The survey will be conducted as a confidential survey (12-20 minutes) of child care providers across the nation using a secured online survey platform asking a series of questions about COVID-19 exposure potential and symptoms, as well as different methods of reducing the spread of COVID-19 that providers may or may not have used. Data will be combined geocoded data estimating the amount of viral spread in different communities. The project will allow us to estimate the amount of COVID-19 spread that may happen when child care programs are reopened. We will do this by comparing the amount of exposure and symptoms that child care providers in open programs report, compared to providers in programs that closed near the beginning of the pandemic. We will also explore which strategies employed by child care programs (frequent disinfecting, frequent handwashing, mask wearing, symptom screening, etc.) were most related to reducing viral spread.
Please know that the data will be collected on a secured platform and maintained in a de-identified state to ensure confidentiality.
We want to keep safe and healthy our wonderful child care providers, their families and the children and families they serve. And we will need this very quickly, before most child care programs reopen, making it impossible to compere providers in the open programs to those in the closed ones.
We hope that you will help connect this work to your child care providers before the window of opportunity closes to collect these data and generate useful policy recommendations.
Please let us know whether we may provide any additional information. Thank you for all you do. Your work has always been of incredible value in supporting child care across America. The stakes have always been high. Today, they are higher still.
Walter S. Gilliam, PhD
Elizabeth Mears & House Jameson Professor of Child Psychiatry & Psychology
Director, Edward Zigler Center in Child Development & Social Policy
Yale Child Study Center
Yale School of Medicine
Child Care Aware of America, President of the Board of Directors