Emergency child care funding is about to end. Expect more daycares to hike prices, close.

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Melissa Colagrosso, CEO and senior director of A Place To Grow Children’s Center in West Virginia, said the additional funding meant the child care center could staff up by offering bonuses and make “much needed” infrastructure improvements, including updating lighting and replacing outdated HVAC systems.

“We spent many, many years borrowing to make payroll because the math doesn’t add up in this industry,” she told USA TODAY. “When the math no longer adds up and I go back to borrowing money to sustain this business, I won’t do it again. I won’t do it again. We’ll close.”

Photo credit: Joe Hotchkiss, The Augusta Chronicle

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