COVID-19 Resources for Policymakers

COVID-19 continues to highlight the vital role child care plays for millions of children and families across the country. Unfortunately, the virus also underscores the precariousness of high-quality, affordable and accessible child care – the result of years of underinvestment in the system.  It is more important than ever to implement policies that invest in the sector and build a sustainable future for child care. Child Care Aware® of America’s (CCAoA) created this COVID-19 Resources for Policymakers page, which includes recommendations and tools so that policymakers—at all levels of government—can make informed decisions on child care.  

Stories from the Field

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Kate Aronoff, Parent, Oregon

When Kate Aronoff’s child care center closed due to COVID-19, she enrolled her two young children in another program in the area. Sadly, only a couple weeks after that, that program closed permanently as well.

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Child Care Storybook

Read the new Child Care Storybook by Child Care In Crisis to hear from stories from your constituents – parents, grandparents, early childhood educators, home-based child care providers and small business owners. Hear from individuals who struggle each day to navigate a child care system that’s been pushed to the brink of collapse because of a lack of sufficient public investment.

Additional Resources from CCAoA

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Emergency Child Care & Technical Assistance Center™ provides training, technical assistance and resources for the entire child care community. CCR&Rs, providers, families and employers are encouraged to get support during the COVID-19 crisis, and beyond. 

Explore Picking Up the Pieces, CCAoA’s newest report. It’s organized into three chapters that explore the impact of COVID-19 on child care access, affordability, and quality.   

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