Paid Family and Medical Leave

In the first months and years of life, babies discover the world through experiences with parents and other caregivers. Early relationships shape how a child learns and views the world.

This critical time in a child’s life is a unique opportunity for parents to attend to more than physical needs like immunization, breastfeeding and nutrition, and adjusting to a new schedule. It is also time to address developmental milestones associated with bonding and attachment.

Forming secure relationships requires a depth of love for a child that only a primary caregiver possesses. It takes care, consistency, and above all, time. That is why policies ensuring parents have paid leave from work to care for their young children are so critical to healthy development.

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