‘You’re stuck’: America wants to reopen its economy. It won’t happen without schools or child care

Before she was laid off in March, Sharlotte Stapleton’s 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. shift at the Magnolia Bluffs Hotel in Natchez was a near perfect match to her son Kvian’s school day. She wasn’t at the mercy of long wait lists for after-school programs and didn’t have to scramble to find affordable private options, a rarity in Mississippi where working parents are often forced to put after-school arrangements together piecemeal.