Coronavirus child care pinch in U.S. poses threat to economic gains of working women

By Jonnelle Marte and Rachel Dissell

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Most days, Zora Pannell works from her dining room table, sitting in front of her computer, turning off the video on Zoom calls to nurse her one-year-old daughter, Savannah.

Pannell has balanced working from home and caring for her daughter and son Timothy, aged 2, since March when she started a new job as a manager for a language services company the same week that Ohio issued a “stay at home” order to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Working from home is an exhausting daily juggle but she’s more worried about being told it’s time to return to the office. Her husband cannot watch the children during the day because he has a job at a local steel mill and the couple have been unable to find a daycare center they deemed safe and affordable close to their Shaker Heights

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Man attempts to kidnap child from hotel room

The sheriff’s office say the mother and her child were unharmed during the attempt.

TAMPA, Fla. — A child is safe after deputies say a man tried to kidnap them from a hotel room Sunday.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office says it received a 911 call from the child’s mother around 9:41 a.m. telling the operator an unknown Hispanic man entered her Tampa hotel room and tried to take her child

Deputies say that man is 24-year-old Gabriel Martin. 

According to a news release, Martin picked up the child in front of the mother, but she was able to get her child from Martin before he took off.

That’s when the sheriff’s office says she escaped with her child and dialed 911 while Martin took off. 

Deputies were able to find Martin hiding in the shrubs of a nearby business park and arrested him.

The mother and child were not

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Man, 24, arrested after trying to kidnap child from Tampa hotel room, police said

TAMPA — A 24-year-old man is in jail after the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said he attempted to kidnap a child from a hotel room Sunday morning.

The child’s mother called authorities at 9:41 a.m., saying that a man unknown to her had come into her hotel room and picked up her child. Police later identified the man as Gabriel Martin of Bradenton.

The mother was able to gain control of the child, and Martin fled on foot as she called for help, the Sheriff’s Office said. Martin was found hiding in the shrubs of a nearby business park, where he was arrested.

“Thankfully, the mother and child were not hurt during the course of this incident,” Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a statement. “As a parent myself, I can’t imagine the fear this mother was in when the suspect tried to take her child away from her.”


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New York City says child care will be available for 100K children in the fall as schools partially reopen

New York City plans to provide child care for 100,000 children once its schools partially reopen in the fall with the goal of expanding that capacity even further during the school year, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday.

New York’s schools have preliminary plans for a “blended learning” approach for its 1.1 million students, relying on a combination of in-person and remote learning beginning in September. With the current hybrid plan, most students would be inside their physical schools just two or three days a week as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

The new child care capacity will be available to parents on the days that a child’s school is remote and “regardless of ability to pay,” de Blasio and other city officials said Thursday when announcing the plan.

“We’ve got to give more ability to parents who need to get back to work …child care will make all the difference

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TikTok is breeding a new batch of child stars. Psychologists say what comes next won’t be pretty.

Psychologists warn that outsized social media fame may pose longterm problems for the kids who have become celebrities online.
Psychologists warn that outsized social media fame may pose longterm problems for the kids who have become celebrities online.

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  • The biggest stars of 2020 are kids who have gone viral on social media. 

  • Experts say these young influencers are even more at risk for developing problems than previous generations of child stars, as their lives are constantly broadcast (and observed by) millions worldwide. 

  • With social media, people have become obsessed with their own visibility. Whether they’re aware of it or not, influencers are constantly fighting to be seen and battling that “threat of invisibility,” said Ciarán Mc Mahon, PhD, the author of “The Psychology of Social Media.”

  • Child stars often become addicted to fame, and thousands of influencers fighting for attention may be extremely disappointed when they are one day unable to keep it up. 

  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

In 1968, Andy Warhol predicted that in

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20 Virtual Summer Camps to Keep Your Child Busy When the Days Are Long

When school lets out for summer, the excitement is palpable…there’s no homework, so much ice cream and, of course, camp! But what to do if Covid-19 has closed down the camps in your neck of the woods? Fear not: There’s a Zoom for that. (And some of them are actually pretty innovative and pretty adept at keeping your children active.) Read on for our roundup of virtual summer camps, which offer something to keep every type of child entertained this (long, long) season.

1. Varsity Tutors

These week-long camp sessions allow parents and kids to test the waters of virtual summer camp before diving into a longer commitment. Varsity Tutors boasts a large staff of expert instructors with experience in a wide range of subjects—ranging from uproarious improv games for little ones to mathematical research for the highschool set—and live, interactive learning (i.e., new summer camp friends) is part of

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