The pandemic has impacted children, families, and the regional workforce, amplifying the challenges that kids and working parents face.

A year ago, women outnumbered men in the U.S. workforce. More recently, however, they accounted for 100 percent – 140,000 – of jobs lost in December 2020.

“Parents absolutely rely on childcare – on affordable, accessible childcare – so that they can go into the workforce, so that they can get to work,” shared Katie Rast, Director of Community Impact at The San Diego Foundation.

Recent studies found that in the last year children between the ages of 3 and 5 have lost important learning and developmental opportunities affecting school readiness due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In some cases, children and families need even more support to prevent or mitigate trauma.

It’s no surprise that the first few years of a child’s life are critical for learning and future success.

For the fourth installment of our Enabling Community Solutions webinar series, local experts examined the interconnectedness of learning, health, family and community, and the impact on a child’s life and future achievements.

Speakers and local experts included:

  • Pradeep Gidwani, MD, MPH, Medical Director, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Alethea Arguilez, Executive Director, First 5 San Diego, San Diego County
  • Katie Rast, Director, Community Impact, The San Diego Foundation

Our Senior Director of Donor and Community Engagement Katie Sawyer moderated this informative learning experience. View the webinar and share your thoughts or questions in the comments below.