This page provides a snapshot of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on parents/caregivers and their children under 18. Resources are provided to help pediatricians to better support families to promote positive childhood experiences.
People who care for children and families have seen the enormous changes to US family life as well as the adaptability and resilience that families have shown during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA), and Tufts Medical Center, surveyed 3000 parents and caregivers of children under the age of 18 in November 2020, March 2021, and July 2021 for a total of 9000 parents and caregivers. The survey measured the impact of the pandemic on family life, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), and positive childhood experiences.
Family Snapshots Video
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has policy statements and guidance on many of the topics covered in these reports including statements on child poverty, food insecurity, and family violence.
- Promoting Food Security for All Children
- Poverty and Child Health in the United States
- Interim Guidance on Supporting the Emotional and Behavioral Health Needs of Children, Adolescents, and Families During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Intimate Partner Violence: The Role of the Pediatrician
- Effective Discipline to Raise Healthy Children
- Preventing Toxic Stress: Partnering With Families and Communities to Promote Relational Health
Key Findings: Infographic Series
Video Case Vignette Series: Talking with Families About Stressors Exacerbated by the Pandemic
AAP Chapter Partnerships with Healthy Families America and Prevent Child Abuse America
In late 2022 through early 2023, 3 AAP Chapters engaged in projects to enhance collaboration among community organizations, to better support children and families.
Podcasts and Voices Blogs
Learn what others are saying. Listen to our podcasts and read our blog posts.
Keeping Kids Safe at Home During the Pandemic - Episode 6
In this bonus episode, hosts David Hill, MD FAAP, and Joanna Parga-Belinkie, MD, FAAP, talk to Ben Hoffman, MD, CPST-I ,FAAP, about keeping kids safe while they’re stuck at home during the pandemic. Hoffman is the chair of the AAP Council on Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention.
Pediatrics on Call|
August 4, 2020
This project was supported by the Cooperative Agreement Number, NU38OT000282, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The content of the reports does not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by the CDC, or the U.S. Government.