School Reopening Child Care
Public schools are starting instruction this month, leaving millions of working parents across New York confronting the question of how they will balance job responsibilities with caring for and supporting the education of their school-aged children who are receiving instruction remotely on a full or part-time basis. At the same time, parents are struggling to secure or maintain access to safe, quality child care for their infants, toddlers, and pre-school-aged children. Schools cannot successfully reopen without public infrastructure to make sure families have access to affordable and flexible child care and afterschool care. Paid family leave that is responsive to the likelihood of sudden short, or long-term school or child care closures is also needed.
Our latest brief, Back to School Checklist for Fall 2020: Child Care, Afterschool Care, and Paid Family Leave gives an overview of some of the challenges New York families and child care and after school providers are facing as schools begin to reopen, and the solutions we recommend.