Moms bear brunt of child care shortage
October 27, 2023
In Clinton, the small city in western Minnesota where Autumn Morrissette lives, child care is hard to find. When Morrissette got pregnant with her first child in 2020, not even the daycare where she worked could make room for the baby.
“Nobody had infant spots — it’s the hardest thing to come by,” Morrissette said.
She worked at the child care center up until two weeks before she gave birth. She couldn’t afford to stay home indefinitely after the baby arrived because her husband owns a small construction business and his income fluctuates throughout the year.