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Studies: 15% of parents planning to leave their jobs

Emily Putnam
Updated: August 26, 2020 06:42 AM
Created: August 26, 2020 06:30 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — One of the biggest problems for parents as kids prepare for online and hybrid learning is balancing work, childcare and classes at home.

New studies show some parents are having to quit their jobs to make it work and childcare centers across our area have had to close their doors during this pandemic, which isn't helping.

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Some alarming statistics were released earlier this month about the number of parents considering a major change at work, or leaving their job entirely, due to lack of childcare.

The sites UrbanSitter.com and Care.com both conducted national surveys of more than 2,500 parents which revealed:

  • 72% of parents don’t currently have childcare
  • 14% said that they are comfortable sending their kids to daycare during COVID
  • 20% said that they’re more likely to quit their job now than pre-COVID
  • 15% of parent respondents said that they’re planning to leave the workforce entirely

Concern about the spread of coronavirus paired with fewer spots at childcare centers may be part of the reason parents are opting out of working.

At a press conference last month, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand warned that we are at risk of losing childcare slots on a national level.

"We are at risk of losing 4.5 million childcare slots nationwide," Gillibrand said. "Here in New York, that would mean that the availability of childcare could drop from one slot for every four children down to one slot for every eight children."

In the Rochester area and Finger Lakes region, over 200 childcare centers have closed since March.

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