Michigan Women's Commission: Child Care Use Survey, September-October 2020
The Michigan's Women's Commission (MWC) is conducting an informal survey to better understand how families are handling child care during this mid-pandemic, back-to-school, restructured-workplace time period.

In particular, MWC would like to know: a) what families are doing for child care right now, b) what families need to happen in order to feel comfortable using child care outside your own home during the pandemic, and c) what does ideal child care look like in a post-pandemic world.

MWC will use these survey responses to help craft and advance policy proposals that better support families with child care needs during and beyond our current state of emergency.

This survey is open to responses from Michigan residents. Optional individual and household demographic data is requested to ensure MWC receives feedback from a broadly diverse representation of Michigan families and child care circumstances. No personally identifiable information is requested, though respondents have the option to provide an email address to receive survey follow-up and other future information from the MWC. This survey takes approximately 6 minutes to complete.

For more information about the Michigan Women's Commission, please visit our website at www.michigan.gov/mwc. If you have questions about this survey, please email the Commission at MDCR-WomensComm@michigan.gov.

Thank you for participating in this survey!
Do you currently have or are you currently responsible for the care of a child or children in your home? (Meaning children who are considered as living in the same residence as you.) *
If yes to Question 1, how many children?
Also if yes to Question 1, what is the age of each child?
Do you consider this child or these children as living in your home full-time or part-time?
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Including yourself, how many adults living in your household have caregiving responsibilities for this child or these children?
What is your current employment status and situation? (For example, are you currently employed working full-time outside the home during the pandemic? Are you working from home part-time? Have you taken a leave from work?)
How are you currently handling child care for each child? Feel free to provide as much detail as necessary to cover the variety of ways you are meeting your current child care needs.
If you are not currently using child care outside your own home, what would it take for you to feel comfortable using outside child care services (e.g., child care center, home-based day care, etc.) during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Looking beyond this current state of emergency, what do you anticipate your employment status to be? And, if employed, what do you anticipate your work situation to look like? (For example, I anticipate being employed full-time and returning to work outside the home.)
Looking beyond this current state of emergency, what would the ideal child care situation look like for you (i.e., what kinds of barriers would be removed, what assistance would you need, what types of child care would you desire, do you or does your child have special needs or circumstances, etc.)?
During the current state of emergency, who would you prefer regularly care for your children?
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In a post-pandemic world, who would you prefer regularly care for your children?
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At any point, what time periods are most difficult for you to secure adequate child care? (Check all that apply.)
What else would you like the Michigan Women's Commission to know about your current or potential child care situation or needs?
What MI county do you and the children you care for currently live in? (Responses to this question will be used to determine diverse representation in responses, and to look for potential trends among demographics.)
How would you identify your race and/or ethnicity? Please check all that apply. (Responses to this question will be used to determine diverse representation in responses, and to look for potential trends among demographics.)
How would you identify the race and/or ethnicity of the child or children you care for? Please check all that apply. (Responses to this question will be used to determine diverse representation in responses, and to look for potential trends among demographics.)
What is your current annual household income? (Responses to this question will be used to determine diverse representation in responses, and to look for potential trends among demographics.)
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If you'd like to receive information on the results of this survey and other future updates from the Michigan Women's Commission, please share your email address:
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