According to a Maryland Family Network survey, 51% of child care programs in the state say they may close if families must keep children home for extended periods as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Overall 67% of child care businesses owners already report a financial loss due to the closures and reduced attendance.
Census results help to determine how federal funds are distrubuted to state, county, and local programs and services. Accurate data is needed to ensure that funds flow to the programs and locations where they are needed most.
Under Dr. Kirwan's leadership, the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education (aka the (Kirwan Commission) has championed the critical role that quality early care and learning will play in transforming public education in Maryland into a world-class system.