Maybe: scientifically, yes; logistically, maybe. Many parents’ workdays start at 8:30 or 9:00am so it makes logisticsl sense to have kids’ schedules match. Of course, not all parents’ jobs are on that schedule and it eould be interesting to see that data. Switching jobs is difficult and, despite the (somewhat flawed) jobs numbers, the job market sucks and we’re spiralling towards another 2008, maybe worse. Also, the “talent gap” is a lie - just ask any talented job seeker. Parents can’t just switch jobs to accommodate a changed school schedule. Older kids (~10+) can be home alone and ~12+ can watch younger siblings at home after and/or before school. Daycare for younger kids who don’t have an older sibling living at home is costly (and parents today are less likely to have older siblings watch younger ones). The text on Countable mentions “drive their kids” - many urban parents don’t have cars and many kids take the bus (more should walk but that’s a different discussion).
Signed, no kids & born in the mid-1970’s.