Hailed as “Heroes,” Child Care Workers in Some States Are Denied Vaccine Priority

January 27, 2021

For months, they have been described as “essential workers,” celebrated for their sacrifices and hailed as heroes for their role in keeping the country going in the face of a deadly pandemic. But with vaccinations underway—and an end to the exhaustion, fear and suffering finally in sight—early childhood educators in some states have found themselves snubbed by the very people who once praised them for stepping up in a crisis.

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