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Parents know high-quality child care and preschool slots can be hard to find on the Cape and Islands. Now parents and providers, with some support from the business community, are asking the state to dedicate more public funding to early education and care.

They hope to make care more affordable for families and raise the pay of staff, who sometimes earn so little that they qualify for subsidized child care for their own children.

J. Junker

Extended families have been around for generations, but a trend is growing within the last two decades: grandparents raising their grandchildren. On The Point, we discuss the emotional, financial and relationship challenges grandparents face, as well as the supports and services available. According to US Census figures, the number of American children being raised solely by grandparents doubled in the decade between 2000 and 2010. From 2.4 million to 4.9 million.