When: Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. EDT
What: The COVID-19 recession has highlighted the critical importance of access to paid leave and to child care for households, businesses, and the broader economy. For those without access to paid leave and child care — more often low-income families, part-time workers, and single parents — evidence from before and during the pandemic points to worse health and education outcomes, enormous strain on financial resources, and reduced participation in the labor force. New commitments to make paid family and medical leave and high-quality child care accessible and affordable will be required to ensure our nation's economic recovery is broadly shared.
On Wednesday, May 12, 2021, The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution will host a webcast examining reforms to federal policies around paid family and sick leave and early childhood education and care. The webcast will feature framing remarks by U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo.
The webcast will also include a roundtable discussion with: Elizabeth Davis, professor, applied economics, University of Minnesota; Elena Spatoulas Patel, assistant professor of finance, University of Utah; C. Nicole Mason, president and CEO, Institute for Women’s Policy Research; and Michael Strain, director, Economic Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute. The discussion will be moderated by Wendy Edelberg, director, The Hamilton Project.
The webcast event will coincide with the release of two new Hamilton Project policy proposals that examine policy options to expand access to high-quality affordable child care and to increase paid family and sick leave coverage for all workers.