Category: Care Economy

February 25, 2021 Sharisse Tracey

Romney, Cotton unveiled a minimum wage plan that disregards the well-being of children

We need policies that move families out of poverty and immediate pandemic relief that feeds our children. Yet, U.S. Senators Mitt Romney and Tom Cotton just unveiled a minimum wage […]

No One Should Have to Choose Between Their Home or Their Health

Darryl Lorenzo Wellington

No thinker, philosopher or theologian can tell you whether sickness or homelessness is more frightening. With the onset of the pandemic, millions of Americans have now experienced the fear of […]

The time is now to raise the minimum wage

Sharisse Tracey

“No one should work 40 hours a week and live in poverty,” stated President Joe Biden last night as he reaffirmed support for raising the federal minimum wage — gradually […]

This is What it Means for Biden to Have My Back

Darryl Lorenzo Wellington

Coming off a disastrous four years of Donald Trump, there are a lot of competing priorities for the new Biden administration. I speak from the perspective of someone who welcomes […]

Biden: Fulfill Your Promise on Child Care

Sharisse Tracey

As the mother of four, currently with two school-aged children attending public school remotely, I can’t help but reflect on a time when I was completely reliant on child care […]

Lean in to solve the housing crisis

Sharisse Tracey

As a kid growing up in Southern California in the 70’s and 80’s I was aware that there were homeless people. At that time, it seemed like a small group […]

Florida Parents Distressed About School Reopening

Topacio Marrero

While Florida’s coronavirus infections continue to rise, the Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran issued an Emergency Order mandating all schools to reopen in the fall. To date, Florida has one […]

Americans Are Ready to Make Housing for All a Reality

Darryl Lorenzo Wellington

Ever since the COVID-19 crisis, this country has been debating its many dysfunctions, like a family trying to face its deeply unresolved core problems. The temporary solutions that have been […]

The Protesters Willing to Risk Black Lives For a Haircut

Dorian Warren

Protests to reopen states are popping up across the country. Mobs of gun-slinging people stormed the Michigan state capitol building, claiming the state’s stay-at-home orders extending the closure of nonessential […]

The Disposable Industries: Calls to Reopen the Economy Ask Workers to Put their Health At Risk

Stephanie Land

Back in my early 20s, I proudly wore the job title of “coffee girl.” I had five years of experience by the time I was 22, working full-time at a […]

This Mother’s Day can be particularly lonelier

Emily Withnall

Mother’s Day can be a complicated day for many mothers because it often requires extra labor on the mother’s part. But for single mothers, the day can be particularly fraught. […]

Black Americans story with COVID-19 is no different

Community Change Action

By Ponsella Hardaway, Executive Director for MOSES Action, and Dr. Seft Hunter, Director of Black Led Organizing for Community Change Action Black Americans have historically been disproportionately impacted by chronic […]

Child care educators continue caring for kids while Trump continues failing the U.S.

Emily Withnall

As President Donald Trump shows an absolute lack of expertise – and empathy – to direct the nation through this health crisis, states are doing what they can to figure […]

We need baby wipes and cleaning supplies, now.

Sharisse Tracey

Just a few weeks ago I stopped by a local membership warehouse store to stock up on items to keep my family safe from Covid-19. At the time, earlier in […]

Child care is a critical support for working parents

Ayanna Albertson

Portia Powell, a single mom of three and an office manager at a mental health facility in North Carolina, was challenged with finding child care when the outbreak caused her […]

As votes continue to get counted, Alameda County voters show strong support to fund resources for children

Bobbi Dempsey

Residents of Alameda County have made a clear statement about the need to support both working parents and early childhood educators by allocating more resources to provide quality affordable child […]

A budget that hurts already hurting Americans

Sharisse Tracey

President Trump recently proposed a $4.8 trillion dollar budget for the 2021 fiscal year.  The proposal is called “Budget for a Better America.” But this budget disguised as a way […]

Early childhood educators, families ask DC Mayor to make high-quality child care for kids under 3 a priority

Maya Boddie

A coalition of parents, early child care educators, community and business leaders has launched a groundbreaking early childhood campaign called Under 3 DC, calling on Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to […]

The bureaucracy of feeding your family

Emily Withnall

Where I live, in Missoula, Montana, the median area income is $54,311. Despite working three jobs, I make under $20,000 annually, or roughly 30% of the area median income, and […]

My first time using a food pantry—One moms story

Sharisse Tracey

This past holiday season was the first after my mid-spring divorce, and also the first time my children and I ate from a food pantry said Cynthia—the woman who wishes […]

How the west was won–California leading the way on rent control

Sharisse Tracey

On the heels of learning that Southern California residents now need to earn over  $100,000 a year to purchase a median two-bedroom home costing over half million dollars in Los […]

Why we need the Dems to keep talking childcare

Marisol Bello

As the Democratic party prepares to host the next Democratic debate on Jan. 14, we hope that presidential candidates will pay attention to the families and childcare workers who are […]

We need policies that harness the vital roles of community colleges

Michael Jackson

Our world has an increasing reliance on new, ever-changing technology that requires workers to have near-constant flexibility to upgrade, retrain, and retool their skills. It’s estimated that millions of ‘middle-skill […]

We need Presidential candidates to detail their commitment to achieving quality, affordable and culturally relevant child care for all families

Danielle Atkinson

Trending with the hashtag #WhatMamasWant, hundreds of mothers in Michigan organized a forum on issues that impact their lives and then gathered to watch the two-day Democratic presidential debates in […]

Want to win in 2020? Focus on child care!

Carmella Salinas and Tameka Ramsey

The evidence is clear: the lack of affordable and accessible child care is drowning America’s working families. A 2018 poll by the Center for American Progress and Community Change found […]

Here’s why America is talking about Universal Child Care

Marisol Bello

This week, Senator Elizabeth Warren unveiled her plan for Universal Child Care, signaling its place atop the national political agenda. In it, she details the difficulties of finding affordable and […]

Caring for our loved ones is a key issue in this year’s elections in Michigan

Mike Griffin

This November, Michigan has a critical choice to make for the future of families struggling to get by. Attacks on immigrants, a lack of good paying jobs and the exploding […]

Universal pre-K won’t solve poverty. Better jobs will.

Wendi C. Thomas

Memphis council members promote politically safe investment in children while ignoring underpaid parents


Christen Hill

In two underserved DC communities, there are only three groceries stores to serve 148,000 people.

Florida Petition Seeks to Restore Voting Rights of 1.5 Million People

Thomas Kennedy

The state must do all it can to enfranchise its citizens and expand democracy for all.

A Hurricane Is Never An Excuse To Mock The Poor

Darryl Lorenzo Wellington

I remember. I remember because I will always love New Orleans. All the residents of the Gulf Coast, or anyone who loved New Orleans – and who was old enough to remember August 29th, 2005 – has mourned the day ever since.

Food Stamps And Child Care Go Hand In Hand For Families

Sharisse Tracey

On July 31, President Trump boasted about the state of the economy, specifically the stock market, and how it is at its highest point in a number of years. What […]

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