For low-income parents, no day care often means no pay

Abha Bhattarai and Alyssa Fowers
The Washington Post
Kevin Flanagan at home with his kids, Brian and Meredith, in Seekonk, Mass.

It's become a familiar routine: Her daughter's day care is closed, so Hannah Watland is home without pay.

In the meantime, her expenses pile up. She owes $500 in rent and $600 a month for day care, whether it's open or not. Her bank account is down to $20.