CNN: “Staggering” number of children have lost at least one parent to Covid-19, model estimates

CNN: “Staggering” number of children have lost at least one parent to Covid-19, model estimates. “More than a year into the pandemic, children’s lives may be starting to look more normal as an increasing number of people get vaccinated and schools reopen. However, many children in the US are contending with the difficult reality that is irreparable: the loss of a parent from Covid-19. One result of the pandemic may be an ever-growing number of ‘Covid orphans.’”

Teens deal with unimaginable loss after both parents die from COVID-19: “We miss them” (CBS This Morning)

CBS This Morning: Teens deal with unimaginable loss after both parents die from COVID-19: “We miss them”. “Rita Marquez-Mendoza has always been close to her two teenage grandsons, Nathan and Isaiah, but she never imagined that she’d become the closest thing they’d have to a mom or a dad. Her daughter Noehmi died of COVID-19 in July at just 39 years old. Mendoza said she had to say goodbye to her over the phone…. Carlos was the boys’ father, who Rita said she loved as one of her own. Days after Noehmi died, Carlos became sick with COVID-19 as well. He died 15 days later and the boys were orphaned.”

Poll: Over Three-Quarters of Parents Support School Reopening (Route Fifty)

Route Fifty: Poll: Over Three-Quarters of Parents Support School Reopening. “An online Gallup poll conducted in mid-February found that 79% of overall respondents supported in-person schooling in their communities at that time. The share of people who felt that way was even higher among working parents (82%) and Republicans (94%). But even among parents who aren’t working and Democrats, majorities—71% and 62% respectively—said they thought it was time for kids to go back to classrooms.”

People: Over Two-Thirds of Parents Have to Use Google to Help Kids with Schoolwork, Study Finds

People: Over Two-Thirds of Parents Have to Use Google to Help Kids with Schoolwork, Study Finds. “A survey of 2,000 American parents with school-aged children asked how sharp their math skills were and how they approach their kid’s assignments. Results found that although 79 percent of parents surveyed can recall the things they learned in school, nearly as many (70 percent) parents said it’s harder for them to solve their kid’s math homework today.”

NYC Department of Education: Chancellor Carranza Launches Parent University, New Online Resource for Families

NYC Department of Education: Chancellor Carranza Launches Parent University, New Online Resource for Families. “Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza today launched Parent University, a new online platform that offers a centralized catalog of courses, live events, and activities to help connect with families and support students. The platforms offers all New York City parents and guardians access to live and on-demand courses and resources across multiple discipline areas and grade bands.”

Coronavirus: Sesame Street launches storylines to help parents through the pandemic (Nursery World)

Nursery World: Coronavirus: Sesame Street launches storylines to help parents through the pandemic . “The three organisations have come together to launch the Parenting Partnership, which will be rolled out to address the specific needs of parents and carers worldwide. The first phase of the partnership involves newly-created Sesame Street content, available in ten languages, which address common issues, such as adapting to spending more time in the home together, and not being able to socialise with friends.”

Morning Consult: Millennials Were Already Putting Off Having Children. Then the Pandemic Hit.

Morning Consult: Millennials Were Already Putting Off Having Children. Then the Pandemic Hit.. “According to a new Morning Consult survey, 17 percent of 572 millennials (those ages 24 to 39) who don’t have children said they would further delay having them because of the pandemic, and 15 percent said they are less interested in having children at all because of COVID-19. Only 7 percent of this group said they are more interested in having children due to the pandemic.”

Disability Scoop: ‘Sesame Street’ Helping Kids With Autism Learn To Wear Face Masks

Disability Scoop: ‘Sesame Street’ Helping Kids With Autism Learn To Wear Face Masks. “The videos show Julia going on a virtual playdate with Elmo, practicing wearing a face mask during a video call with her dad and learning to deal with changes as she visits the park for the first time in a long time. In addition to the videos, Sesame Workshop is also offering articles and stories to help parents and caregivers support their kids on the spectrum as they deal with changes in routine.”

Michigan Health: 1 in 3 Parents Plan to Skip Flu Shots for Their Kids During COVID-19 Pandemic

Michigan Health: 1 in 3 Parents Plan to Skip Flu Shots for Their Kids During COVID-19 Pandemic. “The pandemic doesn’t seem to be changing parents’ minds about the importance of the flu vaccine. It could be a double whammy flu season this year as the nation already faces a viral deadly disease with nearly twin symptoms. And while public health experts have emphasized the importance of people of all ages receiving seasonal flu vaccines during the COVID-19 pandemic, many parents may not be getting that message.”

Cullman Times: State creates new website to help families

Cullman Times: State creates new website to help families. “Governor Kay Ivey on Monday announced the creation of Alabama Family Central a comprehensive, easy-to-use web and mobile destination that offers parents and families, guardians, teachers and caregivers a one-stop connection to programs and services in Alabama. Information on childcare, education, family services and health services can all be found here.”

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.”

CNN: Parents send student to school while knowingly infected with coronavirus, mayor says

CNN: Parents send student to school while knowingly infected with coronavirus, mayor says. “Almost 30 teenagers have to quarantine after parents sent their child to a Massachusetts school despite knowing they were positive with Covid-19, according to Attleboro Public Schools and the town’s mayor. A Covid-19 positive student attended class on Monday, but the school wasn’t notified of their diagnosis until the next day, Attleboro High School superintendent David Sawyer said in a letter sent out to families Tuesday night.”

Class Of COVID-19: The Horrifying Sadness Of Sending My Kids To College During A Pandemic (BuzzFeed News)

BuzzFeed News: Class Of COVID-19: The Horrifying Sadness Of Sending My Kids To College During A Pandemic. “I have two daughters, twins. They have been and will always be the best thing my wife and I have ever done. I am so hopeful and excited for them. I am so excited to see the adults they are becoming. But I am terrified for them as well. Heading off to college mid-pandemic with no end in sight.”

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.”

Phys .org: More than half of young Americans live with parents

Phys .org: More than half of young Americans live with parents. “Just over half of young adult Americans live with their parents, an unprecedented proportion that is doubtless linked to the coronavirus but also reflects a deeper trend, researchers said Friday. Between February and May, the share of 18-29 year-olds living with at least one parent rose from 47 percent to 52 percent and stayed at that level through July.”