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NEW YORK — Parents continue to face difficulties finding day care in areas where options are limited.

Last month, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced nearly $17 million in grants would come to New York City to combat child care deserts, but the funding may be too little, too late for some, CBS2’s Jessi Mitchell reported Monday.

An interactive map published by the state Council on Children and Families shows darker areas where residents find fewer open slots and higher rates of poverty. The Committee for Hispanic Children and Families just opened a new office in the South Bronx to connect families and providers to valuable resources.

“I think that if you were to overlay a map of poverty and deserts, you would see that there is a correlation there,” said CHCF President and CEO Ramon Peguero, “and we all know that there is a correlation between lack of education and poverty. So for us, a desert means lack of opportunity.”

Read and Watch the interview here.

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