In July of 2021, NAEYC conducted an online survey of over 7,500 self-selected child care, Head Start, and pre-K workers who responded to emails on listservs and other electronic communications. Respondents were asked to rank common challenges faced by programs and providers in perceived order of importance as experienced in the summer of 2021. The data is analyzed and findings are discussed on two topics: the impact of COVID-19 relief funding, and challenges related to staff retention, recruitment, and compensation. Suggestions are presented related to the continued use of of COVID-19 temporary subsidy policies to address longer-term problems.
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Mississippi needs to improve oversight of its child care payment program