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The State Of Families During COVID-19

The State of Families During COVID-19

Families are under an extraordinary amount of pressure right now. The daily disruptions of COVID-19 are having a substantial negative impact on the physical and mental well-being of parents and their children across the country. Families are particularly affected by stressors stemming from changes in work, school, and daycare schedules that are impacting finances and access to community support networks. How does this impact families with young children now and into the future?

Watch the video below for this revealing look at the effects of COVID-19 on caregivers, school providers, and children from the perspective of two KPCC early childhood leaders working to bring these issues to light.

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Mariana Dale (she/her) covers early childhood education for KPCC and Her goal is that families, caregivers and educators have the information they need to help children 0-5 grow and thrive. She tells stories that highlight what’s working and identify what’s not in California’s early childhood system. Mariana spent most of her life in Arizona and worked at newspapers and public radio stations in Tucson and Phoenix. She helped lead KJZZ’s National Edward R. Murrow Award-winning coverage of Arizona’s 2018 teacher strike. She mentors aspiring journalists through NPR’s Next Generation Radio Project. Follow our early childhood reporting at

Mariana’s Twitter: @mariana_dale

KPCC/LAist Twitter: @KPCC @LAist

Mariana’s Instagram: @Marianadalereports

KPCC/LAist Instagram: @LAistpics @KPCC

Nubia Perez (she/her) is an assistant producer for early childhood engagement. She started at KPCC in January 2020 as an intern. Throughout her internship, she worked on various engagement projects that included Voter Game Plan, researching and answering coronavirus-related questions, and helping to launch Parenting, Unfiltered, a participatory photo project showcasing families’ experiences throughout Southern California. Her goal is to shine light on the stories of caregivers, parents and early learning. Follow our engagement work at

Twitter: @Nubia_Perez12

KPCC/LAist Twitter: @KPCC @LAist

KPCC/LAist Instagram: @LAistpics @KPCC

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