March 25, 2020
I wanted to share a brief update about our work in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. With the COVID-19 pandemic impacting early care and education and all aspects of our social and economic life, the Louisiana Policy Institute for Children is working to respond to this ongoing crisis.
disseminated a statewide survey
to gather data on the impact that COVID-19 is having on our child care providers,
n partnership with
Agenda for Children, the United Way of Southeast Louisiana, Louisiana Association of United Ways, and resource & referral agencies across the state.
An initial analysis of the survey findings will be used to inform policy and practice recommendations to stabilize and support the early care and education sector during this extraordinary time.
We already have national data from the
National Association for the Education of Young Children
49% of child care providers are currently losing money
due to parents being unable to pay,
while some providers are closing altogether
to protect their employees and the children they serve from the spread of COVID-19. Disturbingly,
only 11% of the more than 6,000 surveyed providers are confident in their ability to reopen their businesses
after an indefinite closure.
LPIC is also
policy changes needed to support children and families and stabilize the early care and education sector.
Examples include waivers of co-pay requirements for families receiving child care assistance whose work has been affected by COVID-19, removing attendance requirements for child care subsidies, and requiring practice changes to protect the health of child care workers and families.
The fact is, having access to reliable, affordable child care is what allows parents to go to work. Access to quality early care and education was a problem
If only 11% of existing providers in our state are able to remain open through this crisis or reopen after this crisis abates, as a national survey suggests, lack of access to quality early care and education will cripple Louisiana’s recovery efforts and grind our economy to a standstill.
Our goal is to ensure that Louisiana's child care workforce and young children and working parents who are getting us through the crisis are being supported during this difficult time.