This brief from NWLC provides new estimates of what it would cost to sustain the child care system during the coronavirus pandemic. Our nation’s child care system was already fragile before the coronavirus pandemic – providers operated on razor thin margins, workers made poverty level wages, and families struggled to afford care. Now, the public health and economic crises we are facing have severely strained the system. Absent adequate investment, many temporary child care closures will become permanent ones, hampering our economic recovery.