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A crisis for caregivers

Many working parents were already struggling. Then the pandemic hit.

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Parents continue to slog through remote school

Jan 7, 2021
Many schools remain closed as COVID-19 cases increase. Parents struggle to manage the competing demands of work and their kids' learning.
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Essential worker parents struggle with remote school

Dec 17, 2020
Those who work outside the home must often rely on family or pay for help to supervise kids.
Dealing with daycare disruptions and remote school have been especially hard on essential worker parents.
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Pandemic burnout takes a toll on women working, caring for kids and more

Dec 4, 2020
The CDC says two out of every three caregivers are women, who support not only children but also adults with chronic illnesses.
A survey from health startup Maven estimates 10 million women are struggling to juggle their responsibilities.
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New benefits to help working parents are uneven.
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1 in 5 parents quit job or took leave to deal with remote school

Oct 23, 2020
Pulling back from work can put parents behind indefinitely on their career tracks.
The need to supervise kids at home has led to some parents dropping out of the work force.
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Mothers overwhelmingly supervise remote learning, poll finds

Oct 15, 2020
It's the latest example of how the pandemic is exacerbating inequality.
Our poll found a stark gender disparity in who was responsible for supervising classes.
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1 in 4 women are considering leaving the workforce, survey finds

Oct 2, 2020
Recent gains that women have made rising to senior management positions could be wiped out this year, the Lean In CEO says.
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Home child care workers unionize in California

Jul 29, 2020
Workers hope to strengthen an industry that has become even more precarious.
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Parents turn to private "pods" to school children

Jul 21, 2020
The groups of families are a way to mitigate the cost of schooling at home.
TOPSHOT - Instructor Chablis Torres (C) reads to children in a pre-school class, wearing masks and at desks spaced apart as per coronavirus guidelines during summer school sessions in Monterey Park, California on July 9, 2020.
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Moms are reducing work hours 4-5 times more than dads during pandemic

Jul 16, 2020
It could leave them vulnerable to layoffs, stalled careers and lower pay for years to come, new studies find.
A mom helps her two daughters with schoolwork during the pandemic in New York.
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