COVID-19 Job and Income Loss Jeopardize Child Well-Being: Income Support Policies Can Help.
SRCD Child Evidence Brief ; no. 9
Gassman-Pines, Anna. Gennetian, Lisa A.
Society for Research in Child Development.
Published: December 2020
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Within just the first three months of the COVID-19 financial fallout, one in five children in the United States experienced the job loss of an adult in their household. As the pandemic continues and the challenges of job and income recovery persist, families will continue to face unprecedented economic uncertainty. The burdens of job loss and continued economic uncertainty are felt by a wide range of families, though they are especially elevated among lower-income households and families of color. COVID-19-driven increases in job loss, income instability, and resulting strains on housing and food security are impairing child and family wellbeing. Temporary policy supports – such as stimulus checks, expanded Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits, rent moratoriums, and expanded food programs – helped stem these losses and protect children. Yet, burdensome distribution mechanisms and the temporary nature of such benefits limited their reach. As policy supports expire, economic harm is growing. Renewal and reinstatement of economic supports will reduce the stress of economic uncertainty, help financially stabilize families, and enhance parents’ capacity to support their children’s development. (Author abstract)
COVID-19; DISASTER RESPONSE; UNEMPLOYMENT; SOCIAL PROBLEMS; FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE; LOW INCOME FAMILIES; CULTURAL DISADVANTAGE; ECONOMIC SELF SUFFICIENCY; WELL BEING