According to a survey from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), “18% of child care centers in the U.S. have closed their doors due to the coronavirus pandemic. Another 9% of licensed centers run out of family homes have closed.”
In Georgia, the numbers are even higher: 40% of child care centers have closed due to COVID-19, and 24% of family-run centers have closed.
“Even before coronavirus, our child care centers were struggling to stay in business,” said Maggie Chambers, communications director for the Democratic Party of Georgia. “But now, due to Trump’s failure to prepare the country for this crisis, Georgia child care centers are in free-fall, putting workers and families in an impossible situation. While the Trump administration doesn’t even pretend to have a plan to address this issue, Vice President Biden’s proposal lays out concrete steps that will empower working families and spur economic growth across Georgia. The difference between the two approaches could not be more clear, and it’s why we must elect Joe Biden in November.”
WABE: ‘It’s Been Knocking At Our Door’: COVID-19 Takes A Toll On Child Care Centers
By Martha Dalton
August 3, 2020
More information on Joe Biden’s plan to invest in our caregiving and early childhood workforce is available here.