Ways to fix the child care system in Washington state

Four years after Ortega found care for her older son, the same neighbor now takes care of Ortega’s younger son, who is 2, and watches his older brother, now 6, before school. 

When the couple’s younger son turns 3, he too will be able to attend Blossoms. He will also have an IEP. Born with microtia, an underdeveloped ear, he has speech problems and will likely experience hearing loss in the affected ear. He receives therapy for both. 

“It isn’t easy” working full time, caring for her family and studying, Ortega said. In the mornings, she drops off the boys early at the neighbor’s house, goes to work, leaves work

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