Click here to download the full COVID-19 Impact Survey results. Rev. 09-01-2020

Click here to download 2-page brief on the COVID-19 Impact Survey.

Click here to download the printer-friendly version of the 2-page brief.

How has COVID-19 affected families’ well being, their living situations, employment, and childcare needs? What actions should public agencies like First 5 take to address their most pressing concerns?

Our COVID-19 Impact survey asked these questions of over 400 First 5 families, as well as families in Contra Costa County who haven’t been to our Centers. Data from this survey will guide our priorities for direct service and advocacy, as we look for the best ways to support children and families through this public health pandemic.

As we look for the best ways to support children and families through this public health pandemic. Here are some of our top-level findings:

Families with the lowest household incomes were hit the hardest

The survey confirmed much of what we already suspected. Families with the lowest household incomes were hit the hardest financially by the need to shelter in place. Alongside their concerns about making ends meet, families worry about social isolating and their young children’s developmental progress and learning. Over half (59%) lost access to childcare. Parents and caregivers report feeling anxious and overwhelmed anywhere from several to half the days in a week.

The survey responses indicate a clear call to action

While families do everything they can to keep them and their children safe from COVID-19, they need public agencies to step in and advocate for their economic stability. When asked about which concrete supports to prioritize, over half of survey respondents (58%) listed debt forgiveness and economic stimulus checks families, along with cash assistance (53%).

Click here to download the full COVID-19 Impact Survey results. Rev. 09-01-2020

Click here to download 2-page brief on the COVID-19 Impact Survey.

Click here to download the printer-friendly version of the 2-page brief.