HMW: How might we anticipate the changing childcare needs of UNC Health employees?
What we learned:
On 4/1/20 NC DHHS launched a COVID-19 Parent application for financial assistance for an emergency childcare program.
We’ve heard that some child care centers for essential workers in NYC are closing due to under-enrollment and this is something we’re monitoring here in NC, too.
Based on the 600+ responses we have received in our childcare needs survey that went out to Triangle-based UNC Health employees and UNC School of Medicine Employees, there are several reasons why childcare needs may increase in the coming weeks/months that we will need to anticipate:
- Employees’ work schedules change, e.g. they’re asked to work extra or different shifts than their current schedule
- Current childcare centers close
- Current in-home childcare options fall through, e.g. current childcare provider, child, spouse/partner, or the employee tests positive for COVID- 19.
If any of these scenarios arise, UNC Health employees may need different and immediate childcare in order for them to come to work.
After this survey, how will we be able to assess in real-time the childcare needs among UNC Health employees? · At the end of this task force, how will we evaluate the impact of our task force efforts in connecting UNC Health employees with childcare resources?