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Boston's child-care supply crisis: The continued impact of a pandemic


This is the second of two briefs published following our first 2019 annual landscape of early childhood education and care programs in Boston. In the current brief, we update the data for ongoing monitoring of the COVID pandemic’s impact on Boston’s child-care sector and begin monitoring developmental screenings and Early Intervention services. Data in this brief cover licensed child-care programs offering full-time, standard hours for education and care and Early Intervention (EI) data from the Boston Public Health Commission. We explore this data in our effort to answer: How have the trends in child-care supply evolved between September 2020 and March 2021? What happened to the number of children referred to EI services during this period in comparison to pre-pandemic months? As we have done in the prior two publications about early education and care, we present the data at the city level and by 15 ZIP Code–defined neighborhoods of Boston. (author abstract)

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