Childcare can be more expensive than college. And with the majority of working moms earning less than $30,000 a year, too many low and middle-income families struggle to afford this basic work expense or to find quality early learning environments to help their children thrive. This shortage of affordable, high-quality pre-K and childcare slots carries consequences for women and families’ economic security today and children’s economic opportunity tomorrow.
As we prepare to celebrate Mother’s Day, join the Center for American Progress for a lively discussion on the importance of investing in pre-K and early learning, and how a national plan to expand early education would benefit moms, kids, and businesses.
Winnie Stachelberg, Executive Vice President for External Affairs, Center for American Progress
Susan Armstead, Mother of Three, Roane County, West Virginia
Jonathan Cohn, Senior Editor, The New Republic
Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Executive Director, Moms Rising
Miriam Calderon, Former Senior Policy Advisor for Early Learning, White House Domestic Policy Council and US Dept of Health and Human Services
Leslie Barron, Program Manager for Federal Consulting Inclusion, Deloitte Consulting LLC
Carmel Martin, Executive Vice President for Policy, Center for American Progress