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Today, researchers from Yale University are releasing the findings of a survey of over 57,000 child care providers regarding community transmission of COVID-19 within the child care system. The survey is one of the largest epidemiological studies on a workforce ever conducted. The Yale study will be published in the January 2021 issue of Pediatrics, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and was posted on the AAP website this morning. You can find the full study, an Executive Summary, and a social media toolkit on the CCAoA website: https://www.childcareaware.org/yale.
Key findings: The study found that exposure to child care was not associated with an elevated risk of spreading COVID-19 to providers, as long as programs continue to follow core health and safety practices. The study also identifies that community spread matters and that child care programs will need to be responsive to localized transmission of COVID-19, which may result in ongoing closures or other challenges. The study did not investigate the effects of COVID-19 on children in child care. It focused solely on adults working in child care settings.
The report illustrates that child care providers are working hard to support families and keep their communities safe, but child care cannot continue to operate safely and survive this pandemic without robust federal investment. This research supports our efforts to continue advocating for $50 billion in additional federal funding so child care providers can keep following infection mitigation efforts, and programs can be supported as they respond to fluctuating transmission rates within their communities.
Please share this important study with your networks. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me.
State Policy Analyst