COVID-19 Risk among Child Care Providers

Read Yale University’s study on the spread of COVID-19 among child care workers and explore supplemental resources from Child Care Aware® of America.


A survey conducted by Yale University of more than 55,000 child care providers from May and June 2020 in the United States helps provide some answers to the safety of child care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.  Keep reading by clicking the button below.

Young girl with mask and backpack


Child Care Aware® of America’s accompanying resources will help Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agencies and child care providers understand and respond to the report findings.

Policy Recommendations

The survey findings illustrate that the child care sector is working hard to support families, but providers need significant help from lawmakers if they are to survive this pandemic.

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Social Toolkit

Share key findings from Yale University’s study and CCAoA’s recommendations. Access graphics and posts you can customize for your social media accounts.

Explore the Social Toolkit

Toolkit for CCR&Rs

Child care resource and referral agencies are encouraged to present findings to child care providers, families and community stakeholders using items in this toolkit.

Download the CCR&R Kit

Explore Our Related Report

Explore CCAoA’s September 2020 report, Picking Up the Pieces: Building a Better Child Care System Post COVID-19. Learn about how COVID-19 has impacted child care quality, affordability and accessibility.

Read the Report

Request Technical Assistance

Child care providers and CCR&Rs, can now get free individualized guidance on child care health & safety measures or business support from CCAoA.

Request Technical Assistance

Message Your Member of Congress

Providers need significant help if they are to survive this pandemic. Send an email to your lawmakers to ensure that child care programs receive federal support.

Take Action

Yale University Research Team

Meet the team behind Yale University’s report.

Walter Gilliam, PhD

Walter Gilliam, PhD

David Wilkinson, JD

John Eric Humphries, PhD

Thomas Murray, MD, PhD

Saad B. Omer, MBBS, MPH, PhD, FIDSA

Dr. Amyn Malik

Amyn A. Malik, MBBS, MPH, PhD

Mehr Shafiq, BS

Mehr Shafiq, BS

Madeline Klotz, BA

Madeline Klotz, BA

Chin Reyes, PhD

Jad A. Elharake, BS

Jad A. Elharake, BS

Child Care Aware® of America Leadership Team

Meet the faces behind CCAoA’s resources created in response to the Yale study to support child care systems leaders, providers, families and employers.

Lynette Fraga, PhD

Anne Hedgepeth

Renee Boynton-Jarrett, MD, Sc

Receive Related Updates

As new data emerges, we will share a series of additional reports digging into different components from within the survey. Fill out the form below to receive supplemental reports, supporting resources and updates.


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Click here to watch the recording of the virtual press briefing from October 14, 2020.

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