COVID-19 and Child Care: Lessons Learned for Moving Forward

Event Date:
February 24th 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Photograph of two young children wearing COVID masks and playing with blocks in a day care center
Chava Sanchez/LAist

A joint virtual convening presented by the Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health & Schubert Center for Child Studies

Researchers from the Ohio COVID-19 Child Care Study as discussed COVID-19 among staff and families affiliated with child care programs across the state and lessons learned for managing the impact moving forward.  The virtual seminar also highlighted key voices with expertise in child health and wellbeing in addressing the value of child care and the importance of sustained investment.


  • Darcy Freedman, PhD, MPH, Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health
  • Mary Beth Marks, MBA, Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health


  • Lynanne Gutierrez, Esq., Groundwork Ohio
  • Carol Haynes, RN, MS, Kiddie Academy of Reynoldsburg
  • Kristie Ross, MD, MS, University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital  


Presenters' Slides

Link to PDF of presentation


Ohio Child Care Study

Link to PDF of the study overview and findings


JFS Guidelines for COVID-19 Mitigation 

Link to PDF of JFS guidelines


Community Co-sponsors:  4C for Children, Action for Children, The Centers for Families and Children, Child Care Resource Center, Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development, Early Childhood Resource Center, Groundwork Ohio, HOPE Toledo, Invest in Children, Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children, Ohio Child Care Resource & Referral Association (OCCRRA), PRE4CLE, Preschool Promise, Inc. - Dayton/Montgomery, SWOAEYC and Starting Point