Struggling to Recover: The Impacts of COVID-19 on Southeast Louisiana Families with Young Children

In the first six months of the COVID-19 pandemic, families faced shifting education and care options for their children as K-12 schools largely remained closed until the fall and many child care providers closed or had reduced enrollment capacity due to public health requirements. Now, with schools reopened and child care provider capacity somewhat increased under revised COVID-19 related guidelines, education and care arrangements for children are beginning to stabilize.

To learn more about how Louisiana families with children under the age of 5 have been impacted by, and managed during, the COVID-19 pandemic, the Louisiana Policy Institute for Children, in partnership with Agenda for Children, Louisiana Department of Education, New Orleans Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, Urban League of Louisiana, and Women United of Southeast Louisiana, conducted a survey of Louisiana parents and guardians in the fall of 2020. These initial results are for the southeast region of Louisiana, with statewide results to follow.

This survey provides insights into the needs and challenges of families with young children in southeast Louisiana, many of whom are struggling as the COVID-19 pandemic endures.

The Challenges Facing Families with Young Children in Southeast Louisiana:

  • Families with young children continue to need child care to support parent employment or education, and parents must adjust schedules to fill child care gaps. 

  • The COVID-19 pandemic is taking a financial toll on families and increasing stress for parents.

  • Families are struggling to afford child care and basic necessities.