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This issue brief provides background information about the structures of child care costs and revenues and shows how the pandemic has affected the financial picture of providers. The paper also describes implementation issues for allocating financial resources to stabilize child care programs and the workforce. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.
This report summarizes survey data collected in 2020, both before and during the pandemic; it is the fourth survey, preceded by findings from 2004, 2009, 2014.
This report covers results of a survey of 1,445 providers between September 28-October 7, 2020. Results indicate that more programs are open now than in the spring or summer, although on average they are serving half the children they were serving last fall. The survey also shows that there is unequal access to afterschool for children from low-income families.
This toolkit includes resources that will help build child care supply. It includes six steps: (1) assess and plan; (2) identify resources; (3) generate awareness; (4) develop strategies; (5) implement your plan; and (6) evaluate and implement. The concepts build on recognized strategic planning principles and include stories of success. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.
This issue brief outlines why OST programs are an essential part of the nationwide response to the coronavirus pandemic. It is a user-friendly look at how many children use or need afterschool programs and what impact quality programs have. It outlines what parents, businesses, schools, and state and local policymakers can do to support OST programs during COVID-19.
There are four issue briefs as part of Reviewing State Policies series: (1) Supporting Financial Stability for Providers; (2) Child Care Ratios and Class Sizes; (3) Protecting Health and Safety; and (4) Support for Families. Each brief provides an overview about state policies emerging during this time of COVID-19, with multiple state policy examples that other states can learn from.
The Afterschool Alliance conducted a survey from May 28-June 30, 2020 to explore what afterschool programs are experiencing during the pandemic. The results show that 84 percent of programs are concerned that they will not be able to provide services in the fall due to increased requirements and 61 percent are concerned they may close permanently.
This issue brief was designed to inform the strategies and policies that the federal, state, and local government, as well as child care stakeholders, could adopt to support children, families, and afterschool programs during COVID-19. It opens with a review of the challenges that school-age child care is facing.
This issue brief identifies 10 recommendations states should consider as child care centers reopen and meet new health and safety guidelines during COVID-19. These are recommendations to balance new health and safety guidelines with financial stability, like increasing access to capital, subsidy payments based on enrollment, and gathering data on unemployment to understand impact on demand.
This brief outlines the state of rural afterschool resources. Currently, only 13 percent of rural children participate in afterschool programs compared with 25 percent of urban children; these discrepancies are due to barriers including diverse funding sources, transportation, facilities, staffing, and programming supports.