Maryland Family Network today announced the launch of “Maryland Child Care Boost,” a pilot program that will equip select family child care providers with free tools to help them remain fully enrolled, financially sound, and focused on the high-quality care and education of our youngest learners.
The report details the data gleaned from child care providers across the state via a survey conducted in January. The providers report that since March of 2020, their monthly expenses have increased on average $5,339 per location as a result of needing to purchase essential PPEs and other COVID related health and safety expenses.
On September 15th, Maryland Family Network held our 11th Annual Sandra J. Skolnik Lecture on Early Childhood Education & Advocacy with over 225 professionals, students, elected officials, and others in attendance. This year's speaker was Dr. Dipesh Navsaria.
According to a Maryland Family Network survey, 51% of child care programs in the state say they may close if families must keep children home for extended periods as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Overall 67% of child care businesses owners already report a financial loss due to the closures and reduced attendance.
Census results help to determine how federal funds are distrubuted to state, county, and local programs and services. Accurate data is needed to ensure that funds flow to the programs and locations where they are needed most.