Protecting the Child Care Industry During Covid-19
The COVID-19 pandemic is sweeping the world, our country and our communities. The coronavirus has affected every aspect of our daily lives, and has consumed most of our attention and energy.
Due to COVID-19, child care centers must consider temporarily closing, but are faced with the real fear that they may not be able to open again when the virus subsides. In a recent survey of 6,000 child care teachers and workers, only 11% were confident they would be able to re-open without assistance after a closure of an indefinite amount of time. 47% of those surveyed said they would not be able to survive even a two week closure.
Fortunately, Congress just passed a $2 trillion COVID-19 relief bill that includes $3.5 billion in funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grant and $750 million for Head Start. Additionally, child care teachers and workers will be able to access Small Business Administration loans, which can help them stay in business.
This stimulus package is a vital first step towards ensuring that teachers and workers are recognized and protected, and that families will have a safe, quality place for their children to return to when the crisis is over. But there is still more to do.
Children and families depend on child care. So we must continue to ensure that the child care industry is able to survive this crisis so that parents are able to re-enter the workforce and know that their children are in the same quality care as they were before.
Learn how you can be an advocate for children, families and child care teachers and workers during this difficult time.
All across the country, SCAN is working to ensure that children, families and caregivers are a priority.
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We need to make sure Congress continues to prioritize the needs of our littlest learners by prioritizing their access to child care while their parents work. Send a message to your members of Congress today – prioritize kids as we address the coronavirus pandemic!
Below is a sample letter. Feel free to adapt and use.
View SCAN’s Press Release
SCAN and its coalition partners have been writing letters to Congress, urging them to include the needs of children, families and child care teachers and workers in their stimulus bills. Read the letters below.
Include Child Care in the Next Economic Relief Package (March 17, 2020)
CBC Emergency Response Letter (March 24, 2020)
Child Care Community Statement (March 27, 2020)
Recommendations for the CARES Act (April 9, 2020)
Strengthen SNAP in the Next Federal
COVID-19 Relief Package (April 9, 2020)
Child care teachers and workers provide a vital service, but have been badly hit during the pandemic.
Many need financial support right now to ensure that they will be able to reopen their doors when the crisis is over.
To assist those who need it, below are some resources about small business loans, specifically for the child care industry.
Sample Application Form
(Includes the information needed to apply)
The 2020 Election is still in full swing!
We need to make sure that the candidates are putting kids first.