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How A Minimum Wage Increase May Impact Underpaid Child Care Field

Mar 13, 2019

Two big things are on the horizon for Illinois' child care system.

The first is an increase in the state's minimum wage, which will rise from $8.25 to $15 over the next six years. The other is the Trump administration's proposed billion-dollar infusion of funding to increase the supply of child care to underserved populations, as first reported this week by NPR.

Katie Stelle-Mardis, owner of Katie's Kids Learning Centers in Bloomington-Normal, tells GLT's Ryan Denham that the minimum wage increase will impact the child care industry in many ways, especially because it's such an underpaid field already.

You can also listen to the full interview:

You can hear more on this by subscribing to the NPR Life Kit podcast. This series is called Parenting: Difficult Conversations.

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