PROJECTCCPRP Highlights: Illinois, Minnesota, District of Columbia, and Louisiana

July 28, 2022

I am pleased to share more highlights from the Child Care Policy Research Partnership (CCPRP) grants. These selected findings are from 4 of the 11 CCPRP grants, funded by the Administration for Children and Families’ Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation.

Illinois child care workers experienced employment disruptions during early months of the COVID-19 pandemic (February 2022)
Child care workers lost wages and experienced short-term employment disruption during the early pandemic period. More workers left the child care field than a year earlier. There was no increase in those leaving child care for other industries, but there was an increase in those leaving the child care sector without other earnings. Only about half of this group collected unemployment benefits. These measures highlight the continuing impacts of the pandemic on the child care workforce.

After COVID-19, will child care survive in rural areas? (2021)
In response to the pandemic, Minnesota has offered grants intended to stabilize the child care industry. Data analyses show that the total number of licensed providers in rural Minnesota stayed roughly the same between March 2020 – February 2021. However, many are operating at less than full enrollment and incurring financial losses. This suggests that grants have been effective at helping rural providers stay open, but pandemic-related problems challenge their sustainability.

How satisfied are District of Columbia educators with their jobs and what are their turnover intentions? (May 2022)
Half (50 percent) of respondents to a 2021 survey of DC early educators reported being very satisfied with their jobs. Another 38 percent reported being somewhat satisfied. However, some (33 percent) would have second thoughts about taking their job again. Many who reported having recently looked for a new job cited low pay as a primary reason. Other recent briefs from DC look at early educators’ employment and well-being, and their virtual training experiences, during COVID-19.

Many child care sites in Louisiana had staffing challenges during the pandemic (June 2021)
Almost all (90 percent) child care leaders surveyed found staffing their site was difficult in fall 2020. Many sites lost teachers during the pandemic. Most (86 percent) leaders also reported that their remaining teachers took on additional tasks as a result of COVID-19. A majority of leaders used or planned to use relief funding to support teachers. Another report from Louisiana describes child care teachers’ and leaders’ views toward the Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate, a new requirement for lead teachers in publicly funded child care sites in the state.

I look forward to sharing highlights from other partnerships in future emails. This and four earlier CCPRP Highlights are archived on the Grantee Reports page of our Building Child Care Research Capacity web page.

Research Areas Children and youth
Policy Centers Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population
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