More people are heading back to work. So who's watching the kids?

A mom and her baby.
Shelly DeWees says extra federal unemployment benefits helped pay for child care so she could take her 1-year-old son Ozzy, who has cerebral palsy, to medical appointments. DeWees, of South St. Paul, was furloughed from her part-time marketing job in March.
Courtesy of Shelly DeWees file

More people are headed back to work in person — but with COVID-19 cases on the rise in Minnesota, there are plenty of health implications.

To top it off, many school districts are in the process of deciding how they'll resume instruction in the fall. With more parents back to work, and child care a scarce commodity even before the pandemic, some families are scrambling to figure out who will watch their children if they're not in a classroom full-time.

MPR News host Angela Davis talks with two experts about Minnesota’s workers and their children.


  • Ann McCully is the executive director of Child Care Aware of Minnesota.

  • Rob Grunewald is an economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.

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