Loranne Ausley, Your Turn Published 6:38 p.m. ET May 17, 2020

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If anyone questioned the essential nature of child care before COVID-19, their doubts certainly have been put to rest. Yet national surveys indicate that more than half of the child care businesses that were in operation in March will not survive.  And families without child care options are not going to be able to get back to work.

 Simply put, our economy cannot get back to normal without child care.

The problem here in Florida and across our country is that the patchwork of mostly private child care centers that make up our child care/early learning industry does not make economic sense – for the child care

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