About $24 billion in funding, the largest federal investment in early care, expired on Sept. 30. This child care cliff will bring imminent consequences for children, according to a recent economic analysis from The Century Foundation.
More than 70,000 child care programs are projected to close, which could cut services for approximately 3.2 million children, the think tank’s analysis showed. Arkansas, Montana, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. may be hit the hardest, with the supply of licensed programs expected to be cut by half, according to the report.
Join the Education Writers Association for a webinar on Oct. 19 at 1 p.m. Eastern. Experts will discuss the long-term academic and developmental ramifications of children losing early care and education, share second-day story ideas and reporting guidance, and more.
Attendees will come away with a better understanding of how early learning and development feeds into the K-12 education system, and how child care closures may hinder pandemic-related academic recovery efforts.