Innovation, Family-Style

June 18, 2018  • Institute Staff

The unemployment rate is lower than it has been for decades, and working parents are a key reason why. Almost half of all children today are raised in households in which each parent works full-time—about twice the 1968 rate. Families, then, must continue to thrive. In February, the Institute’s Ascend program launched the Aspen Family Prosperity Innovation Community, composed of a group of talented leaders who will reimagine US policies to ensure that they do. This initiative, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will develop strategies that strengthen employment options, economic security, and health and well-being. For example, the Innovation Community will focus on supports, such as paid family leave, childcare programs, lactation facilities, flexible work schedules, on-the-job training, and transportation vouchers. In addition to policy experts, parents will share their perspectives with the group.