Single parents struggle to home-school and work as their support systems disappear

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By Samantha Schmidt and Tara Bahrampour

Many raising children on their own are worried what might happen to their kids if mom or dad gets the coronavirus

A significant portion of nurses, home-health aides and other providers who must continue to go to work are single mothers who risk exposure to the coronavirus, said C. Nicole Mason, president and chief executive of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research and a single mother of 10-year-old twins.

“We know they are working around the clock,” she said. “What’s happening to the children, especially the children who are left at home?”

Equally concerning, Mason said, are the single parents who are now unemployed because of the pandemic. The closures of restaurants, stores, day-care centers and schools also meant the loss of jobs.

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