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Child Care and Paid Family Leave Are Front and Center During Presidential Campaign

Oct 17, 2016

Presidential candidates are finally doing more for babies than kissing them while on the campaign trail!

Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have released positions on child care and paid family leave, recognizing their importance to working families with young children—and to millennial voters.

Hillary Clinton Donald Trump
Invest in federal child care subsidies and provide tax relief so that families do not spend more than 10% of their income on child care. Allow families to deduct the average cost of child care in their state, for up to 4 children, from their income taxes.
Increase the compensation of child care providers and early educators with the goal of providing equity with kindergarten teachers. Create tax-free dependent care savings accounts for children, with contributions capped at $2,000 per year.
Guarantee up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave to care for a new child or seriously ill family members. Provide 6 weeks paid leave to new mothers before returning to work through unemployment insurance.
View more of Clinton’s policies View more of Trump’s policies

While the candidates vary significantly on the details of their plans, infant-toddler advocates can celebrate the work it took to elevate these issues to the point that they have reached campaign prime time—even being discussed in the first few minutes of September 26th presidential debate. As the election nears, stay tuned to ZERO TO THREE for opportunities to keep issues important to babies and families top of mind for the candidates. And get ready post-election to make sure these issues remain priorities as the new Administration and Congress take office!

Read more from my colleague, Patty Cole, ZERO TO THREE’s Senior Director of Federal Policy, about why we should care about child care as an election issue.

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