Webinar

Child Care and the Economy

COVID-19 has catapulted the childcare crisis into the public discourse by highlighting the glaring racial and gender inequities associated with the lack of accessible and affordable child care and exposed a multi-pronged emergency — massive temporary and permanent lay-offs for low-wage childcare workers (who tend to be Black, Brown and immigrant women); pending closures of family based child care businesses; and long-term economic consequences for women who must leave the workforce due to the loss of child care supports. These consequences not only impact women’s economic health but also the longer-term financial health of their families.

While there are ambitious plans by the Democratic presidential candidate to address this critical issue on a federal level, we must better understand:

  • Why child care is a racial and gender equity issue;
  • How this crisis impacts the short and long-term economic security of families;
  • Solutions which address the structural and systemic issues impacting affordable and accessible child care;
  • The opportunity for funders to supporting the longer-term financial health of families through accessible and affordable child care;
  • Supporting child care as a critical small business sector

We hope you will join us for this important conversation to better understand that child care is not a personal issue nor a women’s issue. It is an economic issue that must be addressed to realize a more equitable and inclusive society.

Speakers include:

Dena Jackson, Moderator, The Texas Women’s Foundation
Lea Austin, UC Berkeley Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Shana Bartley, National Women’s Law Center
Jerletha McDonald, ADFW Childcare Professionals

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