Family Child Care Providers: Unsung Heroes in the COVID-19 Crisis
This policy brief summarizes findings from 22 focus groups with family child care (FCC) providers in CA, FL, MA, and WI during spring 2020. It reviews challenges that FCC providers faced as they provided care during the pandemic and the strengths they have that make them uniquely suited to respond to child care needs. The brief includes recommendations for ways to more fully support FCC providers during COVID-19 including increasing access to health and safety supplies and grants for increased costs, need for a living wage, and supports to help providers caring for school-age children who are doing distance learning. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.