He's director of the Center for Child Health Policy at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville.
Physical distance requirements, he noted, resulted in total upheaval, with "abrupt closures of schools, child care, community programs and workplaces.
As a result, just over a quarter of parents said their mental health had deteriorated during the pandemic, and about 14% said their kids' behavioral health suffered.
Almost a quarter of parents said their pre-pandemic child care arrangements had evaporated.
And for families with children 5 years old or younger, nearly 39% experienced disruptions in child care.