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