The coronavirus has revealed and worsened racial inequities across the child care sector. This report explains the origins of long-standing inequities in early education, examines how the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated them, and offers recommendations for how stakeholders can address them to build a fairer system.
The impact of the pandemic on child care has already been extensive, and the system is struggling to survive. The federal government should allocate $50 billion in relief funds for child care in the next coronavirus package.
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.
Relatives play an important child care role for families of all backgrounds and incomes, even in the best of times. But in this public health and economic crisis, it is particularly important to recognize their value and critical role in an already-fragile child care system that desperately needs an immediate and large federal investment.