Report: Over 40% of homes in Buffalo area might not have parents to watch kids learning from home

Posted at 3:04 AM, Aug 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-20 03:04:45-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A new report says that over 40 percent of homes Buffalo metropolitan area with kids under the age of 14, might not have a parent at home to watch them when school starts.

The report found that of the homes in the Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls metropolitan area with kids under 14, 41.5 percent might be left home alone if they're doing school work remotely.

This after the Buffalo Board of Education unanimously approved a "remote only" recommendation to start the school year by Superintendent Kriner Cash during a virtual meeting on Wednesday night.

The report looked at 53 large metropolitan areas (areas with at least 1 million people) with the Buffalo area having the 30th highest percentage.

Here's a summary of the data for the Buffalo area

  • Share of households without a parent to watch the kids: 41.5%
  • Married-couple households with both parents working: 24,918
  • Single-parent households with a working parent: 9,708
  • Total households with kids under 14: 83,453
  • Average number of kids under 14 per household: 1.8

Of the large metros in the northeast, Buffalo had the sixth-highest percentage of households without a parent to watch the kids, behind Baltimore, Washington, Philadelphia, Hartford, Conn., and Boston.

You can read the full report here.