As COVID-19 has a case of Catch-22 children for working families created

As COVID-19 has a case of Catch-22 children for working families created

Tamela Crouch never thought to worry about the care of children are again would. But when his adult daughter from complications of heart infection in 2014 died, Crouch moved to Montana, to increase aid toddler granddaughter with each of their fathers. Suddenly approached 50 Crouch was plunged back into a world of car seats, cartoons and logistics education of children. Finally, the multi-family home overlooks a calendar of each supervised by three adults allowed to take the kids and keep working. If COVID-19 hit and day care closed the girl, initially managed family. The casino where Crouch has also worked with the shutters so that he saw her nephew while their fathers continue to go to their place of essential work. Then Crouch was asked to work May 11-one month ago open again in front of the child care facility only convenient, it was able to find together. “If you send them to a private stock, you are looking for $1,000 for a week,” Crouch says, “and we can not do it.” As members recall loosen jobs and businesses their workers, stay-at-home for families across the nation are found in a similar bind. still closed in most kindergartens, schools and summer camps, how can health workers get back to work? And if you do not go to work, as they perform alternative forms of child care, so they can finally that? It ‘a dilemma that society is sick. US companies have been beaten COVID-19 to lose billions of dollars each year if the employee can not report because of failures in child care at work. The federal government has introduced a number of stopgap measures, and a tip factor for a while ‘to do. It is signed on March 27, the President Donald Trump $600 per week in additional legislation unemployment benefits laid-off workers, but money is set to expire in July. A week earlier, Congress approved a temporary health benefits and family leave for up to a couple of employees up to 12 weeks paid for providing two-thirds of their salaries. But companies with more than 500 employees excluded from the mandate, and companies with fewer than 50 can apply for a derogation. That is, leave more than 59 million Americans, including Crouch, revealed by this government leave. Cristina Guajardo, a single 43-year-old mother lives in Austin, you will not get the time off even paid for. He was going recently allowed for a company of their work, the study programs performed abroad. The costs accumulate, but can not get a new job until her two years of subsidized day care start reopening. “I heard a couple of jobs that are those who would pay really good,” he says. “But there is no possible way.” Stay up to date on the growing threat to global health, by signing up for our daily newsletter crown. The strains of the pandemic have only exposed the cracks in the American system of child care unstructured, experts say. The families pay an average of $9,167 a year per child for day care, while the average wage for people in these facilities operate only $11.65 per hour. The average cost of full-time care for infants than for higher education in 33 states, according to the left-wing think tank New America. In comparison, Sweden subsidized day care so that parents never have to pay $150 more a month and France work concerns fixed-day government-run on a sliding scale. “I think that the crisis calls for a complete re-examination of the lattice support American child,” says Elliot coil system, author of crawling behind: the crisis of child care for America and how to fix it. Before COVID-19, says, “The system was so fragile that a stiff wind would have knocked. Now we have this hurricane has completely destroyed.” While the US has some steps to help parents at this time unprecedented picked up, other countries have followed aggressively. Italy has offered families € 600 ($650) cures are compensated at no extra charge. Australia pays to keep 13,000 open day care centers and parents who work to use them for free. Norway and Denmark have approved primary schools and service centers open day in April again. not all of these solutions in the US work, which is still very much in control of the largest COVID-19 outbreak of the world. Without direct coordination of the Federal Government, States individually guarantee protocols, ie some areas without full access to child care to be able to come for weeks or months. Some were allowed to remain daily treatment with fewer children open, while other services have permission to open its doors to children’s personal need. Meanwhile, a number of companies -accommodating their employees working their schedules transition from home or their families adapt to new requirements. But only a few months into the pandemic, there are already signs that COVID-19 is worse for parents and mothers make work in particular. Layoffs have so far concentrated in female-dominated areas, but no child care, struggling single mothers as Guajardo can take advantage of new opportunities. married women to suffer. You outearn their spouses male only 29% of the time, according to the Census Bureau. When families choose cuts parents are at work at home with the children, while schools are closed, the recession may be some women are the most obvious choice. In Montana, this is the decision that Crouch finally reached. With their employer, the reopening, but his patient grandchildren, felt no choice but to resign and stay home. E ‘unlikely that she is alone. Please send tips, leads and stories from the front to [email protected]
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