Child Care Aware of Washington

COVID-19 Impact

The child care sector in Washington was heavily impacted by the pandemic. A NAEYC survey found that 24% of licensed child care programs have temporarily closed, 44% of the child care workforce has been laid off or furloughed, and 64% of child care programs have experienced at least a 50% decrease in income. Since K-12 schools were closed, there was a significant increase in calls seeking child care, specifically family child care.

Emergency Fund

With the support of Home Grown, Child Care Aware of Washington will provide $200 grocery store gift cards to 450 caregivers who need some extra financial support during the COVID-19 pandemic. These grocery awards will relieve one major source of stress for awarded caregivers and allow them to focus on delivering care and accessing the community resources and developmentally appropriate materials they need.

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Stabilizing the Economic Well-Being of Family, Friend Neighbor Providers

FFN care is one of the most used forms of child care for young children and reliance on this care increased during the pandemic. Greater attention to, inclusion of, and support for FFN caregivers is an urgent priority. 
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New Report Provides Data, Illuminates Opportunities and Challenges for Home-based Pre-K Providers

A recently released report from Home Grown and the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) provides critical state and city data on the current integration of Family Child Care (FCC) providers in publicly-funded pre-K. Titled Including Family Child Care in State and City-Funded Pre-K Systems: Opportunities and Challenges, it also examines perceived opportunities and challenges with FCC participation in pre-K. Home Grown believes that Family Child Care providers contribute a vital service, often in under-served communities, and are deserving of the opportunity to access public pre-K funding to further nurture and teach the children in their care.
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Building Child Care Infrastructure through Comprehensive Networks