Texas’ child care industry was on fragile footing well before the pandemic. In 2019, nearly 1-in-12 Texas children lived in a child care desert. Since the pandemic, and its resulting shut-downs, child care providers have faced challenge after challenge. From securing necessary cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment to increased operating costs and lower enrollment numbers, it is no surprise many child care providers have closed their doors.

Throughout the pandemic, child care leaders and advocates across the state have taken action to protect and support the child care industry. CHILDREN AT RISK and its Early Childhood Education team appreciate the many essential workers, educators, providers, and partners who’ve held the early education community together over this unprecedented year.

In this newsletter, we aim to highlight what local communities have done to help child care providers and families with young children through this pandemic. While we could never fully encompass the breadth and depth of efforts made this year, we are grateful for the opportunity to shine a light on a few bright spots throughout the Lone Star state.



COVID-19 Community Initiatives Supporting Children 0-5 and their Families

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