A new national survey of more than 6,000 child care providers shows the depth of sacrifices they are making to remain open during the coronavirus pandemic. The survey was conducted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in November, 2020 across numerous states and settings.
Below are some of the survey findings from Illinois providers (742 responses; 48% from child care centers and 52% from family child care homes):
- 62% of respondents from child care center and family child care homes said they are losing money by remaining open, even as they are desperately trying to stay open for the children and families they serve.
- 61% of respondents reported putting supplies or other items on their personal credit card or dipping into their personal savings accounts, including 77% of family child care homes
- 93% of respondents are paying additional costs for cleaning supplies; 85% are paying additional costs for PPE, and 62% are paying additional costs for staff/personnel, including 82% of child care centers
- 44% are confronting so much uncertainty that they are unable to say how much longer they will be able to stay open.
- Of those who do know, 39% say they will have to close within three months, including 48% of family child care homes, if enrollment stays where it is and they don’t receive additional public support.
- 48% of respondents said they know of multiple child care centers and/or family child care homes in their community that have closed permanently