Our sector faced a spring of grief and uncertainty in 2020.
We feel it’s only right to start by acknowledging the significant grief, hardship, and uncertainty child cares faced this year. Yet through it all, the majority of the 11,000 child care organizations we work with continued to serve their young children. They "dug deep" to find new ways to support their communities and to survive. We’re deeply grateful to the educators who have worked so hard to continue serving their children, even through the darkest moments of the pandemic.
Sadly, 487 child care programs closed permanently, meaning a loss of thousands of spots for California children. Many of these programs were open for 30, 40, and even 50 years, but the pandemic and lack of financial relief forced them to shut their doors. Thank you for your many years of service and your immense impact on young children.
This year also brought a personal loss for CQEL. Sherri Springer, CQEL’s President and Co-Founder, and an early educator for 50 years, passed away suddenly in July. We are eternally grateful for Sherri’s service to CQEL, the early learning community, and the thousands of children and families she educated over a half-millenium.
The State of CQEL
CQEL was impacted by the pandemic, but we’ve made significant strides to expand our services and our support for the child care community. We continue to be 100% funded by our members and sponsors for support, which allows us to operate in the best interest of our members and the children and families they serve.
While we’ve had to say heartfelt goodbyes to many members that have closed their doors, we have seen the demand for CQEL’s community, resources, and trainings continue to grow. In 2020, CQEL’s membership continued to grow at 56% year-over-year. We were able to support our many hundreds of members and community of 11,000 providers because of your membership and support. Thank you.