The coronavirus outbreak has changed the way many Americans work, and for employed parents in particular, the pandemic has brought additional challenges as many schools and child care facilities remain closed.

Over the course of the pandemic, there has been an increase in the share of working parents who say it is difficult to handle child care responsibilities. And many working parents have experienced professional challenges while trying to balance their work and family responsibilities, according to a survey conducted in October.

Overall, about half of employed parents with children younger than 12 say it has been difficult to handle child care responsibilities during the pandemic, up from 38% who said this in March 2020. Working mothers are more likely than working fathers to say it’s been difficult to handle child care, and that it’s been harder to balance work and family.