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“A win-win for all of us": COVID-19 sheds light on the essentialness of child care as key infrastructure


Child care centers in the United States allow many parents and caregivers to work in and outside of the home and support the growth and development of children. Child care closures and COVID-19 mitigation measures at the onset of the pandemic heightened the need for and awareness of the role of child care as core infrastructure. The purpose of our study was to examine the perceived role and benefits of child care based on the lived experiences of parents/caregivers and staff navigating child care during the pandemic. We conducted in-depth qualitative interviews with parents/caregivers (n=20) of children who attended child care and staff (n=12) who were working at child care programs in Ohio from September to November 2020. (author abstract)

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United States

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