Raising Young Kids in America Has Become Hell, and the Government Should Finally Acknowledge That

Raising Young Kids in America Has Become Hell, and the Government Should Finally Acknowledge That

However, while states can help on the margins, and some limited
federal laws could get passed, what is actually needed is a new paradigm, one that
centers these families as a distinct class of people the same way the federal
government treats seniors. Even if states choose to act, or if something like
the Romney plan was to become law, the fundamental reality of family economic
policy in the United States—namely that it is thin, incidental, and
piecemeal—will not change.

Smoothing the path to stability for the lowest-income families in
America, and safeguarding a thriving future for their children, requires a
comprehensive approach that both values care and treats families with young
children as a unique segment with interlocking economic needs. It also requires
us to truly value care: both the labor of caring for children, and the people
providing that care, while broadening the idea to normalize paternal leave and
compensate for unpaid care in the home. Investing comprehensively in our
national care infrastructure would allow families to access childcare, paid
leave, emergency cash, and other proven, pro-family supports when their
children are young, helping families today while ensuring the long-term health
of their children and our economy as a whole.

“If there was a lesson to be learned during the pandemic,” said Poo,
“it’s that the lives of working parents with young children, especially
mothers, and care workers, and the fate of the economy rise or fall together.”


https://newrepublic.com/article/167369/young-children-parents-seniors-government-programs