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School Closures and Their Effect on Parenting

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Posted at 1:47 PM, May 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-22 13:47:55-04

LANSING, Mich. — The COVID-19 pandemic has redefined most major parts of Americans lives in significant ways. With millions of Americans working from home while simultaneously serving as primary caregivers to their children, there are bound to be fears, struggles, and the occasional Zoom call photo bomb.

In order to get a sense of how Americans with children at home were handling their roles as caregiver, teacher, and full-time worker, TOP Data surveyed 400 Americans with school-aged children and asked them a series of questions about the impact COVID-19 has had on the working lives.

How are School Closures Effecting Parents

Approach
TOP Data surveyed 400 Americans (18+) with school-aged children.
Margin Of Error: 4.9%
Confidence Interval: 95%

Key Findings

  • Working parents express concern that their children will hurt their job security.
  • Most parents are working longer hours due to interruptions caused by caring for their children.
  • Most say that regardless of interruptions, they are still more productive when working from home.

Credits
Research, analysis, and graphic by TOP Data

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