Understanding the Impact of the Peacetime Emergency Grants

Research BriefEarly ChildhoodOct 20 2021

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.


The first three authors contributed equally to the development of this brief.

This resource is a compendium of 11 fact sheets prepared by the research team to summarize findings from the PECC Survey. The fact sheets highlight findings about providers’ experiences receiving or not receiving the grants, as well as their experiences related to several COVID-19 challenges. As Minnesota and other states continue developing supports for child care providers in the wake of the pandemic, this information can promote an understanding of how grant strategies may impact providers in different ways, depending on their characteristics. This compendium is divided into three sections: (1) financial impact, (2) child care provider practices, and (3) PECC Grant applicants and non-applicants. Each section provides a summary of key findings as well as the full fact sheets.