Fast Fact – Sept. 17, 2021
In addition to providing nurturing early learning experiences for young children, child care also helps keep our state’s economy running—a fact that became clearer than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic when many child care settings closed in response to stay-at-home orders. Preliminary data from the U.S. Census Bureau collected in the spring and summer of 2021 indicate between 17–22% of households reported their children were unable to attend day care or another child care arrangement because of the coronavirus pandemic. These data only reflect conditions after the peak of closures in 2020. To learn more about early childhood education data collected during the pandemic by the Census Household Pulse Survey, please visit the KIDS COUNT Data Center.