National Workforce Registry Alliance
Supporting the Nation's Early Childhood and After-school Workforce
Supporting the Nation's Early Childhood and After-school Workforce

Yale’s COVID-19 & ECE Workforce Study Results

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Yale COVID-19 Study Executive Summary

A new study conducted by researchers at Yale University shows that child care programs that remained open during the COVID-19 pandemic did not contribute to the spread of the virus to providers. The findings showed that exposure to child care was not associated with an elevated risk of spreading COVID-19 from children to adults as long the child care programs took multiple safety measures, including disinfecting, hand washing, symptom screening, social distancing, wearing masks, and limiting group size.

The study, which was supported by the efforts of the National Workforce Registry Alliance (NWRA) and workforce registries throughout the country, was published on October 14, 2020, on the website for Pediatrics, the peer-reviewed journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Yale COVID-19 Study Policy Recommendations

Findings from a recent Yale University study show that child care programs throughout the United States, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico did not contribute to the spread of COVID-19 to providers. This shows the dedication and vigilance of the child care community to keep providers and families safe and healthy. As the pandemic continues, the NWRA makes the following policy recommendations to provide crucial support for child care providers.

Our Impact

Workforce registries act as the Emergency Broadcast System for early learning professionals. When centers shut down during an emergency or crisis, registries are how we can locate and contact child care providers with vital information.

Dr. Walter Gilliam, Yale University Child Study Center

Early Childhood Workforce Registries, in collaboration with CCR&Rs and state AEYC chapters, across the country mobilized to elevate the voices of the providers. In total, Yale researchers surveyed 57,000 child care providers in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, which represented 71.3% of America’s counties (2,241 of 3,141).

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