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Florida’s COVID-19 Child Care Survey Report

The results of our statewide survey on the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on child care needs and attitudes of Florida parents.

Read the full report here

Our survey was conducted from Friday, May 1, through Monday, May 18, 2020. Results include perspectives from 1,514 Florida families across 35 counties.

Our goal for this survey was to gather data on parent sentiments about child care during the COVID-19 pandemic. We wanted to learn what parents’ future intentions were when executive orders were lifted and to get some sense of how demand for care may shift upon re-opening. We also wanted to know whether or not parents were experiencing issues finding child care as they return to work, and what factors they consider when deciding how to navigate child care going forward.

We plan to bring these parent perspectives to our state leaders to inform evolving policies that support the child care industry and ensure continued, affordable access to high-quality care.

The Children’s Movement of Florida would like to thank Florida’s Department of Children and Families, The Children’s Trust of Miami-Dade County, the Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions, and several child care centers who provided feedback as we created the questions in this survey.

Respondents did not have to answer every question. The content of two open-ended questions was analyzed to identify overarching themes, and coded to derive descriptive statistics.