We need more high-quality child care options for families of all income levels | Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence
Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence

We need more high-quality child care options for families of all income levels

Learning Through COVID:

We need more high-quality child care options for families of all income levels

The results of our child care provider survey (May 2020) and the surveys of parents and families (July 2020 and January 2021) clearly show the need for greater financial support from Congress, and for a continued substantial, engaged planning with providers at the state level. Survey results showed:

  • As of January 2021, 46% of parents surveyed have quit jobs, declined jobs, or greatly changed their jobs due to issues with child care since March 2020.
  • In July 2020, 11-15% of remaining providers who responded said they may have to close permanently due to the financial impact of closing temporarily due to the COVID-19 crisis.
  • In January 2021, 30% responded that their child care provider used prior to the pandemic was still closed.

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