Low-Wage America: Laressa Matthews Laressa Matthews lives and works in Balitmore, Md., operating a home day care center. Her day is 13 hours long, beginning at 5 a.m. She cares for eight children, ranging in age from just over one year to 12. She is one of tens of million of people who are low wage workers, earning less than $9 per hour. As part of a yearlong series of profiles of low-wage workers, NPR's Noah Adams spent the day with Laressa Matthews as she feeds, cares for and teaches the children and their mothers. She has no health care, no savings and no safety net.