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Change of Plans

In People on May 1, 2012 at 2:34 pm

By Anthony LoPinto

Editors note: At the request of the subjects of this story, pseudonyms have been used to protect anonymity. Names and pictures are not reflective of the subjects. Aside from the pseudonyms, the story is factual.

It’s too soon

Katherine and Neil Brisker planned everything. Both in their late twenties – and both earning comfortable wages – they had met individual challenges through their five-year marriage and enjoyed a stable life.

They contributed to a savings account and settled in a safe neighborhood with good schools in Greensburg, Pa. Their life was close to ideal when they chose to have their first child.

At first, that planning paid off. They approached the baby boy’s June 6, 2011, due date with a sense that they had taken all necessary measures to make the transition to parenthood a seamless one. But on the morning of March 20, Katherine, 29 weeks pregnant, awoke confused and concerned.

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CCIS: Lending a hand

In Organizations on April 5, 2012 at 3:30 pm

By Anthony LoPinto

Pennsylvania’s working poor parents face distinct challenges with childcare. Financially, the expense of formal care often approaches or exceeds the total monthly income they receive, a total already stretched thin over several areas of need. Logistically, they must find a reliable care provider, coordinate drop-off and pickup times and ensure their children are safe and happy. Read the rest of this entry »

The True Cost of Childcare

In Defining The Problem on March 1, 2012 at 4:54 pm

By Anthony LoPinto

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