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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.

New York City

Funder: The JPB Foundation

SF Bay Area

Funders: Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Heising-Simons Foundation, First 5 Alameda County

Washington, DC

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 Child Care

The Need

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.

As you know family child care providers’ businesses run in our own homes. The lack of income will make us lose two things at once, our jobs and our homes… With your support, I’m sure the economy will have the vital foundation of child care available when the time to get back to business is right.
Angelica Guerrero, Billygoats/Cabritas
San Francisco, CA
Last week, I couldn’t sleep because I didn’t want to let my staff or families down. Today, I feel much lighter and extremely hopeful. In the most heartfelt manner. Thank you.
Donna Mason, Executive Director, St. Alban’s Early Childhood Center
Washington, DC
It has been a godsend to learn that there are people looking out for us! We are so used to being at the end of the line.
Alice Mulligan, Executive Director, Our Savior’s Lutheran Preschool
Brooklyn, NY
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