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Pandemic, child care issues remain stressors for some Ohio parents, poll finds (Fox19 Cincinnati)

By Andrea Finney

A recent survey from Groundwork Ohio found the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing childcare crisis remain major sources of stress for parents of children under the age of five.

Groundwork Ohio said these parents rely on access to affordable, quality childcare to work.

The organization’s recent polling illustrates parents and caregivers of children under the age of five are “stuck in a grueling limbo” and have hit their “pandemic rock bottom.”

In December, Groundwork Ohio released a statewide poll showing that Ohio parents with children under the age of five are under immense pressure, and it is causing challenges at home and at work.

The poll, conducted by Public Opinion Strategies, found that nearly half of Ohio parents with children under the age of five (47%) have had serious problems meeting work or family responsibilities, serious problems affording childcare or serious problems with child care that have impacted their work in recent months.

Additionally, the statewide survey revealed that the pandemic has taken a toll on the mental health of parents and their young children.


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