23.5 million workers with young children do not have a possible caregiver at home

As reopening schools and child care programs this fall looks more challenging amid rising COVID-19 cases, a Brookings analyst estimated the impact this might have on working parents. Forty-one million workers have at least one child under age 18, comprising nearly one-third of the national workforce. Working parents with children under age 14 account for over one-quarter of the workforce, or 33.5 million workers. Of these working parents with young children, the majority—70 percent or 23.5 million workers—do not have any available caregivers at home. Likely the ability of these parents to continue working or return to work will depend on schools and child care programs reopening. #education #workforce #covid-19

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