Child care has emerged as a key issue in the national discourse. The essential sector has long been in crisis. Families often can’t find or afford the childcare they need, child care workers often face poverty wages and young children, at a formative stage in brain development, often lack the resources and support necessary to spark their intellectual growth.
Policymakers must provide at least $50 billion in federal pandemic relief funding to stabilize the child-care sector.
Child care providers are the backbone of a working economy.
Preschool students facing a learning loss because Covid-19 closed their nursery school and child care programs are getting help from parents and teachers trying to keep them learning.
EdSource reporters and readers met Wednesday in a virtual town hall to discuss what education will look like this fall in California.
Some California students may find themselves in child care in the very classrooms they are barred from entering for in-person instruction.
Many providers are missing rent payments and racking up credit card debt, in addition to worrying they will be infected with the coronavirus.
In addition to advocating for higher pay per subsidized child, providers say they will call for more training and more access to subsidies.
Child care programs are reopening in California with significant changes to reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19. These are some of the changes detailed in federal, state and county health and safety guidelines.