No Back to School? How Creative Employers Are Filling in the Care Gaps

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Labor Day is usually the dividing line between the summer that was, and the school year that will be.

This year it was just Monday—another day in what one parent described as a formless space of time.

“There’s no beginning and no end,” she told me. “Just a nefarious middle.”

She’s not alone. Parents around the country are treading their own nefarious middles, and have been since the pandemic turned them into hybrid employees/parents/teachers trying to do all things at the same time.
Many are thinking about cutting back on work; others are considering whether they should leave jobs entirely. The effects have been particularly disastrous for working women, with one (now an ex-employee) characterizing the effects on her career this way: “A few years ago, I was at the White House interviewing the First Lady,” she told Fast Company’s Pavithra Mohan, “and now…

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