President Trump's proposed one-time "investment" in child care is not what working families need—and, in fact, threatens basic protections for children and the standards that are the building blocks of high-quality child care.
In the early '90s, the federal government allowed states to reshape welfare policies, including imposing family caps on cash assistance. While nearly half of all states initially adopted the caps, there has been a trend toward repealing them.
Low-wage workers and their families need federal workplace standards like the Schedules that Work Act, which would provide fair scheduling protections, and the Healthy Families Act, which would establish a paid sick days standard. These policies strengthen economic security. H.R. 4219 is not that federal standard.
In Illinois, trusted advocates worked with state agencies and policymakers from the Illinois Community College Board, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and governor’s office to develop a single definition of career pathways and provide guidance to practitioners.