May 27, 2020
Dear Early Childhood Provider,
Your participation in a Yale School of Medicine survey regarding child care during the COVID-19 crisis is requested.
Please help us by participating in a brief (12-20 minute long) surveybeing sent to child care providers like you across the nation. Your answers will be completely confidential. We need as many voices and experiences as possible as we try to determine the rate at which child care providers have become ill with COVID-19 symptoms and which strategies may have helped keep them safer. We need to hear from you whether you were open or closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We think of you as heroes for the work you do caring for children and families. As a measure of thanks, we will randomly select at least 10 people who complete the online confidential survey to win a check for $500. Also, we will invite all of you to participate in a free online webinar where we will discuss the results and answer any questions you may have, including questions regarding the latest science on COVID-19 spread in classroom settings and how best to keep children and staff safe. This free webinar will be hosted by Child Care Aware® of America, where I am board president. We value you as colleagues in this work, and we would learn from your comments and questions.
Your participation in this study is voluntary. Your decision to participate, withdraw or not answer all the questions will have no negative consequences.
We hope that you will help us. Please click the link below, which will take you to our online survey. It should take only about 12-20 minutes to complete the survey. More information and a brief consent page will be provided to you before the confidential online survey begins.
Our core team at the Yale School of Medicine consists of:
Walter S. Gilliam, PhD– a professor who focuses on early child care safety and policy
Thomas Murray, MD, PhD – a professor of pediatric infectious diseases
Saad Omer, PhD, MPH – a professor of epidemiology of microbial diseases
Updates on this study can be found on our COVID-19 Child Care Study website here, and may also appear on the Yale School of Medicine COVID-19 page here.
Thank you for all that you do for children and families.