With greater vaccine availability and lower COVID-19 case numbers, the Delaware business community is focused on the road to economic recovery ahead.1 However, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will persist into the coming months — even years — making the return to work especially difficult for the 48 percent of Delaware’s labor force with children.2 The pandemic has exposed the need for innovative public-private solutions to challenges facing working families and has underscored the importance of child care to regional economies. An accessible, high-quality early childhood education (ECE) sector is a critical component of infrastructure needed for the Delaware economy to make a full and sustaining economic recovery for years to come.

  1. See coronavirus.delaware.gov, Delaware’s official coronavirus website with updated case counts and vaccine effort updates.
  2. Author’s calculation using CPS basic monthly samples (January 2019–December 2019), retrieved from IPUMS-CPS, University of Minnesota, www.ipums.org.