 through 2023, said Jen DeBell, executive director of the Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children.

Those numbers were determined by comparing pre-COVID-19 pandemic numbers to post-pandemic data from the Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children.

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