The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on child care providers, causing widespread layoffs and closures nationwide. Significant declines in enrollment paired with steep increases in operating expenses have created an unsustainable financial situation for an industry that traditionally relies on razor-thin margins. Recognizing the essential role of child care for children, working families, and the economy, Democrats and Republicans in Congress have sought to prioritize funding and other relief opportunities for child care providers as part of ongoing COVID-19 recovery efforts.
In each of the four major relief packages Congress has passed, the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) has been a primary mechanism for providing funding to child care providers and for ensuring access to child care for thousands of working families – including essential workers. This resource outlines funding amounts for CCDBG provided in each of the bills, how funds can be used, and relevant deadlines for reporting & spending the dollars.
This resource outlines funding amounts for CCDBG provided in each of the COVID-19 relief bills, how funds can be used, and relevant deadlines for reporting & spending the dollars.
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.”