Coronavirus Gives Moms Extra Challenges

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CITY COLLEGE — “Kids are going to fall behind so much,” said Daila Viteri. Ms. Viteri, a single mother, worries about the education of her nine-year-old, Elianna. “Their education is in our hands, and we are not qualified.”

The closure of New York City’s Public School System affected the lives of over one million students. With Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “New York State on Pause” executive order, parents struggle to balance parental and professional duties. The COVID-19 pandemic forced some parents to work from home, some into unemployment, and others to work long hours at essential businesses like hospitals, grocery stores, and banks.