Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) has partnered with Yale University Professors Walter Gilliam and Eli Fenichel and their colleagues to promote and disseminate a new interactive map that estimates the child care needs of essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The map shows that health care workers in the U.S. have over 3.5 million children. These children need care in order for health care workers to respond to COVID-19, but 2.3 million of these children have no obvious child care providers available in the home.
Additionally, CCAoA will be offering technical assistance and collateral content that will support child care providers, local, state, and national entities responsible for child care planning, advocacy partners and policymakers.
The interactive map, which is available at https://www.childcareaware.org/coronavirus/child-care-essential-workers-coronavirus-outbreak/ and at https://medicine.yale.edu/covid/resources/childcare/, can be searched in the context of national, state or metro-area data and filtered to explore the child care demand by:
- Employment sector (all industries, essential industries, health care and more);
- Child age (0-2, 3-5 and 6-11 years); and
- Need after accounting for child care responsibilities that might be taken on by another caregiver in the home, such as a non-working adult or older sibling (aged 13-20).
The map also provides a snapshot of the child care workforce by caregiver age.
On Wednesday, March 25, at 10:00 a.m. EDT, CCAoA and Yale Professors Gilliam and Fenichel are presenting a webinar on how to use the new interactive map. To register or view the recording, visit https://info.childcareaware.org/webinar-mapping-the-need-for-child-care-for-essential-workers-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak
This project is led by Walter S. Gilliam, Elizabeth Mears and House Jameson Professor of Child Psychiatry and Psychology at the Yale University Child Study Center and Director of The Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy. The interactive map was developed by Eli Fenichel, Ph.D., Knobloch Family Professor of Natural Resource Economics, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies; Jude Bayham, Ph.D., Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Colorado State University; and Samantha Maher, Research Assistant, EcoHealth Alliance.