‘The choice was made for me’: What Losing work in the pandemic cost 15 mothers

Da’Chante Bowers, 28, had also been on a path out of poverty. The single mother of Victory, 4, Ms. Bowers was attending community college. Last fall, she was accepted to the University of California, Irvine, her “dream school.” But three weeks into the semester, she had to drop out — Victory was too young to attend preschool online. … Ms. Bowers re-enrolled this spring, and her father helps watch Victory when she has class. “Being on the path I wanted to be on, I’ve worked so hard to get there, and for it to come to such a halt, it’s mind-boggling,” she said. “I think that’s the best way I could describe it without getting too emotional.”