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Resources by Topic: Child care

Child Care in Rural Minnesota After 2020: A Unique Opportunity
Summarizes changes in child care in Minnesota from 2000-2020. Describes the COVID-19 pandemic's effect on child care and employment, and features discussion on how a lack of child care can affect parents' abilities to secure and maintain jobs. Includes data and statistics on changes in child care provider licenses and capacity. Offers recommendations for recovering from the pandemic and keeping child care intact in rural Minnesota.
Additional links: Webinar Recording
Author(s): Marnie Werner
Date: 02/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Policy and Development
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Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation: Taking a Leadership Role and Building Trust
An interview with Kim Barber Tieman, program director for health and human services for the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, sharing how the foundation has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses efforts to help West Virginia organizations navigate and apply for federal funding opportunities, support for mobile COVID testing units to better reach communities of color, support for telehealth infrastructure, and a wide range of other activities to help meet the needs of the vulnerable and disenfranchised.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Child Care in 25 States: What We Know and Don't Know
Compares the supply and demand for child care services in 25 states, and examines potential reasons behind resulting child care gaps. Features state-by-state data on child care need, including urban versus rural comparisons. Discusses challenges with data collection and offers recommendations for improvement.
Additional links: Webinar Recording
Author(s): Linda Smith, Anubhav Bagley, Benjamin Wolters
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bipartisan Policy Center
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The Impact of Coronavirus on Households in Rural America
Reports on the experiences of rural households during the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses impacts on finances, employment, healthcare, housing, food, and child care. Concerns related to healthcare include access to care during the pandemic, concerns for those with special health issues such as chronic conditions, and use of telehealth.
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, National Public Radio, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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North Dakota's Significant Rural Health Needs as Identified by Critical Access Hospital Community Health Needs Assessments: 2017-2019 Aggregate Results for Rural North Dakota Hospitals
Report highlights the results of community health needs assessments of North Dakota's Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) from 2017 to 2019. Identifies the most pressing healthcare needs in ND's rural communities.
Author(s): Kylie Nissen, Shawn Larson
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health
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Child Care Deserts Mapping Tool
Interactive map featuring data on child care availability and locations for child care deserts, or areas in which the demand for child care is much greater than the availability of child care. Includes layered maps showing poverty rates, educational attainment, median family incomes and home values, and percent of Black and Hispanic/Latinx residents.
Date: 06/2020
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organizations: Center for American Progress, University of Minnesota
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Genotyping and Subtyping Cryptosporidium To Identify Risk Factors and Transmission Patterns — Nebraska, 2015–2017
Examines the genetic diversity of Cryptosporidium in Nebraska, looking at the distribution of cases of cryptosporidiosis caused by Cryptosporidium parvum and Cryptosporidium hominis in rural and urban settings. Reports on rural cases due to animal exposures and urban cases in child care facilities.
Author(s): Brianna K. Loeck, Caitlin Pedati, Peter C. Iwen, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 69(12), 335-338
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Child Care Challenges for Medicaid Work Requirements
Examines the impact of Medicaid work requirements on low-income parents related to finding and affording child care. Discusses challenges related to accessing child care and afterschool programs in rural areas.
Author(s): Gina Adams, Eva H. Allen, Anuj Gangopadhyaya, Genevieve M. Kenney
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Urban Institute
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The New Economy and Child Care: Nonstandard-Hour Work, Child Care, and Child Health and Well-Being
Examines child care instability experienced by mothers with young children. Includes information from state child care administrators related to the support provided by the child care subsidy system for parents working nonstandard hours. Includes a brief discussion of rural child care deserts.
Author(s): Angela Rachidi, Russell Sykes, Kerry Desjardins, Julius Cesar Chaidez
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: American Public Human Services Association, Mathematica
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A Roadmap for Delivering Child Care in Agricultural Communities
Workbook designed to identify challenges and assets in providing services in rural communities, and to examine how these factors play a part in accessing services. Includes resources and links for further information.
Author(s): A.K. Liebman, M.A. Salzwedel, J. Simmons, B.C. Lee
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Migrant Clinicians Network, National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety
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