A new National Women’s Law Center analysis of state and national data shows examines the particular challenges that parents working low-wage jobs face caring for their children, including affording quality child care.
A new issue brief from the National Women’s Law Center, “Collateral Damage: Scheduling Challenges for Workers in Low-wage Jobs and Their Consequences” describes the range of difficult work schedules facing workers in low-wage jobs—lack of control over the timing of work hours, schedules that are assigned at the last minute, hours that fluctuate radically from week to week or month to month, involuntary part-time work, and nonstandard schedules. The issue brief explains the extent of these problems and their particular impact on women, who make up the majority of low-wage workers and also shoulder a disproportionate share of caregiving responsibilities. The issue brief also documents the fallout from challenging work schedules for workers and their families.
A total of 23 governors (13 Democrats and 10 Republicans), as well as the mayor of the District of Columbia, have referenced early care and education in their 2014 State of the State addresses thus far. The focus on this important issue reflects a recognition that early care and education helps children succeed in school and in life, enables parents to work, and strengthens states’ economies now and in the future.
This fact sheet summarizes new and proposed federal policies and initiatives that can support and improve early care and education for infants and toddlers. These initiatives are important given how critical the earliest years are to young children’s development and future success.
In September, the House and Senate reached a bipartisan agreement on a bill reauthorizing the Child Care and Development Block Grant and the House voted to approve it. The Senate is scheduled to vote on the measure on November 13 when they return from the recess.
Recognizing that when women succeed, their families and the economy prosper, some legislative leaders are taking action to create opportunities for women in the workplace. The National Women’s Law Center applauds these efforts because investment in women’s economic security is vital for women and their families.
On September 5, 2014, national organizations sent sign-on letters to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell, and Director of the Office of Management and Budget Shaun Donovan in support of increasing funding for early childhood programs in the FY 2016 budget period.
Similar to last year's Chutes & Ladders event, this year to illustrate the importance of prioritizing investments in early learning, advocates, Administration officials, and members of Congress will be playing with GIANT building blocks on Capitol Hill!