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By Marc Lutz 

Lack of child care sends parents in search of solutions


November 18, 2021

Marc Lutz/Wrangell Sentinel

Nicole Hammer has been looking for work, as her unemployment benefits are set to expire. Accepting a job would mean finding day care for her son, Tylon, but she's been unable to find any except some help from family.

Nicole Hammer is faced with a child care conundrum that has no easy solutions. As her unemployment benefits run out, she needs to find a job. But finding someone to watch her son is proving to be difficult.

Without a day care center and with few home-based child care providers, Wrangell parents have had to get creative when it comes to finding someone to watch their children while they work. In some cases, they've had to quit working. Or, in Hammer's case, she can't accept a job offer until she has day care.

"It's come to the point where I have to go back to work, but how does one go back t...

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