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Georgia daycare centers struggle to keep up due to staffing shortage

Daycare centers all over the state of Georgia are fighting staffing shortages, and having to turn parents away. Tender Years Learning Center in Macon is licensed for 98 children, but without the staff they need, they only have 32. LaShunda Hughes says after 29 years in childcare she has "never seen it do just like a big 360." Daycare and childcare centers are required to keep a specific staff to children ratio. Without that, families are turned away or placed on a waiting list. Georgia shelled out $72 million to child care providers, and now, they're issuing another bonus to staff that weathered the storm. Ellen Reynolds with Georgia Child Care Association says even that has a downside. Subscribe to 13WMAZ for exclusive content: 13WMAZ News is the #1 station for news and weather in the Central Georgia area, serving people in Dublin, Macon, Milledgeville and Warner Robins. Follow 13WMAZ on Social: Facebook: Instagram: Visit Site:
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