Understanding Low-Income Families’ Experiences with COVID-19


Parents’ decisions are even more important during the COVID pandemic as families and preschools are facing new challenges in supporting children’s learning and wellbeing.

The BIP Lab has leveraged several existing studies with families in Chicago to learn more about their experiences during the COVID pandemic. We’ve also capitalized on our relationships with preschool directors to understand how preschools are supporting children’s learning. The pandemic has also highlighted the importance of technology and spurred us to identify its role in children’s learning.


The COVID-19 Survey: Parents





The COVID-19 Survey: Preschools




The COVID-19 Survey: Parents

We administered a survey on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on families with preschool children in the Chicago area with a focus on the effects on parents’ investments in their children’s skill development during school closures.

For more information please see link below:

The COVID-19 Survey Research Findings

The COVID-19 Survey: Preschools

We administered a survey to preschool directors to assess the supports they provided to families during the pandemic.

Flash Facts

Becker Friedman Institute Research Brief 

Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis on Family Dynamics and the Education Gradient in Maternal Enjoyment of Time in Childcare


The New York Times

When Parents Lose Their Jobs, Their Children Also Suffer. But Sometimes There’s a Consolation

The Economist 

Measuring Poverty in the Midst of America’s Covid-19 Pandemic


Brookings Institution

COVID-19 Could Erase Parenting Gains of the Last 30 Years


Becker Friedman Institute Working Paper

Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis on Family Dynamics in Economically Vulnerable Households


Hechinger Report

How technology can help parents communicate with preschoolers


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