Child care providers are struggling to stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic. Before the outbreak, Hawaii was already facing a shortage of child care to the demand needed in the state.
Deborah Zysman, Executive Director of Hawaii Children's Action Network states that “I think we're concerned in the same way that we can about restaurants closing down and not reopening. [The] child care industry is very fragile,” she said. “A lot of people are very concerned that this crisis is going to just bankrupt some and force them to close and they won't reopen. We already did not have enough child care in Hawaii going into this mess.”