Straus Center for Young Children & Families



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This is the second in a series of reports discussing findings from a June 2021 survey sent to New York Aspire Registry members who work in NYC (n=663). It also follows up on Forgotten Frontline Workers, a report issued last year which focused on family child care (FCC) professionals’ experiences earlier in the pandemic. The results discussed in this report come from a self-selected sample (n=97), and cannot be used to draw conclusions about all FCC professionals in NYC; however, their value comes from recognizing each of these participants’ humanity and the important policy-relevant issues they raise for discussion:

  • Consistent with last year, FCC professionals were significantly more affected economically than other respondents
  • The odds of FCC professionals primarily working with infants and toddlers were 5.7 times higher than other survey participants.
  • 79% reported negative emotional effects from the pandemic, with 77% saying they experienced 5 or more of the 11 stressors identified in the survey
  • Significantly fewer reported an optimistic future orientation and more reported that they were suffering or struggling when compared with other early childhood educators in the survey
  • While most certainly negatively affected by the pandemic, this group of FCC professionals was significantly less negatively affected emotionally than others.
  • 46.3% agreed or strongly agreed that they received helpful support from a representative of the system (e.g., a coach, licensing consultant, etc.)

When considered in total, the findings in this report show a picture of fortitude in the face of very real economic, social, and personal stressors.

Publication Date

Spring 3-2022


Straus Center for Young Children & Families, Bank Street College of Education


New York


Family Child Care, COVID-19, Well-Being


Early Childhood Education | Other Educational Administration and Supervision

Forgotten Frontline Workers, One Year Later