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Tennessee officials are extending free pandemic child care for essential workers until mid-August, while allowing more categories of workers qualify for the program.

No field trips. No game rooms. No teddy bears. These are some of the CDC's guidelines for reopening schools, childcare centers and day camps safely in places where coronavirus cases are on the decline.

Child care providers around the country have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, with many facing closure even as others struggle to stay open.

At least 12 states have shuttered all child care except for essential workers, according to The Hunt Institute, an education nonprofit. In California, the decision is up to each provider, who must balance the needs of families with the health and safety of workers and children.

The Federal Election Commission has ruled that federal candidates can use campaign funds to pay for child care costs that result from time spent running for office.

On Thursday, the FEC ruled unanimously, 4-0, in favor of New York Democratic House candidate Liuba Grechen Shirley.

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 Kentucky's Division of Child Care says nearly half the state's child-care providers are highly ranked by the state's quality rating system.

One of the most stressful questions a new parent confronts is, "Who's going to take care of my baby when I go back to work?"

Figuring out the answer to that question is often not easy. When NPR, along with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, surveyed more than 1,000 parents nationwide about their child care experiences, a third reported difficulty finding care.

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More Kentucky families now qualify for financial aid to help pay for child care, thanks to increased funding from the state Legislature and a change in guidelines.

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  Kentucky Department of Community Based Services Commissioner Theresa James says the Commonwealth is among the recipients of a federal “Race to the Top” grant. She says the money will help parents find quality childcare, an expense that can be as much as a home mortgage. James says the grant will also address child care quality, which can vary drastically based on affordability.