This brief presents findings from the first study to examine detailed data on the supply of home-based child care—defined here as the number of licensed facilities and total licensed capacity in those facilities—in the District of Columbia in the wake of COVID-19. Specifically, we found the following: As of September 2022, the overall supply of DC’s home-based child care (across smaller homes licensed for no more than 6 children and expanded homes licensed for 7 to 12 children) had nearly recovered from pandemic-related effects, after decreasing during the pandemic’s height; The number of smaller homes dropped, while the number of expanded homes increased, continuing prepandemic trends; There were additional changes in the composition of smaller and expanded homes in the District by Ward, nontraditional-hour child care provision, age groups served, subsidy voucher acceptance, participation in Capital Quality, and Capital Quality designation. (author abstract)
How did the supply of home-based child care change in the District of Columbia during the COVID-19 pandemic? Findings from the District of Columbia Child Care Policy Research Partnership
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