The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a great deal of stress on families with children and their communities. At Illinois Action for Children, the child care referral teams who help parents find child care wanted a systematic way to collect and communicate some of the stories they had been hearing regarding the effect of the pandemic on families and their child care. Working with Illinois Action for Children’s research team, they developed a survey questionnaire and called Cook County parents who had used their referral services over the past year. Calls were made in June and July 2020, collecting 144 surveys. These parent surveys are intended to be Part 1 of an on-going series of conversations with the parents. In future months, the referral teams will complete in-depth interviews with a subset of the parents to follow up on how the families are faring over time. What follows is a summary of the survey results. We note that this is not a random sample of parents and is not necessarily representative of the experience of all Cook County parents. It does, however, reflect the thoughtful responses of a large group of parents who had challenges with employment and child care during and just after the emergency period. (author abstract)
In the voices of parents: Mothers navigating the COVID-19 pandemic: Part 1
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