The sweeping COVID-19 pandemic — the illness and the closed faculties and shuttered companies — has not spared Nebraska’s child care providers.
“It’s hit us just like it’s hit many, many others,” stated Sue Wambaugh, who has run a child care enterprise from her Lincoln house for 43 years. “If it hasn’t already, eventually we will all feel the impact.”
Wambaugh had 9 youngsters in her care till the pandemic — and efforts to sluggish its unfold — started to hit Lincoln in earnest final month. Three of the preschoolers she watches and two school-aged youngsters now not attend as a result of of various household conditions: misplaced jobs, decreased hours or dad and mom now working from house.
A survey performed by the Buffett Early Childhood Institute on the University of Nebraska final month heard from 1,515 family- and center-based directors and academics who stated a lot the identical factor.
Eighty % of the respondents stated they’re dropping earnings, as dad and mom maintain their youngsters house, and practically all of center-base academics — 93% — fear about households bringing sick youngsters to their facilities, placing them and their households in danger. Many have misplaced earnings from child care subsidies, which solely pay for the hours youngsters are within the house, not in the event that they depart early or are gone for a day.