This story is first in a series, published in The Reader and on, that spotlights the experiences of low-income, working families in Omaha.

Flor Campos’ daycare was open 24 hours a day.

“Why [wouldn’t I] help families that wake up at four in the morning [for work] and don’t have anywhere to take the kids?” Campos said.

Campos, herself a single mom of five kids, left her job as an assistant preschool teacher to found an in-home daycare that offered flexible hours and subsidized rates. She knew her services were needed by low-income parents, including many refugees employed in meatpacking plants, who worked long before and after their kids went to school.

Want to read more of Campos’ story and learn about low-income families’ struggle to find quality childcare? Click below to check out this month’s Omaha Jobs column, written by Leah Cates and published on, and in the print edition of The Reader.

Leah Cates is a reporter and Editorial & Membership Associate for The Reader. You can connect with Leah via Twitter (@cates_leah) or email (

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