New child care tax credits and funding mean help for Lehigh Valley families

A year ago, Sandy Bailey was looking forward to getting some financial relief.

The Allentown mother of two young children was ready to see her oldest start first grade in the 2020-2021 school year. It would mean lower child care bills, some welcome money for the single mom.

The COVID-19 pandemic not only took that relief away, it heaped more financial strain on Bailey and her family. School for Bailey’s oldest child was all virtual, and Bailey needed to pay for full-day care for her two kids so she could continue working full time through the pandemic.

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