As States Reopen, Working Parents May Struggle With Childcare Options

Economist Joseph Vavra says millions of working parents will struggle to return to work if childcare options remain closed.

The U.S. economy shrank in the first quarter, as the coronavirus lockdown began. The April-to-June quarter is expected to be worse.
The U.S. economy shrank in the first quarter, as the coronavirus lockdown began. The April-to-June quarter is expected to be worse.
The U.S. economy shrank in the first quarter, as the coronavirus lockdown began. The April-to-June quarter is expected to be worse.
The U.S. economy shrank in the first quarter, as the coronavirus lockdown began. The April-to-June quarter is expected to be worse.

As States Reopen, Working Parents May Struggle With Childcare Options

Economist Joseph Vavra says millions of working parents will struggle to return to work if childcare options remain closed.

Fears over the cratering economy have prompted some states to begin to relax stay-at-home orders and re-open businesses.

But new research out of the University of Chicago highlights what could be a major impediment to an economic renaissance: Millions of working parents will struggle to return to work if childcare options remain closed.

Reset takes a closer look at the economic impact of COVID-19 and the challenges of gradually reopening the U.S. economy.

GUEST: Joseph Vavra, economist at the University of Chicago