NEW JERSEY — A study is finding more New Jersey parents are being forced to leave work and stay home to provide childcare for their toddlers amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Fairleigh Dickinson University Poll conducted a survey of more than 900 parents of infants and toddlers in August with support from The Nicholson Foundation. The poll focused on the situations parents with toddlers have been dealing with in regards to the coronavirus pandemic.
Since the state reopened child care on June 15, the study found that 38 percent of New Jersey parents with children under 3 years old — predominantly women — were driven out of the workforce due to COVID-19 and reduced affordable quality child care options.
More Hispanic (53 percent) and Black (41 percent) families report their child care costs have increased when compared to that of non-Hispanic White families (31 percent).
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