How a year of COVID influences views on start of school

COVID influences families' back-to-school worries

Over half of parents say at least one aspect of the 2020-21 school year was worse for their child than the prior year, while 1 in 3 say at least one aspect was better. 4 in 10 parents say their child is more enthusiastic about the 2021-22 school year than last year. 3 in 5 parents say their child would feel safer if more students and teachers were vaccinated against COVID.

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More parent-provider communication about COVID vaccine needed

Parents split on whether to vaccinate younger kids against COVID

3 in 4 parents say the recommendation of their child’s healthcare provider will be important to their COVID vaccine decision. A doctor’s office is the most preferred vaccination location for parents of children who have not received a COVID vaccine. Fewer lower-income than higher-income parents say they are likely to have their child get a COVID vaccine.

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Milestones: How parents understand child development

1 in 4 parents worry their infant or toddler is behind in developmental milestones

Nearly 1 in 4 parents say they have worried their child was or might be delayed in their milestones. Among parents who suspected their child was behind in their milestones, nearly 1 in 5 did not seek advice from a healthcare or childcare provider. 9 in 10 parents are either confident or very confident they know when their children should achieve most of their milestones.

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Virtual visits for kids

More kids seeing doctors virtually but some parents remain hesitant

1 in 5 parents report their child had a virtual healthcare visit during the pandemic. Lower-income parents have more concerns about technical problems related to virtual care. Parents are more comfortable with virtual visits for mental health or minor illness than for check-ups.

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