Child Care Aware of America has released a report, Picking up the Pieces: Building a Better Child Care System Post COVID-19, which was built on data typically collected for their annual reports but gathered as much information as they could for 2020 to add the COVID-19 layer on top of it. “The child care system was fragile before COVID-19. The child care industry is now shattered completely.” There is a dynamic version you can view online or download the pdf.
Yale University conducted a survey of more the 55,000 child care providers from May to June to help us understand the safety of child care providers when it comes to COVID-19 exposure, COVID-19 Risk Among Child Care Providers. They found that “As long as there were strong preventative measures in place, providing care to infants, toddlers and preschoolers didn’t seem to pose additional risk to child care workers. Based on the results of the survey, the Yale team found that during the early months of the U.S. coronavirus pandemic, child care providers were not more likely to contract COVID-19 whether their workplace closed or stayed open.”
Herr Research Center and the Erikson Institute published a research to policy brief in September 2020, Family Child Care Providers: Unsung Heroes in the COVID-19 Crisis. These institutions have been working on a project to better understand the decline of family child care providers prior to COVID-19. They are now looking into family child care during the pandemic. They conducted 22 focus groups in four states with 123 family child care providers.