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Piecing together solutions: Employers, childcare, & returning to work in COVID-19

Parents are trying balance their dual roles with limited to no access to formal childcare or family, friend, or neighbors to help, making childcare an important need for every employer and state to prioritize in their return to work plans. With that in mind, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has launched a new longitudinal study to understand how childcare challenges affect working parents and their employers in the unprecedented times of COVID-19. Over the next few months, the Chamber Foundation will be releasing findings and insights from multiple angles of those impacted by the childcare challenges, including parents, employers, and childcare providers. Adjacent are some topline findings from employers. In this study we looked at the changes employers have implemented due to COVID-19 as well as their concerns and priorities as they determine how and when to return to work. Knowing that childcare plays a key role in return to work plans, we asked how employers are thinking about childcare assistance, benefits, and accommodations in these unique circumstances. (author abstract)
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United States

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