Unemployment Compensation: A Guide for Child Care Stakeholders During the Coronavirus Pandemic

State child care administrators and advocates should have a general understanding of how unemployment insurance works—and how benefits often fall short for workers—so they can support child care providers in navigating the available forms of relief. This brief provides an overview of the unemployment insurance system, new federal benefits available through the CARES Act, and considerations for determining how unemployment compensation can support child care workers during the coronavirus crisis.