The Squeeze on Parents

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Yaminette Diaz-Linhart, parent:

It’s just too much, I can’t do it.

David Linhart, parent:

Feeling security—I don’t really know what that feels like.

NARRATOR: Parents and caregivers are scrambling to fulfill their responsibilities in a society that’s unresponsive to family needs.

john a. powell, Director, Haas Institute for a Fair & Inclusive Society, UC Berkeley:

We’ve made public problems into private problems, without resources. So you have to fix everything yourself.

Elizabeth Wright, parent:

Funding was cut. We had to cut two or three classrooms.

john a. powell:

And so we have parents who are strapped for time, for money, for resources.

Milton McCabe, a parent:

My position was transferred overseas. We didn’t have any income. That’s any parent’s worst nightmare.