Nearly 16,000 child care providers, 8,900 child care centers and 7,000 licensed family child care programs, permanently closed from December 2019 to March 2021, according to a new report from Child Care Aware of America.
“Parents continue to struggle to find and afford child care as they re-enter the workforce,” said Lynette M. Fraga, CEO of Child Care Aware. “Child care programs are short-staffed and providers are burned out. And still too few children have access to high-quality early learning experiences to prepare them for success in school and beyond. Without large-scale investments in our child care system, such as the Build Back Better Act, these trends will continue.”