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Leaning in with Child Care: A Discussion on Childcare Jobs and the Need for Quality, Affordable Care
On Thursday, May 9th, the Aspen Institute’s Economic Opportunities Program hosted a discussion called “Leaning in with Child Care: A Discussion on Childcare Jobs and the Need for Quality, Affordable Care.” Speakers explored ideas and policies to lessen the challenges facing parents, and specifically the 65% of American mothers of young children who work, in accessing quality, affordable child care. A key issue is the need to improve the quality of childcare jobs, which typically offer low wages and no benefits, in order to improve the quality of care for millions of American children. This discussion was the second event in the series Working in America, which focuses on ideas and policies to improve economic opportunities for American workers.
Panelists included Helen Blank, Director of Child Care and Early Learning, National Women’s Law Center; Susan Brenner, Senior Vice President of Education, Bright Horizons Family Solutions; Denise Dowell, Director Early Learning and Care Programs, CSEA; and Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Executive Director, CEO, and Co-Founder, MomsRising. The event was moderated by Catherine Rampell, Founding Editor of the Economix blog and Reporter, The New York Times.