Fast Fact – Sept. 17, 2021

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: September 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 1722% 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. 

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The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed since 1985 to realizing every chance for every child in Colorado. We advocate for the development and implementation of data-driven public policies that improve child wellbeing in health, education and early childhood. We do this by providing Coloradans with trusted data and research on child wellbeing and organizing an extensive state-wide network of dedicated child advocates. For more information, please visit