Supporting Child Care Providers with School-Age Distance Learning

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SUPPORTING CHILD CARE PROVIDERS WITH SCHOOL-AGE DISTANCE LEARNING Distance learning for school-age children is a reality families in San Diego County are facing. As families continue to work during the COVID-19 pandemic, child care providers are being called upon to care for and support school-age children that are participating in distance learning and also engage and care for younger children in their program. Child care providers are creating safe spaces to meet the social and emotional as well as learning needs of children during a critical time when working families have few options. YMCA Childcare Resource Service surveyed child care providers to assess the status of available school-age child care, understand the challenges providers face in supporting children with distance learning, and to identify resources needed to ensure children are able to successfully engage in distance learning, ultimately contributing to children’s ongoing learning and development.

PROVIDERS REPRESENTED REPRESENTED PROVIDERS IN THE DATA 78% 1% 21%

Family Child Child Care Family HomeHome Care

Licensed Licensed Child Licensed Child Licensed Exempt Child Care Care Center Care Center Exempt Child Center Care Center n=696

75% of p r ov id er s a r e cur r entl y ser v in g sch ool-a g e child r en

FUTURE ENROLLMENT FOR SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN PROVIDERS WHO ARE WILLING TO ENROLL

55%

45%

do not need to make additional changes to their current operations in order to accommodate and begin enrollment for school-age children require a license change to accommodate school-age children

WILLINGNESS TO

PROVIDERS WHO ARE NOT WILLING TO ENROLL

15%

do not have room for additional enrollment

24%

have a license or contract that does not permit them to serve school-age children

18%

work in facilities that are not appropriate for school-age children

43%

prefer to stick with young children

36%

PROVIDERS WHO ARE NOT SERVING S U P P O R TCURRENTLY D I S TA N CE LEARNING SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN BUT ARE WILLING TO

PROVIDERS WHO ARE WILLING TO SUPPORT PROVIDERS WHO ARE WILLING TO SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN SUPPORT SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN WITH DISTANCE LEARNING* WITH DISTANCE LEARNING*

95%

PROVIDERS WHO ARE NOT CURRENTLY SERVING SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN BUT ARE WILLING TO

*Based on those who are currently serving or willing to enroll school-age children

PRIMARY REASON PROVIDERS ARE UNWILLING TO SUPPORT SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN WITH DISTANCE LEARNING

NEED TO RESTRUCTURE Providers already have established curriculum, schedules, and activities for age groups who are currently receiving care.

LACK OF CAPACITY Providers are concerned with the lack of resources, time, and staff to support distance learning for school-age children.

PROVIDING CARE AND SUPPORT FOR MULTIPLE AGE GROUPS The demands of distance learning and individual needs of school-age children may not allow providers to properly care for each age group in their program.


R E S O U R C E S P R O V I D E R S N E E D T O S U P P O R T D I S TA N C E L E A R N I N G TECHNOLOGY

TECHNOLOGY

8%

8%

Printer Printer

OPERATIONS

Headset for each child Devices to get online (laptops,

tablets, etc.)

10% 8%

A quiet study area within 8% A quiet study area within current space current space

8%

SUPPLIES

SUPPLIES

10%Art supplies

Art supplies

8% Books

Books

TRAININGS

TRAININGS

Training on how to support on how to remote support learning remote learning Training on using devices an Training on using devices and that children will platforms platforms that children use will use use will use

8% Training

8%

Basic school supplies (pens, 10% Basic school supplies (pens,paper, etc.) pencils, 7% pencils, paper, etc.)

10%

Additional staff staff

Connections to local elemen Connections to local elementary 8%

8%

Devices to get online (laptops, tablets, etc.) 12%

12%

6% Additional

6%

Headset for each child 13%

13%

OPERATIONS

7%

OTHER RESOURCE NEEDS – 2% HYGIENE AND PPE EQUIPMENT

FUNDS FOR ADDITIONAL SUPPLIES & STAFF

COLLABORATION FROM PARENTS & TEACHERS

• Disinfectant wipes

• Increased internet speed • Additional staff • Desks and chairs • Food and snacks • Curriculum materials, educational activities, and equipment (crafts, books, STEM kits, etc.

• Consistent daily learning schedules from teachers

• Soaps, hand sanitizers • Thermometers and other tools to detect COVID-19 symptoms

• Parent contribution in school supplies and educational support

INTERNET ACCESS AMONG PROVIDERS PROVIDERS WHO CURRENTLY HAVE INTERNET ACCESS

67% have

33% do not

access

have access

PROVIDERS WHO DO NOT CURRENTLY HAVE INTERNET ACCESS

53% of providers pay a

77% of providers prefer

monthly amount of $81+ for internet service

internet service providers as their most preferred method for connection

53%

$81+

25%

$61-$80

16%

$41-$60

4% 2%

$21-$40 $0-$21

PROVIDERS WHO CURRENTLY HAVE BROADBAND INTERNET ACCESS OVER WI-FI

77%

Internet service through Cox, AT&T, etc.

9%

Free community Wi-Fi

9%

Hot Spot

5%

In-home modem


CONCERNS FOR THE UPCOMING SCHOOL YEAR PROVIDING CHILDREN WITH SUFFICIENT EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT

SUPPORTING CHILDREN OF DIFFERENT AGES AND WITH VARYING NEEDS

Managing schedules from different schools

Ensuring that each child receives proper attention while receiving care

Tutoring children from different grade levels •

Maintaining communication with teachers for updates on curriculum, assignments, etc.

Managing needs and interactions between younger and older children

• •

Keeping children focused and motivated

Assisting children with behavioral, learning, or other diverse needs

Ensuring parents contribute to their children’s learning progress

MANAGING GENERAL INCREASE IN OPERATION EXPENSES

IMPLEMENTING HEALTH & SAFETY MEASURES AGAINST COVID-19

Higher food consumption by older children

Ability to test children regularly and support from parents to detect COVID-19 symptoms

Additional amenities to support more children (Ex: fan, air conditioning, school supplies, increased Wi-Fi speeds)

Access to cleaning and PPE supplies

Potential need to hire additional staff or higher compensation for existing staff

Furniture to support social distancing (ex. new tables, chairs, dividers, etc.)

General materials and equipment needed for distance learning

Outdoor equipment and activities to create more space for children

Laurie Han Department Head Resource and Referral

YMCA Childcare Resource Service 3333 Camino del Rio S. #400 San Diego, CA 92108

Lhan@ymca.org

619-521-3055

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