COVID-19 blog series As many states begin their individual “reopening” processes, the need has never been more clear for stable, quality child care. However, the economic impacts of COVID-19 have severely strained the child care sector in South Carolina and…
"Staff childcare workers want some type of Health Benefits to be issued and affordable for ALL childcare workers also like State health plan, Teachers Benefits. Childcare workers are needed just as much and often as other workers. People can't go to work without childcare needs. So, WE must open and be here daily no matter what pandemic is going on. WE ARE FRONT LINE WORKERS ALSO!!”
As a result, without intervention, the existing shortage could potentially be made even worse by COVID-19 negatively impacting a generation of young children, their development, and their families’ economic status.
"It was always a weak industry, and it was very vulnerable," said Jamie Moon, president of the Institute for Child Success, a Greenville-based policy and research organization. "The pandemic has only served to highlight that vulnerability, and it's really a shame because it's such a critical part of having a robust economy."
Throughout the COVID-19 crisis and the resulting economic impacts, ICS has highlighted issues facing children and families in our home state of South Carolina and beyond. As states begin moving toward reopening, following guidance from the Center for Disease Control as well as state and local experts, we want to spotlight how service providers working with families are considering needs and changing operations. Today, we are sharing a post from Tanya Camunas, Executive Director of A Child’s Haven, a provider of therapeutic child care (TCC) and other essential services in Greenville, South Carolina:
Health inequity is one of many issues both highlighted and worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic. More than two months into the worldwide crisis, the impacts have been disproportionately felt across society as people of color and those experiencing poverty are bearing the brunt of the burden.
Following the release of the survey, ICS sent a list of resources to respondents in the hopes that we may be able to help them navigate some challenges while policymakers develop broader solutions. We are sharing an updated version of this list to assist providers in any states who may be facing similar challenges.
Over the last week, ICS collected responses to a survey of child care providers in South Carolina to better understand how the spread of COVID-19 – and the resulting economic impacts – are affecting the child care sector. The child care sector is essential to the health and well-being of millions of South Carolina families and to our economy as a whole.
The first program we covered is the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) – a forgivable loan, meaning that it can function much like a grant, to support small businesses with up to 2.5 months of payroll and certain other expenses (rent/mortgage, utilities). Funding for this was limited, and was given out on a first-come first-served basis. As a result, it has - since the webinar - run out of its initial funds.
...reducing crowds in public places and through private gatherings is an essential piece of the state and national strategy to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and preserve essential medical resources. But what happens when you don’t have a home to shelter in, or when your regular shelter is itself crowded and doesn’t allow for isolation?