Child care crisis could cost women $64.5 billion in lost wages

Oct 30, 2020
A new report quantifies the cost of women pulling back from work to care for kids during the pandemic.
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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.
According to the results of our latest Marketplace-Edison Research Poll, nearly 20% of parents with kids learning at home had to take a leave of absence or quit their job.
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Women three times more likely than men to not work during pandemic because of child care

Aug 21, 2020
COVID-19 has driven women's unemployment rate higher than men's and could worsen the gender pay gap in the long term.
Child care needs are part of the reason the current recession has had a greater effect on women than on men.
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For some caregiver positions, only coronavirus survivors need apply

Aug 5, 2020
As families turn to nannies for child care, some are screening candidates by whether they've had COVID-19, hoping they won't bring the virus into the home.
More parents are turning to child care providers who have had the coronavirus. Survivors may be immune to new infection, the thinking goes.
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Economies are reopening, but the child care question persists

Jun 8, 2020
An industry stretched thin before the pandemic is now at a breaking point.
A mother helps her daughters with schoolwork in March. As the economy opens back up, school programs remain shut down.
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Inside West Virginia’s overwhelmed foster care system

Oct 9, 2019
About 85% of the children in state custody have a parent who struggles with substance use disorder. The system is straining to care for them.
A homemade sign says "Think drugs gets you high give God a try," on a front lawn in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. The town in Wise County has been hit hard by the opioid epidemic.
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Millions of workers don't do 9 to 5. So where's the child care?

Jan 14, 2019
There's a growing need for round-the-clock child care centers.
Lesely Crawford, owner of ABK Learning and Development Center in Pittsburgh, gives a baby a midnight feeding at her 24/7 child care.
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In an effort to save money, day care centers in New England are forming purchasing groups

Oct 24, 2018
A pilot program is underway in Massachusetts, while New Hampshire already has 200 day care centers participating in its purchasing group program.
The Elizabeth Peabody House serves children and families in the Somerville, Massachusetts area.
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