“We Live One Day at a Time”: Families’ Stories from the Early Months of the COVID-19 Pandemic

This brief describes the experiences of nine families with low incomes and their children during the first six months of the COVID-19 pandemic, from March through September 2020. The research was conducted by interviews with 9 adults from three major U.S. cities in September 2020. Its key findings were that families experienced a sense of uncertainty and constant, unpredictable change in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Further, as the pandemic evolved, the multiple life fluctuations it caused significantly affected their economic circumstances and emotional well-being.

Record Type: 
Research-To-Practice Brief
Publication Date: 
July, 2022
July 2022
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