New Article: The True Cost of Providing Safe Child Care During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Posted by Center for American Progress on September 8, 2020

Despite the critical role of childcare in supporting the economy, there is a lack of clear understanding as to what it really costs to provide quality childcare — particularly as childcare programs face new guidelines and challenges responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. To address this, the Center for American Progress has developed an interactive calculator that estimates the cost of providing childcare that meets pandemic-related state guidelines. Initial analysis finds that providers are facing, on average, a 47 percent increase in operating costs during the pandemic, with even higher increases for programs serving 3- and 4-year-olds.

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