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The Nebraska COVID-19 Early Care and Education Provider Survey II: Experiences, economic impact, and ongoing needs

The Nebraska COVID-19 Early Care and Education Provider Survey II, released in early August 2020, is a second survey following The Nebraska COVID-19 Early Care and Education Provider Survey that was conducted in March 2020. Both surveys were conducted by the Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska. Results from the March 2020 survey suggested that the coronavirus was negatively impacting early care and education professionals in Nebraska. Imminent threats of illness and directives for enhanced cleaning and precautionary methods (e.g., social distancing) were causing child care providers to experience high levels of stress. They were struggling to access accurate information and cleaning supplies and were fearful of the economic repercussions of decreasing enrollment and/or closure. Nebraska's agencies, philanthropies, and local communities mobilized to provide resources, and federal funding was made available to small businesses via the CARES act. This second survey examined how licensed family home-based and center-based child care providers in Nebraska have accessed financial supports, how they are coping in the midst of an ongoing pandemic, and what they still need to provide the essential service of early care and education. The current survey, administered in mid-June 2020 to licensed child care providers across Nebraska, reveals a resilient and dedicated workforce struggling economically and coping with very high levels of stress. (author abstract)
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