A recent study conducted by Yale and published by the American Academy of Pediatrics has found that there is no association between exposure to child care and COVID-19. This study was conducted with data from the first three months of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States and was meant to determine whether children are efficient transmitters of the disease and likely to increase the spread of the virus through their community. The study focused on whether or not child care providers had a higher rate of contracting COVID-19 during the early months of the pandemic, but no connection between their line of work and COVID-19 was found.

Today, we are going to explore this study in more depth. Continue reading to learn more about the Yale study that found no association between exposure to child care and the contraction of COVID-19 and if you are searching for quality daycare or preschool in Pembroke Pines, Davie, Cooper City, or Weston, consider Lil’ Rascals Academy. We are taking every precaution possible to ensure your children’s safety. Contact us today.

What the Study Included

This study was a large-scale assessment that was intended to determine if child care workers were more likely to contract COVID-19 due to their line of work and exposure to young children. The study focused on child care employees for toddlers and preschool-aged children and does not provide any insight into the spread of the novel coronavirus in schools or colleges, as those environments are very different. 

The Yale study surveyed almost 60,000 child care providers in all 50 states, the district of Columbia, and Puerto Rico throughout May and June of 2020. The study found that whether the child care workers continued to provide care for young children or did not, their contraction rates of COVID-19 were unaffected. 

It should be noted that these child care providers took all of the appropriate safety precautions to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus and were located in areas where COVID-19 was contained.

The study concludes that providing care for young children when the necessary precautions are taken in an area where COVID-19 is contained does not heighten a person’s risk of contracting the disease or the risk of spreading the virus through their community  

Safety Precautions Taken

The child care providers assessed in the Yale study took all of the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of COVID including: 

  • Disinfecting
  • Handwashing
  • Symptom screening
  • Social distancing
  • Mask wearing
  • Limiting group size
  • No cohorting (mixing classes or groups of children)

Factors More Likely to Lend to the Spread of COVID-19

The study found that community factors, such as whether COVID-19 is contained in your area, and even your race were more likely to predict the contraction of COVID-19 than working with small children. 

Lil’ Rascals Academy — Your Source for Child Care

If you are searching for a quality daycare or preschool for your child, it’s time to consider Lil’ Rascals Academy. We are taking all of the necessary precautions to keep your children safe from the spread of COVID-19. Contact our team today to learn more about our child care centers located in Pembroke Pines, Davie, Cooper City, and Weston.

Resources:
https://news.yale.edu/2020/10/16/child-care-not-associated-spread-covid-19-yale-study-finds
https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/pediatrics/early/2020/10/16/peds.2020-031971.full.pdf