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Washington State child care industry assessment

The Department of Commerce (Commerce) contracted with ICF, a global consulting firm, to assess Washington state's child care industry to fulfill RCW 43.330.529 and RCW 43.41.800. ICF, with research partners MomsRising, Fran Kipnis, and Capito Associates, completed the industry assessment in collaboration with Commerce, the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) and the task force between December 2019 and June 2020. ICF's full industry assessment report is attached and available online. The child care industry assessment highlights systemic capacity issues that existed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, which appeared as the research and data collection was underway. The assessment shows a comprehensive view of the child care system up to March of this year. The findings demonstrate the need for and reasons why even before the pandemic, the child care system, with ever increasing costs, struggled to meet the capacity needs of families seeking care. Now, the child care system is strained even more. To better understand the deep changes that have occurred, ICF carried out an initial examination of COVID-19 impacts on child care supply. More analysis is needed to fully understand the pandemic's temporary and lasting effects on the child care industry. (author abstract)
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