State of the Union Emphasizes Child Care and Paid Sick Leave

At last night’s State of the Union address, it was promising to hear President Obama highlight child care, working families, and education as countrywide concerns. He stated, “It’s time we stop treating child care as a side issue, or a women’s issue, and treat it like the national economic priority that it is for all of us.” The motions he urged Congress to approve include increasing child care tax credits to $3,000 per child, per year and implementing paid sick days. This is extremely important for parents who have to juggle caring for their children and working at a job.

President Obama noted that, “Forty-three million workers have no paid sick leave. Forty-three million. Think about that. And that forces too many parents to make the gut-wrenching choice between a paycheck and a sick kid at home. So I’ll be taking new action to help states adopt paid leave laws of their own.” We are encouraged that the president is putting these issues at the forefront and hope that Congress acknowledges what a significant impact these policies could have for low-income families.