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Early education and child care: The essential sector

COVID-19 has highlighted the fragility of the current child care financing model, as well as the indispensability of such care for supporting the work effort of parents. Throughout the country, child care programs have closed, and those that are open are operating far below average enrollment levels, typically restricted to serving only the children of essential personnel. A nationwide survey of child care providers in March found that, without public investment, nearly half of respondents did not believe they could financially survive a closure of more than two weeks. While forthcoming Solutions Briefs from the Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board (CED) will address recommendations for the later stages of the education continuum, this Solutions Brief focuses on the early learning years. (author abstract)
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