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.