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08/01/17 features Children’s Village and Research for Action’s report on the daunting economics of early child care

“Pennsylvania offers more money to centers it deems higher quality, but the subsidies don’t cover what centers actually have to invest to meet the state’s quality benchmarks, according to a 2015 study of Philadelphia childcare facilities by the Nonprofit Finance Fund.

“There’s no incentive to become quality. And that’s the reality,” said longtime (Children’s Village) center director Mary Graham. “I don’t think providers get up in the morning and say I’m gonna be low quality. They wake up and say I’m gonna do the best I can with the resources.”

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