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COVID-19 and Child Care

Child Care Aware of America, the national organization that seeks to advance a child care system that effectively serves all children and families by working in tandem with a national network of child care resource and referral agencies, recently shared news of a comprehensive study conducted by Yale University that compared COVID-19 rates in child care providers who continued providing child care during the first three months of the pandemic to those who did not. After surveying over 57,000 child care providers across the USA, the research team found providers and staff in programs that stayed open last spring were no more likely to contract COVID-19 than providers whose programs were closed.  

In New York, and particularly here in Rockland, child care providers have, with help and advice from Health Care Consultants, worked steadfastly to meet rapidly changing infection control guidance. Having our nurse, Kristin Saunders, on staff has been instrumental in affording child care providers across all modalities – home-based, center-based, or school-age – the ability to navigate this additional health and safety guidance.  

“This study tells us that as long as there are strong on-site measures to prevent infection, providing care for young children doesn’t seem to add to the provider’s risk of getting sick,” noted the study’s author and early childhood education expert Dr. Walter Gilliam. Here in Rockland, child care providers have been doing just that – taking strong measures to prevent infection. Many have taken a special virtual training session delivered by Kristin, Infection Control During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Families may be hesitant to consider child care outside the home because they are concerned about the spread of COVID-19 in a child care setting; we encourage you to reach out to CCRR’s staff to learn more about the measures taken. With a list of referrals in hand, families can contact providers with the additional knowledge and understanding of infection control strategies. 

The Yale study will be published in the January 2021 issue of Pediatrics, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics and was posted on the AAP website on October 14. You can read the Executive Summary here, or the entire report here