Early childhood professionals throughout Nebraska now have the opportunity to let public and private sector decision makers know how the coronavirus has already impacted the child care industry in our state. This week, the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce, Nebraska Department of Economic Development, University of Nebraska System and other partners launched the Nebraska Business Response Survey to gather insight about how businesses are navigating the ongoing crisis.
Child care programs represent an important part of Nebraska’s business landscape. Please take 10 minutes of your time to fill out this survey on how your own business has been affected by COVID-19. The survey will remain open until Friday, April 24 at 5:00 p.m. CDT. It is available in both English and Spanish language versions.
The data gathered by the survey will be used to analyze the distinct challenges faced by business owners and develop targeted strategies to restore economic growth throughout the state. Findings from the survey will also be published as a report to shed light on the overall situation of business and industry in Nebraska.
While the long-term effects of the pandemic in Nebraska are as yet unknown, one thing is clear: child care is essential to supporting working families now and as we work to recover. Providers statewide are facing difficult decisions regarding whether to remain open to support the families still working in their communities, and potentially put themselves and their families at risk, or close temporarily or permanently. As business owners, it is crucial to make sure your voices are heard by leading decision makers so we can move forward together.
I know that this time in our lives is not easy for anyone! As a daycare provider it is so important that we help with homeschooling do science experiments, art projects as well as other activities with our daycare kids! This is all very expensive!! In addition less children are in daycare because parents are working from home! This is less income for our daycares! Not to mention that cleaning supplies and paper products since we are using more is getting expensive! We did not plan for this and there was no way to prepare! We have our own families and bills ! This is far from easy! Some of our parents are not getting paychecks right now and we can’t ask them to pay for daycare to hold a spot when they are just trying to put food on their tables for their families! If this goes on like this daycares will have to close and essential workers need daycare! I put my families at risk as well as ourselves because I love what I do and the kids deserve as much normalcy as possible! The price is groceries is also a factor! Yes I get a foos check but I still pay for a lot of the groceries myself! Feeding the kids healthy meals is very expensive! But it’s so very very important! I feel blessed everyday that I’m a daycare provider! It’s sad that this time is so very stressful! Thank you