The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated a challenge that was becoming increasingly more difficult even before the public health crisis—finding affordable, quality childcare for working parents throughout the country.
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Quality early childhood education and care can help solve a two-generation workforce challenge. It empowers parents to be productive in their careers, while ensuring our youngest children develop the cognitive and social skills they will need to thrive as productive adults.
At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, in March, companies had to quickly adjust in order to support their employees with the changes that were taking place. For many, childcare was the number one issue.
Childcare is not only crucial for the development of young children, but also essential for the millions of working parents with young children.
Pandemic-Induced Childcare Challenges Could Forever Change the Workforce
New U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation research reveals how lack of childcare solutions can affect working parents’ careers, with women disproportionately impacted
Childcare challenges, already persistent and complex, have now been further complicated by the COVID-19 public health crisis. Parents are trying to balance childcare and work, childcare providers are trying to stay open or re-open with an unsustainable new business model, and employers are trying to determine how and when their working parents can return to work.
Join us on December 9, from 3 to 4 p.m. ET, for a webinar covering the findings from the series of surveys we conducted from June to November 2020, and understand the impact of COVID-19 on childcare observed over time.
Childcare providers are often excluded from decision-making process in their community, according to a new report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
As policymakers consider another round of COVID-response legislation, childcare and early education are at the top of mind. Without quality, accessible childcare, employees will be unable to return to work, heavily slowing the restart of our economy. Congress is currently considering four proposals to assist states, communities, and childcare providers, each with significant differences.