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Arizona's COVID-19 child care crisis: How lack of child care threatens Arizona's COVID-19 recovery and public policy solutions to consider

Throughout the public health crisis, child care businesses were faced with many difficult decisions; the biggest one being whether to remain open. Providers had to weigh many factors, including, but not limited to: the health and safety of their students and staff; supporting the working families who needed care for their children throughout the pandemic; and their operating expenses that were drastically impacted as a result of disenrollment of children. Various data sources suggest that between one-third and two-third of centers remained closed at the beginning of July 2020, and a survey of providers revealed many programs would not be able to remain open or reopen without financial assistance. Weekly data collected from a subset of providers – those participating in a quality improvement initiative through First Things First – shows the fragility of early learning programs overall; although half of participating providers generally have remained open, providers are temporarily closing and reopening on a weekly basis (Figure 1). (author abstract)
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