Child Care Is Essential
How our nation responds to the needs of the child care sector during the COVID-19 crisis will affect our economy, working families’ livelihoods and our children’s future wellbeing. Without adequate support, we risk the permanent loss of roughly half the nation’s child care slots. The Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) is partnering with regional funders and local partners to get resources into the hands of the small businesses – primarily owned by women and people of color – that provide this critical service.
Regional Relief Efforts
Through the generous support of our funders, LIIF is making emergency relief grants to ECE providers in three of our regions.
Funder: The JPB Foundation
Funders: Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Heising-Simons Foundation, First 5 Alameda County
Funder: Greater Washington Community Foundation
Want to participate in LIIF’s COVID-19 Child Care Relief Effort? Your generosity will provide direct relief to those child care businesses left vulnerable by the pandemic. Please contact us to learn more about how to contribute to our regional relief efforts.
Family-run, home-based child care sites care for more than 7 million our our nation’s children. These small businesses, primarily owned by women and people of color, will be hard pressed to survive the closures affecting communities across the nation. Without adequate resources, nearly half (4.5 million) of these slots are at risk during the current crisis.
Only 22% of essential workers said they have been able to use their previous child care arrangement. Nearly two-thirds of parents have had difficulty finding child care during the crisis, and about half are concerned they won’t be able to afford child care when they can return to the workforce. (Bipartisan Policy Center and Morning Consult Survey)
We must invest in this critical resources now and for the future. Read more about our national policy platform for early childhood education.