Marketplace has a new podcast for kids, "Million Bazillion!" EPISODE OUT NOW
The pandemic has left parents with impossible choices. Rose Conlon for Marketplace

A crisis for caregivers

Meghan McCarty Carino Dec 30, 2020
The pandemic has left parents with impossible choices. Rose Conlon for Marketplace

The coronavirus pandemic has made it next to impossible for many parents to play the dual roles of caregiver and worker.

Schools and day cares closed their doors, some indefinitely. In-person sports, music lessons and after-school tutoring were canceled, while help from family, friends, babysitters and nannies became fraught with new risks.

The U.S. was ill-prepared for this crisis. It is among the only wealthy countries with no guaranteed paid family leave, paid sick leave or access to affordable child care, which costs more than college tuition in most states. 

In an October 2020 Marketplace-Edison Research Poll, we asked parents how the pandemic was affecting their work and family lives.

This series explores how a difficult problem is becoming increasingly unworkable.

We’re here to help you navigate this changed world and economy.

Our mission at Marketplace is to raise the economic intelligence of the country. It’s a tough task, but it’s never been more important.

In the past year, we’ve seen record unemployment, stimulus bills, and reddit users influencing the stock market. Marketplace helps you understand it all, will fact-based, approachable, and unbiased reporting.

Generous support from listeners and readers is what powers our nonprofit news—and your donation today will help provide this essential service. For just $5/month, you can sustain independent journalism that keeps you and thousands of others informed.