Child care-less: A search for solutions
is a two-part series about the child care landscape in Whatcom County.

Written by Audra Anderson

Laura Klotzer, 32, engages 10-month-old Ember with a toy Feb. 9 in their Bellingham home. Klotzer quit her job to take care of Ember.

Part I: Child care challenges plague Whatcom parents, providers

Healthy Children’s Fund plan presented Feb. 21

Read part one, which focuses on issues facing parents and providers.

Teacher Lizzy Chandler, left, watches Mac play in the mud pit Feb. 13 at Barefeet Farm School. The outdoor school, which just became licensed thanks to a 2021 state law, operates year-round, rain or shine.

Part II: Whatcom County, state are 'championing' child care cause

Healthy Children’s Fund, state legislation, citizens all tackle issues

Read part two, which details the ways people at the local and state level are addressing child care.