Flat - We want it to go Up (Include child care literacy)
Factors pushing up the trendline?
- New State COVID related funding available
- Awareness of the issue - lack of child care and the importance
- CNI project wants to build a child care site Ready Network and City of NN put $$ into family child care supply
- City of NN has listed early education as a priority and wants to use an old building(s) to build child care sites esp for 4 yr olds - they met with folks from TX about this recently and I sat in
- Support from the Governor/State
Factors pushing down the trendline?
- Lack of books/supplies
- The business model is based on parent fees
- Limited profit for high-quality centers
- High liability
- Not enough providers
- Not enough staff -can make more other places
- Not everyone understands the value of childcare and the importance for educational success (including policymakers)
- Limited childcare subsidies available
- COVID unemployment rate
- In a survey that we have sent to Hampton SS customers, they don't want to send their children to daycare due to COVID.
- lack of education around what quality childcare looks like (parents)
- formal vs informal childcare settings
- knowledge for providers about best practices (quality rating system)
- Are there incentives that can be provided for providers to engage in quality childcare practices?
- people feel more comfortable going to 'nationally branded centers'
- employee retention at nationally branded centers
- providers need support prior to opening (high-quality standards are infused at this point)
- What does high touch support look like for them? What does it feel like? Are we holding their hand to walk thru the opening/development process
- how can we support providers in providing nontraditional hours?
Factors causing disparities.
- Financial barriers for people (Limited childcare subsidies available)
- the distrust that families have of organized systems (rather have family members watch children based on cost for childcare)
- perception of safety in low-income communities
- have not found a way to ensure providers have basic core knowledge ((lack of)professional development)
- there needs to be more support for incubation childcare centers
- equitable resources for providers (books, equipment, furniture, advertising/marketing, etc.)
- quality of care is not the same across the board...social and emotional support, nontraditional work hours,
Anticipated (future/emerging) factors?
Factors requiring additional research?
- Identify the areas of greatest need
- Do we have any local data regarding COVID cases in child care centers?
- data points to validate that the childcare deserts are in areas of high crime/low-income communities
- are neighbors 'partners'?
- perception of nationally branded centers vs home/family centers
What are the top priority factors to address?