Home Alone: The Pandemic Is Overloading Single-parent Families

Many single parents are lonely and overwhelmed as they face the challenges of balancing work and raising families — alone.

UOregon CTN
Nov 11, 2020 · 10 min read

Key Findings

These findings show that targeted relief efforts are needed to provide support to single parents and their children during the pandemic.


The proportion of single-parent families in the United States has been increasing steadily in recent decades.

What do the survey data show?[1]

Put simply, the pandemic has widened the gap between the wellbeing of children in single-parent households and that of those living in other families.

Nearly twice as many single parents are struggling to pay for food, housing and utilities, and three times as many single parents report difficulty paying for childcare (33% vs. 11%).

Implications of these findings

If we want to support the health and well-being of households with young children during the pandemic, we must focus on the ability of families to pay for basic needs.


Additional Readings

About the project

Suggested citation

RAPID-EC Project

Rapid Assessment of Pandemic Impact on Development Early Childhood Household Survey Project