Our New COVID-19 Data

September 2021 Data Brief: Child Care Disruptions (PDF - 122 KB)

Our latest Household Pulse Survey results

We partner with the U.S. Census Bureau on the Household Pulse Survey.

Children’s Telemedicine

  • Since April 14, 2021, more than 1 in 5 households with children (22-24%) reported that at least one child had an appointment with a health professional by video or phone in the past month. This estimate has remained stable over the past 3 months.
  • Prevalence of children’s telemedicine visits varied among states, from a low of 9% of households with children in Ohio and Wyoming to a high of 36% in Washington, DC.

We partnered with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics to provide children’s telemedicine trends through a dashboard. Updates happen every 2 weeks. 

Children’s Missed, Delayed, or Skipped Preventive Check-Ups

  • Between May 26 and June 21, 2021, 1 in 4 households with children (25%) reported that at least one child missed, delayed, or skipped a preventive check-up in the past year due to the pandemic.
  • The most common reasons for missing/delayed preventive check-ups due to COVID-19 were limited availability of appointments, health care providers’ location being closed, and concerns about visiting health care providers’ location.

Disruptions in Childcare

  • Between May 26 and June 21, 2021, almost 1 in 5 households who needed childcare (18%) reported that at least one child was unable to attend daycare or another childcare arrangement in the past month due to the pandemic.
  • The most common impacts of childcare disruptions included parents/caregivers cutting their work hours, supervising children while working, taking unpaid or paid leave from work, and leaving a job to care for children.

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Background

We partner with the U.S. Census Bureau on the Household Pulse Survey. This experimental data collection effort rapidly monitors the impact of the pandemic on U.S. households.

Beginning in April 2021, we added questions to understand some of the pandemic's effects on the health of children under 18 years of age. The survey gathers information on an ongoing basis and releases the data every 2 weeks to provide near real-time information.

We are collecting, analyzing, and disseminating data on:

  • Children’s use of telemedicine
  • Preventive well-child visits
  • Disruptions in childcare

Methods

The Household Pulse Survey was initially launched in April 2020 to provide information on the pandemic’s social and economic impacts on U.S. households. Content sponsored by the HRSA Maternal and Child Health Bureau was included on Phase 3.1 of the survey (April 14-July 5, 2021). Sponsored content will also be included on Phase 3.2 (July 21-October 11, 2021).

Households are randomly selected using the U.S. Census Bureau’s Master Address File, and one adult 18 years or older is invited by text and/or email to participate in a web-based survey, which takes about 20 minutes. Over 2 million households are invited to participate in each survey period. Approximately 150,000 adults participate, with about one-third representing households with children under 18 years.

Prevalence estimates included on this page are weighted for nonresponse to match estimates of the U.S. population by age, sex, race/Hispanic ethnicity, and education. Analyses use survey procedures incorporating 80 replicate weights with a Fay’s adjustment to produce estimates for households with children. All analyses are conducted in SAS version 9.4 (Cary, NC).

Date Last Reviewed:  September 2021