How have the crises of 2020 – the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing economic turmoil – impacted children and families? On September 30, 2020, we held a virtual discussion to learn from national data collected. What the video and see the resources below.
The upside of the pandemic for child care is increased attention and calls for support. This is an opportunity for funders to help reshape the field and create a system that is more equitable, affordable, and accessible for all families. The downside is that pre-existing problems (an unsustainable business model, questions around quality, professionals not earning a living wage, and more) that once were cracks in the system are now fissures. This conversation explores a new vision for what child care could be and how we can work together to achieve it.
The upcoming Census faces challenges particularly harmful to young children. Census counts determine funding for many programs and supports for children and their families, so it is critical that the Census is accurate and fair, but many experts warn that young children in particular may be undercounted.