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Parents are struggling to provide for their families during the pandemic: Material hardships greatest among low-income, Black, and Hispanic parents

Using data from the Urban Institute's Health Reform Monitoring Survey (HRMS) collected in late March and early April, we find that more than 4 in 10 parents living with children younger than 19 reported that they or someone in their family lost a job, work hours, or work-related income because of the coronavirus outbreak. This proportion rises to about 5 in 10 for non-Hispanic black parents and low-income parents and to more than 6 in 10 for Hispanic parents. We also find that low-income parents were less likely to be able to work from home and more likely to have had difficulty arranging child care because of the outbreak than higher-income parents. (author abstract)
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United States

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