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Something's gotta give: Parents face an untenable set of demands as schools and child care providers begin a new academic year

This week, we looked at what families are facing in fall 2020 as distance learning becomes the new norm for much of the nation. While the RAPID survey focuses on households with young children aged 0 to 5, this week we took a closer look at the families in our survey who also have an older, school-age child in addition to a younger child (461 families total), which is just under half of the total families in this week's survey. We asked caregivers what their local school districts had planned for fall 2020 — will learning be inperson, fully remote, a hybrid of both? Then we asked who in the household would be responsible for managing the remote aspects of their children's schooling. Since all the families in our survey also have a child aged 0 to 5, we also asked caregivers who would be caring for their younger children while older children are doing their distance learning. Then we asked what are they doing to entertain and support learning for these younger children — online activities, screen time? (author abstract)
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