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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Home-Based Child Care Providers Need Improved Access to Federal Loans Now

Home Grown’s program succeeded in helping some home-based providers access PPP funds, but many were shut out of this public funding in a time of crisis.
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Turning Home for the Holidays: The Importance of Investing in In-Home Child Care

We must make sure working families can find safe, affordable, accessible child care, and we need not look farther than our homes.
Diane Gardner, Licensed Family Child Care Provider in Philadelphia PA

Enhancing Comprehensive Services in Family Child Care with Early Head Start Partnerships

During the COVID-19 pandemic, home-based child care (HBCC) has remained open, struggling to respond to increased child and family needs and new health, safety, and business challenges. New attention and funding are needed to ensure that home-based providers can fully participate in and support access to these critical services.