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Creative Ideas To Support Working Parents Through the Caregiver Crisis

Bruce Upbin

Creative Ideas To Support Working Parents Through the Caregiver Crisis

Well-being
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1 minute
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August 19, 2020

With spotty school re-openings and an unrelenting crush of work, the caregiver crisis is real for working couples and single parents. How big of an issue is this? Two-fifths of all families in the US have at least one child under the age of 18; of those, 64% had both parents employed – that’s about 30 million families. There are also 10 million single working mothers today, and 5 million single working fathers. Working parents today rely heavily on schools to care for their children, and most don’t have a caregiver at home who is not working. Even for parents with the ability to pay for childcare, in the midst of a pandemic there are fewer options available to school-aged children.

The folks at Mercer created this helpful guide with ideas for increasing flexibility at work, improving leave policies, and launching programs such as online learning and care pods.  

Well-being
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1 minute
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May 21, 2020