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The COVID-19 pandemic upended life for countless families and brought heightened attention to the plight of working parents. Mothers with young and school-aged children have borne the brunt of the care crisis in the United States, as schools and daycare centers across the country closed. Compared to fathers, mothers have been more likely to exit the labor force prematurely, become unemployed, and reduce their work hours during the pandemic. With a focus on young parents aged 18 to 29 living with their own children, this brief aims to capture how young parents have fared during the COVID-19 pandemic and how their experiences vary by gender and marital or cohabitation status.