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With pandemic relief money for child care winding down, states are looking for ways to ensure the sector survives so parents can go to work. skynesher/Getty Images hide caption

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Kentucky had an outside-the-box idea to fix child care worker shortages. It's working

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Destiny Vansickle is a teacher in the 2-year-old classroom at A Place to Grow. Thanks to the bonuses and wage increases she received in the pandemic, she was able to buy her first house. Andrea Hsu/NPR hide caption

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$400-a-month pandemic bonuses were life-changing for child care workers. That's over

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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plays with children as he inspects a day care center in Yokohama in 2013. More than 20,000 Japanese children are on wait lists for day care. Kyodo/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Will More Day Care Help Boost Japan's Sluggish Economy?

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