Working Parents, Childcare, & COVID-19

July 1, 2020

Childcare is important for children, and it is essential for working parents. Parents rely on childcare to help them enter, re-enter, or remain in the workforce. but access to affordable, quality childcare is hard to come by. Now due to the COVID-19 pandemic, families are experiencing additional challenges in finding childcare that meets their needs.

The majority of parents feel their provisional childcare arrangement is unsustainable.

In June 2020, the Chamber Foundation surveyed working parents from across the country to understand the impact that childcare has on their ability to return to work. Check out the report below.

Read the Report

Key Findings: 

  • Almost half of working parents are now working remotely. Flexible working hours and the ability to work remotely were identified as the most important employer-provided benefits for working parents.
  • 75% of working parents currently have children staying at home with a parent during work hours
  • Two-thirds of parents have changed their childcare arrangement due to COVID-19
  • 60% of parents will need to change thier current childcare arrangement within the next year
  • 22% of parents are unsure whether they will return to their pre-COVID-19 working situation