The National Women's Law Center's 10th annual review of key child care subsidy policies in all fifty states and the District of Columbia reveals that families were better off in 27 states than they were in 2012 under one or more child care assistance policies, while families were worse off in 24 states than they were in 2012 under one or more child care assistance policies.
When workers need to take time away from work to care for their families or for their own illnesses, few have access to employer-provided paid family leave. As a result, workers who take time off often face a significant loss of income. This fact sheet explains how the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act (FAMILY Act) would solve this problem by providing partial wage replacement for up to twelve weeks to workers to address a serious health condition, care for a sick family member, or care for a newborn, newly-adopted child, or newly-placed foster child.
The House-passed Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program bill (H.R. 3102) includes deep funding cuts and harmful policy changes to SNAP that would cut off access to critical nutrition assistance for millions of vulnerable Americans.
On this call, CLASP, FFYF, NAEYC and NWLC provided the details of the recently introduced Strong Start for Children Act, an update on federal budget negotiations, and current developments in early childhood at the federal level.