Childcare disruptions are crushing parents — black families might feel it the most

Childcare disruptions are crushing parents — black families might feel it the most

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Have you noticed that you’ve been spending a lot more time at home with your kids lately? Well, you are not imagining anything. Last month, the number of Americans who had to miss work due to interruptions in childcare a historical record.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 100,000 Americans have had to stay home due to child care issues more than at any time during the pandemic.

Most parents had probably hoped that once the COVID-19 pandemic slowed, life would return to normal. But, a disturbing combination of RSV doping, influenza infectionsand COVID-19[feminine] infections in young children associated with a shortage of childcare workers has created a nightmare for parents who rely on childcare.

And while some families can afford to miss a few days of work, research suggests this black families are disproportionately affected by interruptions in childcare.

Before the pandemic, black families were more than twice as likely as white families say that child care issues caused them to quit their job, not take one, or “significantly change” their job.

Black families are also less likely have a financial cushion in the case of having to go without wages or losing employeest. Not to mention, the timing of these child care breaks is also troubling for Black families. An August NPR/ Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/ Harvard TH Chan a survey suggested that black Americans were particularly affected by high levels of inflation.

Roughly 58% of black adults said they did not have enough money to cover at least one month of their emergency expenses. And about 55% of black adults said they faced serious financial problems during the peak inflation period.

Unless and until we get a full racial breakdown of the BLS data, we won’t know for sure how black Americans are handling these massive child care disruptions. But, there are certainly plenty of reasons to be concerned about how black families are handling the economic turmoil in their wake.

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