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New Brief Released: The New Normal: What Is the Impact on Provider Costs?

The National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance (ECQA Center) is pleased to share The New Normal: What Is the Impact on Provider Costs?. This short brief explains how the Provider Cost of Quality Calculator can help states, territories, and Tribes understand the costs of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) mitigation practices in early care and education (ECE) settings and design financial supports that help them stay open (or reopen) to serve children and their families.

 

The need to maintain healthy environments and to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 requires additional staff and supplies and incurs additional costs. Using the Provider Cost of Quality Calculator can help states, territories, and Tribes understand these costs.

 

The Provider Cost of Quality Calculator is a free Web-based tool that calculates the cost of care based on site-level provider data. It may be used to estimate the costs of COVID-19 supplies and additional staff time; test differential subsidy rates, grants, and other financial supports; and gauge the impact of the supports on different types of ECE programs, including family child care.

 

The Provider Cost of Quality Calculator has resources that explain how to use it. For additional information and support, please visit the ECQA Center website or email us at QualityAssuranceCenter@ecetta.info.