KIDS, FAMILIES AND COVID-19 PANDEMIC PAIN POINTS AND THE URGENT NEED TO RESPOND

In the years after the Great Recession, data on children and families in America showed steady improvement in economic well-being, education and health, although progress in some areas had plateaued, and racial and ethnic disparities persisted. Then the coronavirus hit. The pandemic has claimed more than 281,000 lives as of the first week of December in the United States and millions worldwide, with a devastating toll on communities of color. It has isolated us from loved ones and caused widespread economic damage. Millions of Americans have lost their jobs and, with them, a reliable source of income, health care and a sense of stability. Many have weighed whether to risk their health by going to work to keep food on the table and head off foreclosure or eviction. And with schools going online and child care centers closing, parents have had to balance educating and caring for their children in unprecedented ways.

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