To borrow a phrase recently used by Governor DeWine, THIS IS NOT A DRILL!
New research just released by NAEYC shows that COVID-19 has forced child care programs into a series of impossible choices between health, safety, quality, and financial solvency.
Chronically underfunded and operating with razor-thin margins even before the pandemic, our child care system is in a crisis.
If Help Does NOT Come, 45% of
Programs Will Close!
Only 18% of programs are confident they will be able to stay open past a year without public assistance.
50% of minority-owned programs are certain they will have to close without the help they need.
86% of child care programs are serving fewer children now than they were prior to the pandemic
63% of programs across all settings expect to be operating at or below 80% of enrollment past the end of this summer.
Re-read that and let it truly sink in. Without additional funding, countless children will not be able to receive the care they deserve and countless early childhood educators will be unemployed! All of the gains we have been fighting for will be lost.
We know that the child care industry is critical for families and our economy. If there is no child care, there is no recovery. If you care for our industry, the time is NOW!
Congress needs to pass legislation with at least $50 billion in federal funds to save child care.