CCPRP Highlights: District of Columbia, Maryland, and Michigan

November 16, 2021

Measuring the Supply of Quality Child Care across the District of Columbia (September 2021)

New analyses of administrative data suggest that quality improvement need not disrupt the supply of licensed child care. As a new Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) rolled out in the District of Columbia, the overall supply of licensed child care held steady and capacity increased. Additionally, the new QRIS resulted in more even distribution of providers across quality levels, in comparison to the previous QRIS, where facilities often held the lowest or highest ratings.

Child Care Continuity and Costs in Maryland During the COVID-19 Pandemic (September 2021)

Results from a parent survey in Maryland show that receiving a child care scholarship is associated with higher levels of continuity of care during the pandemic. However, families with school-age children reported that scholarships did not cover the costs of care while school-age children were learning virtually. Additional findings are presented in the associated research brief, Child Care Utilization in Maryland During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Child Care Assistance During COVID-19: Perspectives from Parents (PDF)Michigan (September 2021)

Half of the parents interviewed in Michigan found it relatively easy to get information about the child care subsidy program during the pandemic, but there is room for improvement. The application process went smoothly for most parents; and more than two-thirds of parents easily found a provider who accepted the subsidy. However, nearly all parents were affected by provider closures due to COVID-19 and about one-third of parents incurred new child care costs due to COVID-19.

Child Care Assistance During COVID-19: The Provider Perspective (PDF)Michigan (September 2021)

Interviews with providers in Michigan showed that 75 percent of those interviewed temporarily closed due to COVID-19. State supports, including grants and billing for absences, helped many of these providers reopen. Additionally, providers made changes in child care hours and services related to families’ changing needs, such as offering care for school-aged children. The report concluded that by supporting providers, the state supported families.