Monroe County, N.Y. — After nearly two years since the first COVID case was reported in Monroe County, many families are still struggling.
The Children’s Agenda conducted a first-of-its-kind poll of Monroe County parents. The responses from 400 parents countywide identified issues their children and families are facing and solutions they support.
The survey identified three areas of greatest concern to parents:
The findings will be used to advocate for systemic supports that will help ensure children and families thrive as our community recovers from the pandemic.
“I think systemically changes to support families as a whole will help us will help us through anything in the future and certainly make up for what we have lost during this pandemic for children and families, whether it is mental health supports, child care supports, developmental services supports, academic supports,” said Kimberly Dooher, suburban parent and a leader of Parents Helping Parents of Monroe County
The Agenda mentions these concerns are widespread throughout the county, in both urban and suburban communities.
Parents in the city of Rochester are additionally concerned about neighborhood safety with 4 out of 10 saying that improving the safety of their neighborhood is one of the most important issues to address, according to the survey.
“We need to work on the whole child, the whole family, the whole community,” said Dooher.
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The Children’s Agenda advocates for effective policies and drives evidenced-based solutions for the health, education and success of children. We are especially committed to children who are vulnerable because of poverty, racism, health inequities and trauma.