Child Care Advocacy Partners

The Kentucky Child Care Provider Survey was released in partnership with United Way of Kentucky, Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, Kentucky Youth Advocates, Child Care Advocates of Kentucky, Metro United Way, Learning Grove, and United Way of Greater Cincinnati. This workgroup is committed to the success of children, families, and child care providers.

The results of our child care provider survey and the survey of parents and families clearly show the need for greater financial support from Congress, and for a continued substantial, engaged planning with providers at the state level. Both are critical in ensuring that Kentucky’s child care infrastructure is sustained immediately and in the long term.

 

In partnership, we are happy to present to you the findings of our Kentucky Child Care Provider Survey and our Kentucky Parent Survey.

We surveyed more than 1,500 child care providers across the Commonwealth of Kentucky in May 2020. In July 2020, we surveyed more than 1,500 Kentucky parents and families to share their thoughts about child care and what’s next as Kentucky reopens the economy.

Survey Findings
Kentucky Child Care Provider Survey

More than 1,500 of the state's 2,172 providers participated in the Kentucky Child Care Provider Survey.

It is our hope that these responses will help organizations and policymakers understand the ongoing impacts of the pandemic on the child care sector, as well as improve upon solutions at the federal, state and community level.

The impact of the pandemic on child care in Kentucky has already been extensive, and the system was already struggling to survive.

From affording rent and mortgage payments, to paying staff benefits, providers are concerned about many factors when it comes to re-opening.

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Survey Questions

Survey Summary Results

  • The number of regulated providers in Kentucky dropped from 4,400 in 2013 to 2,400 in 2019. Survey results show 11-15% of remaining providers who responded may have to close permanently due to the financial impact of closing temporarily due to the COVID-19 crisis.

  • The majority (34%) of surveyed providers serve between 50-100 children at their centers. Approximately 52% of providers have between 5 and 20 employees. More than 1,500 of the state's 2,172 providers participated in the survey.

  • Approximately 66% of providers surveyed have laid off staff during the shutdown, and 67% of those employees are relying on unemployment insurance for income according to survey results.

  • The majority of providers responding did not apply to stimulus programs through the Small Business Administration (SBA) – either the Paycheck Protection Program (57%) or Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (70%).
  • Facility rent/mortgage and employee salaries have been the largest expenses for child care providers during the shutdown.
  • The chief concern of surveyed providers is the health and safety of children and staff when centers re-open.

Survey Findings
Kentucky Parent Survey

In July 2020, we surveyed more than 1,500 Kentucky parents and families to share their thoughts about child care and what’s next as Kentucky reopens the economy. Parents from 101 of Kentucky's 120 counties participated in the survey.

 

 



Parent Comments:

  • "I think our current child care facility is probably doing a good job of following CDC guidance, however, I’m still scared to send her there."
  • "I’m not sure there is anything they can do. Health and safety is our primary concern. Cases continue to spike across the country. Daycares are doing what they can, but social distancing is the only way I can control their exposure and therefore our exposure."
  • "All staff should wear masks, practice social distancing in school, and place children in small groups. Emphasis needed on hand washing and individual art supplies, significant outdoor activities."

Survey Questions

Survey Summary Results

Summary of Statistics:

  • Almost 30% of parents report struggling to find child care.

  • Half of parents report being moderately to extremely stressed about access to care.

  • 45% of parent are either unsure, will not or are delaying sending children back to same child care setting.

  • Of those not sending children back, 15% will be more comfortable between 3-12 months from now, while over 50% are unsure.

  • The largest concern for parents in sending kids back is health and safety of children and family members.

  • When asked what providers can do to make them feel more safe, majority of comments related to following proper health/safety guidelines, providing alternative schedules, and reduced class sizes. All of which cost money.

  • 92% of respondents said they support more government support to help providers meet new requirements/guidelines related to pandemic.

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Join us in asking Congress to Provide Additional
Investment to Childcare During Covid-19 Crisis
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The COVID-19 crisis is impacting our system of child care that was already fragile and suffered from inadequate public support. According to the Kentucky Division of Child Care, the number of regulated providers in Kentucky dropped from 4,400 in 2013 to 2,400 in 2019. Moreover, as noted in the 2017 Cost of Quality report, support for child care is insufficient to provide quality, full-day care to enough working families. The crisis now facing state budgets will make that level of investment all but impossible in the near term.

The results of our child care provider survey clearly show the need for greater financial support from Congress, and for a continued substantial, engaged planning with providers at the state level. Both are critical in ensuring that Kentucky’s child care infrastructure is sustained immediately and in the long term.

A healthy child care business ecosystem is vitally important in creating a foundation for education in our youngest children. Quality child care programs also improve social and emotional growth, and enable their families to participate in the workforce. The needs of child care providers and parents must be given the attention and resources they deserve – at the state and federal levels – as we begin to re-open the Commonwealth.

We are calling for Congress to provide $50 billion in assistance to child care as part of the federal stimulus efforts. The support must be robust and flexible, allowing states like Kentucky to support operating costs during mandated closures, co-pays and tuition based on enrollment, training and professional development, facility maintenance and cleaning. Additionally, support will be needed for costs related to re-opening and re-hiring as restrictions on operating are phased out.

We are calling for the Governor to further elevate child care as part of the critical infrastructure necessary for Kentucky to be Healthy at Work by creating a COVID-19 Child Care Task Force. This would ensure robust feedback from providers, families, businesses and communities on child care needs,and the allocation of any additional federal assistance for child care. Moreover, a concerted effort –including all stakeholders – is necessary to ensuring child care successfully reopens and is sustainable into the future, particularly over the next 12-18 months.

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Our Call to Action

Panel Discussion

On Monday, June 8th at 3:00 p.m. EST we hosted an online broadcast of “A Fragile Ecosystem - The state of childcare in Kentucky following COVID-19 closures.” The event detailed the results of the child care provider survey conducted by the Prichard Committee, United Way of Kentucky, Kentucky Youth Advocates, Child Care Advocates of Kentucky, Metro United Way, Learning Grove, and United Way of Greater Cincinnati.

The panel discussion included Kevin Middleton, United Way of Kentucky; Brigitte Blom Ramsey, Prichard Committee; Ashli Watts, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce; Terry Brooks, Kentucky Youth Advocates; Sarah Vanover, Division of Child Care; Amy Neal, Governor's Office of Early Childhood; and Bridget Yates, Cornerstone Child Development Center.

 

Watch the recording of the event here!

Resources & Tools

For inquiries on this child care project, email us by clicking here.

To contact one of the partners, click on the individual organizations below.

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