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NSECE Snapshot: Mental health and well-being of center-based child care workers from 2019 during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Key findings by race and ethnicity


The COVID-19 pandemic imposed heavy health-related and economic stressors that disproportionately affected Black and Hispanic women. Given the racial/ethnic differences in the experience of the COVID-19 pandemic, it makes sense to investigate for potentially distinct experiences across races/ethnicities in the mental health and well-being of the CCEE workforce during that unprecedented time. Among individuals in the center-based CCEE workforce in 2019, a survey-based measure of risk of depression increased from 8.4% in 2019 to 28.2% in 2021 and 27.0% in 2022. This overall increase in the risk of depression between 2019 and 2021, remaining high in 2022, was found across all four race and ethnicity subgroups examined in this snapshot.  Individuals described in this snapshot participated in the 2019 National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE) and the NSECE COVID-19 Longitudinal Follow-up in 2021 and 2022. These individuals represent 825,000 of the 1.36 million center-based workers in 2019; they may or may not have worked in CCEE after 2019 and do not represent the CCEE workforce in 2021 or 2022. The findings have several important limitations, and results need to be interpreted with caution. (author abstract)

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United States

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