According to a Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia brief
, approximately 58% of Delaware’s child care supply has been at risk of permanent closure throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Child care providers have been grappling with rising operating costs and capacity limitations. These disruptions have contributed to declines in labor force participation for parents of young children, especially mothers. As a majority of Delaware’s children live in households with working parents, the impact on the labor force is state-wide.
The Delaware Research in Action Lab
, a partnership between the Philadelphia Fed, the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, Rodel, and the Delaware Department of Education, hopes to educate the business community on the role that the private sector can play in supporting a robust child care infrastructure in order to help build a strong and equitable workforce recovery.