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Apr 14, 2021
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Peijun Ma and her husband had to tag team in the early days of the pandemic, alternating their work in a research lab with time spent caring for their 6-year-old son whose school was closed because of the COVID-19 crisis.

Then in June, Ma's employer opened a child care center for staff.

"It's super important," says Ma, who previously had to wait for her husband to get home before heading to Broad Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she worked on her postdoctoral research until midnight. "We were able to send my son there so I could have regular work hours."

The facility was a temporary offering to help employees through the pandemic, and Ma's son is now back in school. But Ma says, "I really hope we can have that again this summer."
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