Examining Anxiety Among Minnesota Child Care Providers During COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed child care services in Minnesota and across the nation. The Minnesota Child Care Policy Research Partnership project team wanted to better understand how child care providers might have experienced anxiety, both to document the prevalence of anxiety in child care providers during a difficult time in the pandemic and to offer considerations to policymakers about how to support child care providers’ well-being.
 Center-based and home-based child care providers who applied to the Peacetime Emergency Child Care Grant program (PECC) were invited to complete the survey. Minnesota created the PECC grant program to help child care providers withstand the financial burden caused by the pandemic and distributed the first round of funds in April 2020. A total of 1,898 center-based and family child care grant applicants (36%) completed the survey between July 31, 2020 and September 9, 2020. Among the respondents, 58 percent applied for and received the grant (PECC Grant recipients) and 42 percent applied but did not receive the grant (nonrecipients).