Study Activities

The study includes two phases of monitoring during different levels of community transmission of COVID-19. Phase 1 was conducted from August 15-November 20, 2020 when community transmission was relatively low. Phase 2 is collecting data from November 20-December 31, 2020 when community transmission of COVID-19 is rising across the state. Child care related COVID-19 cases will be analyzed from the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020 until the end of Phase 2.

*Phase 1 only

COVID-19 Case Reporting for Child Care

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services provides weekly deidentified reports of COVID-19 cases for child care staff and children attending child care based on data from the Ohio Serious Incident Reporting system. These data are aggregated at the county level for all counties in Ohio.

Weekly Health Attestations (Staff & Parents/Caregivers)

Once enrolled, participants completed a brief, online health survey each week about signs and symptoms related to COVID-19. Participants are entered in weekly $25 Amazon e-gift card raffles.

Coronavirus Testing (Staff & Parents/Caregivers)

Free COVID-19 testing using self-testing kits. Participants received $50 along with individual test results.

Surveys (Parent/Caregivers)*

One 45-minute survey to share experiences related to COVID-19. Participants received a $25 Amazon e-gift card. An estimated 300 parents/caregivers will be randomly selected to complete one (1) online survey to share more information about experiences related to COVID-19.

Interviews (Staff & Parents/Caregivers)*

One 60-minute interview to share feedback on experiences related to COVID-19. Participants receive a $50 Amazon e-gift card.

Focus Groups (Child Care Program Administrators/Leaders)*

Thirty child care program administrators were randomly selected to participate in one (1) online focus group (i.e., group discussion) about experiences operating a child care program since COVID-19 was declared a statewide pandemic. 


Contact the study team

Please contact the study team at with additional study-related questions.