Understanding the Impact of the Peacetime Emergency Grants
The COVID-19 pandemic changed the delivery of child care services in Minnesota and across the nation. To help providers withstand the financial burden caused by the pandemic, Minnesota created the Peacetime Emergency Child Care Grant program (PECC), a competitive grant program for licensed or certified child care centers and licensed family child care providers with grant awards distributed from April to June 2020. As part of the Minnesota Child Care Policy Research Partnership—a federally funded partnership between Child Trends, University of Minnesota, and the Minnesota Department of Human Services—the research team developed an online survey to understand providers’ experiences with COVID-19 and perceptions of the PECC program. The survey was open from July 31, 2020 to September 9, 2020. A total of 1,898 center-based and family child care licensed providers who applied for the PECC Grant (36 percent) completed the survey.