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Governors Respond To COVID-19 | Child Care Workers

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Luke X. Martin
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KCUR 89.3
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has taken criticism for responding slowly to the coronavirus pandemic.

Segment 1: Two states, two governors, one pandemic

The virus that has descended on the world and a lack of clear guidance from Washington has given residents of Missouri and Kansas an opportunity to see two governors — one Democratic, one Republican — respond differently to the crisis.

Segment 2, beginning at 31:34: Child care for essential workers

Essential workers are still reporting to work, and those with children still need to arrange safe child care. It means child care providers are still in demand, just maybe not to the same degree. So how are area organizations responding?

KCUR wants to hear stories of what’s helping you get through these tough times.

Whether it’s a random act of kindness or a personal ritual, let us know. Leave a voicemail at 816-398-8207 ‬with your brief story, name, and where you live. You can also email a voice memo to KCUR producer Mackenzie Martin at mackenzie@kcur.org.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.
As senior producer of Up To Date, I want our listeners to hear familiar and new voices that shine light on the issues and challenges facing the myriad communities KCUR serves, and to expose our audiences to the wonderful and the creative in the Kansas City area. Just as important to me is an obligation to mentor the next generation of producers to ensure that the important conversations continue. Reach me at alexanderdk@kcur.org.
The Kansas City region has long been a place where different ways of life collide. I tell the stories of people living and working where race, culture and ethnicity intersect. I examine racial equity and disparity, highlight the area's ethnic groups and communities of color, and invite all of Kansas City to explore meaningful ways to bond with and embrace cultures different from their own. Email me at luke@kcur.org.