Supporting America's Families

Supporting America's Families

Please share your ideas about what employers can do to provide workers with the flexibility they need to balance work and family caregiving responsibilities.
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Childcare

Before you start bringing people back to work, you need to figure out schools and childcare. Parents cannot resume going to work if there is no one to take care of their kids. With summer nearly here that include summer camps and activities which some may have already suspended or put on hold. Groups like the YMCA, PJCC. Parks and Recreation Departments, scouting organizations and other on profits have either cancelled... more »

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(@libby.doggett) kudos icon +

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Businesses and government need to do more to support a high quality child care system

Businesses rely on workers many of whom have children. For too long we have ignored this fact and left families on their own to find full or part time care for their children. Businesses need to play a major part in assuring parents can find accessible, affordable high quality child care. This means family friendly business policies and child care support in the form of scholarships. High quality child care supports the... more »

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CHILD CARE COSTS CAN NEGATE MOST INCOME FOR AVERAGE AMERICAN: CHILDCARE SOLUTIONS Needed

Child care remains the single largest burden on working parents with young children. Expenses per child can range from several thousand for after care during the school year and nearly $10K or more for summer camp. Parents with children in day care year-round can pay upward of $25K per child, at least in NY.

Per TheStreet, the average US salary is $48,672 (https://www.thestreet.com/personal-finance/average-income-in-us-14852178).... more »

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Anticipate Absences

As schools reopen, it must be anticipated that children will be sent home for every slight symptom of illness. Businesses must anticipate that parents are going to have to stay home with children much more frequently in the coming year. Family Sick policies should be adjusted to permit working from home AND a work from home protocol should be established in anticipation of these types of sudden departures. To put it bluntly-... more »

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(@manongagnon) kudos icon +

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education

I'm a concerned single mother of three teenagers in high school. I am at work in the health care field 5 days a week and some Saturdays and I cannot be home with the kids to monitor their school work. The kids are not learning and they sleep quite a bit and are showing signs of depression. Returning to school needs to be done with restrictions. I propose less children per classroom as well as spacing them apart. Hand... more »

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Let's care for the children and their caregivers - parents and child care professionals.

Child care is essential for three main reasons:

1\. It provides care and education (builds brains) of the next generation of citizens, workers and community members.

2\. It provides care and education for little children so their parents can go to work.

3\. In and of itself it is a backbone to our economy, it is a large industry in and of itself and allows other businesses to employ workers.

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(@marianeglia111) kudos icon +

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Families First

Before opening businesses slowly and thoroughly American families need to have childcare in place and the assurance that they will be safe in the workforce. Without our families being cared for people cannot be expected to go to work in peace and without the proper protection in place to ensure people's safety you cannot expect people to go to work. And they should be celebrated for this not punished. Government should... more »

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(@hl1585) kudos icon +

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Subsidize babysitting costs

For families with essential workers, we should connect people from unemployment services that successfully pass background checks and have experience working with children, providing proper PPE. Simply connect the supply with demand. And maybe provide some extra cash in their unemployment check.

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Child Care Subsidies for Apprentices and Trainees

We should provide child care subsidies for parents who are in registered apprenticeships or certified job training for in-demand middle wage jobs when their family incomes are below living wage (see MIT living wage calculator) or about 300% of Federal Poverty Level.

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(@llkelsey559) kudos icon +

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School Safety

Families will be hesitant to send children back to school. Reassure students, families, and all school staff that daily temperature checks will be taken. Students will not be penalized for being sick. Staff will not lose jobs or wages for being sick. Stressing the health of the whole school community will keep us all safer.

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(@raypriya) kudos icon +

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Allow WFH solutions for families with children

DOL should require parents with children to work from home until they and their families can get vaccinated for Covid19. The DOL and tax authorities should also incentivize businesses to continue employees to work from home if their job allows it, as the overall impact on the environment is greatly reduced, in the form of fewer cars, smaller carbon footprint, less electricity usage, lesser use of resources in general... more »

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Safely Opening Childcare

When my center is cleared by the health department to reopen, we will need support, to be supplied with PPE and cleaning supplies to keep our employees safe.. we have started to develop protocols that all employees and families will follow. we want to assure we can financially support our center and will like to have as many children as possible in order to support our families.

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Supporting Children and Education

It is saddening to hear that many children do not have internet or computers at home to help them continue learning from a distance. When schools open up again, hopefully the classroom sizes will decrease and also students will be able to get computers or tablets to take home with them for schoolwork. If crowding is an issue, perhaps students can stagger the times they use different facilities at the school campus. Families... more »

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Daycare Issues

Many daycare facilities will not take children if their parents work for an organization that cares for individuals who are COVID-19 positive. We have lost several employees who had to resign because they could not find affordable, alternative daycare. As a public sector employer, we have to care for which we have a statutory obligation (e.g. jails, law enforcement). If an employee has an in-home daycare provider, they... more »

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Work From Home 1st Choice

I think that every job that doesn't require you to deal directly with consumers or to be at the job site should offer work from home positions especially for those that have families there's no way in the world anyone should have to leave their homes and their families to go to some job that probably barely pays the bills no way. And I think homeschooling should be mandatory unless your so called job requires you to be... more »

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