COVID shrinks Florida’s labor pool by a quarter-million workers

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Lindsay Morris opened the Rain River Learning Center in St. Augustine in August 2020. Despite the pandemic, she would like to expand her capacity but she cannot find enough qualified employees.

Castle Brook Academy, one of the longest-running preschools in St. Augustine, has a capacity for 225 students.

Enrollment usually hovers around 125, but for the last year or so numbers haven’t pushed past 75.

That’s not by the management’s choice; rather, the workforce market is limiting the amount of children Castle Brook can serve because the facility — like many other daycare and early learning centers — is having trouble finding and keeping qualified staff members.

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“It’s very frustrating,” said Stephanie Bradley, Castle Brook Academy’s director. “We have four whole rooms we’ve had to shut down.”

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