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News July 9, 2020

New Survey Seeks Input from Families on Reopening Childcare

Information will help Philadelphia prepare to meet needs as pandemic-related restrictions ease

PHILADELPHIA (July 9, 2020) – Reinvestment Fund, the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Children and Families, Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC), and United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey are conducting a city-wide survey to understand childcare needs as people head back to work and school. Parents and guardians can participate in the online survey anonymously to share their needs and concerns around care for children ages 0 to 5 in their household.

“This is a very uncertain and challenging time for families and providers,” said Deputy Mayor Cynthia Figueroa. “We want to know what childcare options families are seeking given the pandemic as well as understand health and safety concerns so that we can make sure that families can be confident about accessing the childcare they need in the coming months.”

“There is little current information on families’ childcare needs for the coming months and what their health and safety concerns may be,” said Don Hinkle-Brown, President and CEO at Reinvestment Fund. “That is why we are urging Philadelphia families to take the survey so that local and state policymakers can make informed decisions when allocating resources.”

All families who use or plan to use childcare in Philadelphia are encouraged to take the survey, which is accessible at The survey will be open for the next two weeks and is available in eight languages. In addition to English, families can access the survey in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Khmer, Russian, Arabic and French.

Participants who complete the survey will be entered into a daily drawing for a $100 gift card. Winners will be notified by the email address provided.

Results from the survey will be also be shared with providers and the general public. The plan is also to share the results through a publicly accessible map of the City.


About City of Philadelphia’s Office of Children and Families

The Office of Children and Families (OCF) aligns the City’s policies, resources, and services for children and families. OCF’s priorities are safe children, strong families, and supported schools. OCF administers several City-supported programs for children and youth (Out-of-School Time, Community Schools, WorkReady, and PHLpreK), and oversees the Department of Human Services and the Philadelphia Children and Families Cabinet. Learn more at


About Reinvestment Fund

Reinvestment Fund is committed to building strong, more equitable communities by making health, wellbeing, and financial security available and accessible to families, regardless of income or zip code. We integrate data, policy and strategic investments to improve the quality of life in neighborhoods. Using analytical and financial tools, we bring healthy food projects, affordable housing, schools and health centers to the communities that need better access-creating anchors that attract investment over the long term and help families lead healthier, more productive lives. More at

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