Bronx —

After 20 years of working for the city, Melvina Vandross doesn’t have a pension and hasn’t accumulated one day of paid vacation.

She’s one of more than 10,000 home-based child-care providers in the Bronx who contract with the Administration for Children’s Services to care for the children of low-income parents.

“The child-care system needs to be completely overhauled, from the way we’re paid to the respect we receive,” said Vandross.
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