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In-Home Child Care for School-Age Children During Distance Learning

This fall, many grade schools across the country will be offering partial or entirely online learning thus creating a need for child care for working parents whose children are learning remotely. Remote schooling for school-age children will create new demand for child care and various challenges for providers and families.

From Providers

We asked providers across the country about providing care for school-age children during distance learning.

Melody Robinson

Chicago, IL

“Because of the pandemic I have seen a tremendous need for additional funding as a family child care provider.” 

Christina Nelson

Burlington, VT

“Now is the time for policies to support the programs that build the foundation for children in the U.S.”

Melody Robinson

Chicago, IL

“You’ve got to have open communication with the parents…and be able to connect with the teachers.”

The Challenges

As schools begin this Fall – whether in-person, hybrid, or virtually – more school-age children need safe and supervised settings to learn while their parents work. As school schedules change, families and child care providers face an increased demand for flexible and affordable care, and will need access to additional funding and resources.

In-Home Child Care Needs Additional Resources

Increased demand: Demand for home-based care is increasing as it offers the smaller group size and flexible hours that families need.

Increased hours: We need additional caregivers and staff willing and able to meet the increased hours of demand.

Increased safety precautions: To meet health and safety requirements, we need funding for the staff, time, and materials needed.

Increased need for training: Providers need training, materials, technology, and the ability to communicate with children’s teachers.

Distance-Learning Leads To Surge In Child Care Needs For Families

Families need more care: Distance learning plans create major gaps in children’s care and education for working families.

Safety has a cost: Distance learning plans may significantly increase the cost of ensuring children are safe while parents are working.

Child care is the backbone of our economy: If parents can’t find care, their ability to work is threatened, impacting their financial well-being and putting our economy at risk.


We encourage local, state, and federal leaders as well as child care advocates to increase funding to help families and providers access the resources they need, facilitate shared planning and decision-making, and invest in technical supports. 

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