Supporting Small Businesses: Child Care Centers
Since the start of this pandemic, WA state has projected a loss of approximately 20,000 childcare slots to date. More alarmingly, about 75% of providers who have closed due to the pandemic say that they will be unable to reopen.
Childcare and early learning centers are an integral part of our economy, allowing all of us to head to work with calmness knowing our children are cared for and being educated. Therefore, it is imperative to shine a light on the challenges they are facing and ensure that they are receiving the necessary supports and resources to get them through these tough times.
Staff at Enterprise’s Seattle office have begun to keep a close watch on business related supports and resources that eligible childcare providers can apply for. Through our work in early learning, staff were recently presented on a live webinar to over 900 childcare providers from across the state. We were excited to share resources available at the local and regional level, state and federal. The feedback was positive, and many were grateful for the intentional focus on business supports to get them through this time.
As Washington state along with other cities begin to return to work its critical to ensure that access to childcare will be right there with us. Enterprise staff will continue to monitor these resources and expect to engage with providers to ensure they have equitable and linguistically appropriate access to business supports.