The Greater Watertown Community Health Foundation and its Every Child Thrives partners are working together to ensure that all children in Dodge and Jefferson counties thrive in health, learning and life. High quality child care is critically important to many stakeholders in our community. It ensures parents are able to support their families, businesses have employees, and children are able to foster skills to be successful in school and life. 

We are currently collecting feedback from parents/caregivers in our two counties about their experience with child care, and how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected their child care situation. This survey should take 5-10 minutes of your time, and your individual responses will be confidential. Results will help to inform the Greater Watertown Community Health Foundation’s strategy of investing in high quality child care in our community.

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* 1. How many children ages 0-5 do you have who need child care?

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* 2. How many school-age children do you have who need child care when school is not in session?

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* 3. What type(s) of child care do you use? (Check all that apply)

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* 4. How was your experience finding child care?

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* 5. How satisfied are you with your child care provider?

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* 6. What is important to you in making decisions about child care? (Check all that apply)

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* 7. Do you prefer a child care center or an in-home care provider?

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* 8. What barriers have existed for you, if any, in finding child care? (Check all that apply)

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* 9. Have you ever experienced any of the following due to lack of child care? (Check all that apply)

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* 10. Has COVID-19 affected your child care situation? (Check all that apply)

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* 11. If you have school-aged children, and school is provided in a virtual format on one or more days of the week during the 2020-21 school year: (Check all that apply. If you don't have school-aged children, you can skip this question.)

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* 12. If you could tell decision makers (like the mayor or the governor) one thing about child care, what would it be?

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* 13. If you have any additional comments about child care, please write them here.

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* 14. May we use your comments (anonymously) as we share information with decision makers?

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* 15. What is your zip code?

The following questions are optional and are only asked so that we know that we are connecting with parents/caregivers that represent our community.

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* 16. Please select your gender.

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* 17. Please select your race. 

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* 18. Please indicate your income. 

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* 19. Please provide us with your contact information if you would like to receive information about resources and activities for young children and families in our area, and/or would like information on how to advocate for high quality, accessible, affordable child care in our community.

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