Before the COVID-19 pandemic, there was already a shortage of child care suppliers compared to the demand in Hawaii. Now there is concern that the crisis is going to bankrupt some child care services and they won't be able to reopen.
"Deborah Zysman, executive director of Hawaii Children’s Action Network, said not all child care providers have access to resources like established companies.
“Many, especially our neighbor islands, are actually just often a woman providing child care out of her home,” she said. 'Those are frankly the ones that you’re most concerned about.'"