This report, conducted jointly by the Project for Middle Class Renewal (PMCR) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Illinois Economic Policy Institute (ILEPI), assesses the child care crisis in Illinois. This report explores data on children up to 13 years old and examines how the unprecedented decisions to close schools and move to remote learning impacted children and working parents. Then, results from a survey of 1,030 working mothers in Illinois conducted between August 20, 2020 and October 27, 2020 are presented, including data on employment status, worksite location, school and child care facility closures, child care responsibilities, and usage of child care supports. The next section explores the statistical impact of COVID-19 and school and child care facility closures on employment and economic outcomes for working mothers in Illinois before outlining potential policy solutions that could help businesses and elected officials address the child care crisis in Illinois. A concluding section recaps key findings. (author abstract)
Women and child care in Illinois: A survey of working mothers during the COVID-19 pandemic
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