8 trends in employer support for the childcare crisis

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The statistics surround the growing childcare crisis are sobering: Nearly half of working American parents have lost the childcare arrangement they had before COVID-19—and about half of Americans had already lived in what’s termed a “childcare desert,” where care is hard to come by. Working women are handling nearly 70% of childcare responsibilities during business hours, and nearly 75% of parents juggling work and childcare report higher anxiety levels.

The numbers are bleeding into the (virtual) workplace: In one employer survey cited by Bright Horizons, the nation’s largest provider of employer-sponsored childcare,

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