Parents who work outside the home have always faced challenges finding high-quality, affordable child care that meets their needs. But the COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating consequences for the child care industry and parents’ attachment to the labor force. Closures or service reductions in child care programs, concerns about the spread of COVID-19 in child care settings, and a lack of supports constrained parents’ abilities to work or advance their careers and, in some cases, forced parents out of the labor force entirely.
What are the long-term implications of child care challenges for workers, families, and the economy? How have these challenges exacerbated labor market inequalities and barriers to upward mobility? What solutions are needed for families and the economy to thrive, and what role should public policy, employer practices, and advocacy play in providing them? Addressing these challenges has become urgent not only for parents and family advocates but for business and labor advocates as well.
Join WorkRise as we explore these critical questions and fixes through a dynamic convening of experts across the research, policy, business, and advocacy communities. We’ll provide clarity and context through data, insights, and perspectives from the field.