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COVID-19 and the New Jersey child care system: Surveying its impact on those most affected

ACNJ developed a short child care survey and on March 20th sent it to center-based and family child care providers throughout the state. Most of the 300+ survey responses were received in the first five days after the initial distribution. Survey responses came from all of New Jersey's 21 counties, with 85 percent representing center-based providers and six percent representing family child care. Approximately 79 percent of the respondents accepted child care subsidies. On March 25, 2020, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 110, which directed the closure of all child care centers except for those on federal property or military bases, family-based centers caring for five or fewer children, and any centers that registered to provide emergency child care services solely to essential personnel. More than 600 center-based child care programs were certified to provide emergency child care for essential employees. While the survey results reflect the state of child care prior to the Governor's Executive Order, the findings demonstrate the continued economic fragility of center-based and family child care throughout New Jersey. (author abstract)
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United States
New Jersey

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