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Supporting Parents: The Case for Investing in Childcare

May 10, 2013

As we celebrate Mother’s Day, the Institute’s Economic Opportunities Program brings in to focus working mothers. A recent program tackles the importance of a childcare system that makes it possible for parents to earn a living while ensuring secure, quality care for their children. 

But why is investing in early education and child care, especially for children of low-wage workers, important? President Barack Obama called for universal preschool at his State of the Union address this year, but in an age of economic sluggishness and austerity, is childcare where we prioritize our resources? On May 9, EOP, as part of its “Working in America” series, put together a panel of experts and advocates to discuss how we can have both an early care and education system that provides good jobs and quality, affordable care.

Watch this clip where one panelist Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, executive director, CEO, and co-founder of MomsRising, explains how the return on investment can benefit all American taxpayers and in turn reinvigorate the economy.

Read about the other panelists, watch the full discussion and be part of the conversation on Twitter with #childcarejobs.