Programs for Parents

COVID-19 Impact

A NAEYC survey in April 2020 reported that 82% of child care programs were completely closed in New Jersey, with another 11% open only for children of essential workers. Of providers who are still open, 75% were operating at less than 25% capacity.

Emergency Fund

Programs for Parents launched a COVID-19 emergency fund to support the 180 registered family child care providers and 120 family, friend, and neighbor providers in Essex County, the largest county in the state of New Jersey. The goal of the fund is to address the immediate needs of home base providers to ensure that they can adequately reopen or continue to provide safe and healthy child care services to children. Ultimately, the fund will help to maintain the supply of home-based child care, ensure access to child care for essential workers, and to stabilize the economic status of home-based caregivers and providers in Essex County.

Timing is Everything: 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. Meeting the physical, mental, social, and economic needs of children, families, and providers has never been more pressing; new attention and funding are needed to ensure that home-based providers can fully participate in and support access to these critical services.

The Aunt Bees of America

During her convention speech last week, Senator Elizabeth Warren, sitting in a now closed child care center, spoke about the critical role informal, home-based child care played in her story. She spoke about her Aunt Bee, who stepped in to take care of Warren’s children when she was juggling a full-time teaching job in Texas.

Wisconsin Early Childhood Association