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Private child-care providers see only small share of budget surplus
Private child-care providers see only small share of budget surplus

Marta Delgado has been up for hours cleaning, preparing meals and setting out books for the 6:30 a.m. arrival of her first families. As a day-care provider who watches a dozen children in her Long Beach home, Delgado's schedule is around the clock. Parents — who are janitors and fast-food managers, receptionists and medical assistants, postal carriers and airport employees — sometimes don't pick up their children until nearly midnight. Regardless of how much money the parents have, Delgado, 50, fights to find a way to take in the children. Without her, she said, parents couldn't go to work to provide for their families. Delgado, like thousands of other...

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