This report is Part II of a three-part series on the impact of COVID-19 on Cook County families. It is based on interviews conducted by the referrals and outreach team at Illinois Action for Children (IAFC). This team connects families to child care and community resources and hears firsthand how families have been affected by the pandemic. With the goal of formally documenting family experiences, the team began the project by surveying 144 parents in the summer of 2020 about their employment, child care, family well-being and children’s schooling under the pandemic. The results are captured in Part I of this report series. For this report, Part II, the IAFC referrals and outreach team conducted more in-depth interviews with a subset of the parents – 26 mothers - to learn how they were faring four to five months later, in November 2020. The mothers’ experiences are summarized below. Looking ahead, Part III of the series will capture the experiences and perspectives of this same subset of mothers’ in the spring of 2021, a full year into the pandemic. (author abstract)
In the voices of parents: Mothers navigating the COVID-19 pandemic: Part 2
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