Tucson pharmacist Jessie Zugerman has what many parents would consider an ideal child-care solution - a center sponsored by her employer that she can easily visit during breaks.
Jasmine Bryant is about to start training to be a nursing assistant and is looking for a part-time job. But both plans will be scrapped if the single Tucson mom cannot find care for her 4-year-old.
A tired Jasmine Bryant keeps an eye on daughter Jada, one of nearly 6,600 children on a waiting list for vouchers that provide government subsidies to help parents pay for child care. As metro Tucson's poverty climbed in the last decade, welfare became harder to get.
Mary Ann Hartmann wakes up granddaughter, Adonia, 3, to get her ready for child care. Hartmann got on the state waiting list last year and has renewed her application once, but so far nothing is happening. "It's disheartening," says Hartmann, 56 whose annual take-home pay is about $12,000.
Jasmine Bryant helps her daughter, Jada, write numbers. Jasmine Bryant receives child support of $420 per month, which covers rent and electricity in the transitional housing she rents through Our Family. She says paying for food is a stretch - she gets $7 in food stamps per day - and there'…
A 48-year-old childcare provider could be placed on probation or receive up to two years in prison after pleading guilty Thursday to child abuse.
Child center receives church accreditation
A childcare provider was arrested Thursday by Tucson police on suspicion of child abuse after bruises were found all over the body of a 3-year-old boy in her care.