Recession With a Difference: Women Face Special Burden (New York Times)

New York Times: Recession With a Difference: Women Face Special Burden. “For millions of working women, the coronavirus pandemic has delivered a rare and ruinous one-two-three punch. First, the parts of the economy that were smacked hardest and earliest by job losses were ones where women dominate — restaurants, retail businesses and health care. Then a second wave began taking out local and state government jobs, another area where women outnumber men. The third blow has, for many, been the knockout: the closing of child care centers and the shift to remote schooling.”

BuzzFeed News: Parents Who Double As Essential Workers Are Struggling More Than Ever. Here Are Their Stories.

BuzzFeed News: Parents Who Double As Essential Workers Are Struggling More Than Ever. Here Are Their Stories.. “Essential workers have found it hard to collect unemployment benefits if they stop working to care for their families. Those who can afford professional childcare, and are willing to deal with the risks, have found it difficult to find open spots. Around the country, thousands of childcare centers have closed as work-from-home parents withdrew their children, unintentionally impacting parents unable to keep their children home. Enrollment at childcare programs is down by an average of 67% nationwide and only 18% of programs expect that they will survive longer than a year, according to a June survey by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.”

The Atlantic: What Are Parents Supposed to Do With Their Kids?

The Atlantic: What Are Parents Supposed to Do With Their Kids? “The combination of remote schooling, reduced child-care options, and a ‘reopened’ economy leaves millions of American parents who work outside the home with an impossible choice. They can put their job at risk by staying home. (Some 74,000 Americans who had a job but were taking time off cited ‘childcare problems’ for their absence during a sample week in July—more than twice the typical average, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.) They can send their children to in-school day camps that may be unaffordable—and potentially just as virus-prone as regular schools. They can leave their kids with vulnerable relatives. Or they can leave their children home alone.”

AP: Child care crisis pushes US mothers out of the labor force

AP: Child care crisis pushes US mothers out of the labor force. “Research is increasingly pointing to a retreat of working mothers from the U.S. labor force as the pandemic leaves parents with few child care options and the added burden of navigating distance learning. The trend threatens the financial stability of families in the near-term. In the long-term, the crisis could stall — if not reverse — decades of hard-fought gains by working women who are still far from achieving labor force parity with men.”

New York Times: Real Life Horror Stories From the World of Pandemic Motherhood

New York Times: Real Life Horror Stories From the World of Pandemic Motherhood. “The Families First Coronavirus Response Act was enacted this spring for the express purpose of providing workers with expanded family and sick leaves for reasons related to Covid-19 and its accompanying school and child care closings. But between April and June, caregiver-related calls to our hotline at the Center for WorkLife Law, which provides legal resources to help workers claim workplace accommodations and family leaves, increased 250 percent compared to the same time last year. We’ve heard from lots and lots of workers, many of them mothers. And the stories they’re sharing make it clear that Families First is falling short.”

Texas Tribune: In shift, Texas begins publishing some data on coronavirus cases at child care centers

Texas Tribune: In shift, Texas begins publishing some data on coronavirus cases at child care centers. “The Texas Health and Human Services Commission published a spreadsheet on its website Thursday showing COVID-19 cases in 1,867 child care facilities, summer camps, and before- and after-school programs in 127 counties. It excludes the names and addresses of child care centers run out of homes, but the agency included total cases from home-based centers in a separate spreadsheet.”

Politico: How the Child Care Crisis Will Distort the Economy for a Generation

Politico: How the Child Care Crisis Will Distort the Economy for a Generation. “Schools across the U.S. are closed because of the coronavirus, and unlikely to reopen safely anytime soon. Parents are exhausted from constant, round-the-clock care while trying to work from home; some have chosen to leave their jobs, or switch to part-time work, just to take care of their kids. And kids themselves are slipping behind academically. Now comes the bad news: We haven’t seen the worst of it yet.”

‘Crashing down’: How the child care crisis is magnifying racial disparities (Politico)

Politico: ‘Crashing down’: How the child care crisis is magnifying racial disparities. “The collapse of the child care industry is hitting women of color the hardest, threatening to stoke racial and gender inequities and putting pressure on Congress to address the crisis in its new round of coronavirus aid. Black and Latina women are suffering a double-barreled blow as coronavirus-induced shutdowns batter the industry, since they dominate the ranks of child care providers and have long struggled to gain access to the services for their own kids.”

HuffPost: Disney World May Be Open, But Most Kids In The U.S. Have Nowhere To Go

HuffPost: Disney World May Be Open, But Most Kids In The U.S. Have Nowhere To Go. “Without additional public funding, 40% of the child care centers in the U.S. say they’ll be forced to permanently shutter because of the financial pressures of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a survey released Monday by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.”

NBC Washington: Some Child Care Centers Closed Due to COVID-19 May Not Reopen

NBC Washington: Some Child Care Centers Closed Due to COVID-19 May Not Reopen. “More than 5,000 Washington, D.C.-area child care centers remain closed, some of which will never reopen, according to a review of state records by the News4 I-Team. The industry is suffering a growing economic crisis fueled by COVID-19 safety restrictions, capacity reductions, uncertainty over schools reopening and mass layoffs of parents who typically require child care.”

Poynter: With schools closed and Americans heading back to work, a day care crisis is looming

Poynter: With schools closed and Americans heading back to work, a day care crisis is looming. “Dr. Anthony Fauci gave senators conflicting advice this week. On one hand, he said the number of COVID-19 deaths and infections are ‘going to be very disturbing.’ But he also said, “I feel very strongly we need to do whatever we can to get the children back to school.” As workplaces begin to open up in some places, the pandemic’s economic aftereffects are closing day care centers nationwide.”

WBUR: With Child Care Restrictions, Many Wonder If Parents Will Return To Group Care

WBUR: With Child Care Restrictions, Many Wonder If Parents Will Return To Group Care. “As child care providers figure out how to reopen under new public health rules, many parents are considering whether to send their kids back to group care. And some providers are wondering if the entire market could shift to home-based care. The biggest challenge may be keeping kids apart.”

ABC News Australia: Free child care to end in July after Minister says it did its job during coronavirus

ABC News Australia: Free child care to end in July after Minister says it did its job during coronavirus. “The Federal Government will ditch its free childcare scheme next month, moving to reintroduce childcare subsidies for parents while ending the JobKeeper payment for workers in the sector. The scheme was introduced in April with the aim of keeping providers afloat during the coronavirus pandemic.”

WJAG: New website lists licensed child care providers in Nebraska

WJAG: New website lists licensed child care providers in Nebraska. “If you need child care and can’t find any, especially during this coronavirus pandemic, a new website may be able to help. Betty Medinger, Senior Vice President of the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation says a group of early childhood stakeholders has collaborated to create the Nebraska Child Care Referral Network.”

‘I had to choose being a mother’: With no child care or summer camps, women are being edged out of the workforce (The Lily)

The Lily: ‘I had to choose being a mother’: With no child care or summer camps, women are being edged out of the workforce. “If day cares closed because of the novel coronavirus, Aimee Rae Hannaford expected her family to fare better than most. She worked full time as the chief executive of a tech company while her husband stayed home. He’d been taking some time off from his own tech career, managing a rental property while considering his options. He could look after their 3-year-old son, she thought — at least for a while. ‘That lasted a grand total of three days,’ Hannaford said.”