As the school year starts again, parents across the country are concerned with finding reliable, safe and affordable child care. But with the presidential elections in full swing, neither President Obama nor Governor Romney has made much mention of child care or early learning.
Discussions of the economy have dominated the political landscape, discounting the critical role that child care plays in supporting working parents. But many voters are parents, and all Americans have a vested interest in a high-quality, effective early learning infrastructure, especially for disadvantaged children. So what should the presidential candidates be saying about child care and early education?
Join the New America Foundation for a discussion of early learning politics and policy next week on September 27 from 12:30-2:00 PM. The event will be moderated by David Gray, director of New America’s Workforce and Family Program, whose recent Huffington Post blog, “Child Care Missing From Party Platforms,” provides more context on this issue. Participants include:
- Lisa Guernsey, director of the New America Foundation’s Early Education Initiative;
- Grace Reef, chief of Policy and Evaluation for Child Care Aware® of America (formerly NACCRRA);
- Christopher Toppings, Legislative Assistant in the office of Senator Richard Burr (R-NC)
- Robert H. Dugger, chairman of the ReadyNation Advisory Board and of the Invest in Kids Working Group; and
- Helen Blank, director of Leadership and Public Policy for the National Women’s Law Center.
We look forward to seeing you at the event. Register now. (Video of the event will also be available on the registration page.)