We recently talked with Molly Moon, Founder and CEO of Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream in Seattle, a small business that has always advocated for workers rights, about why it’s important for business leaders to support progressive workplace public policies. Here’s a summary of our interview with her.
CLASP: Why do you think it’s important to have public policies requiring all employers to provide paid sick days/paid family leave/fair schedules instead of leaving it up to individual employers?
Infants and toddlers need strong parents who are adequately supported and have effective parenting skills. All parents want to give their children the best start in life, but some need extra support and resources to fully nurture their children’s development.
Economic instability is often at the core of other challenges faced by young children and their families. Infants’ and toddlers’ parents need good jobs in responsive workplaces and access to assistance when they are unable to make ends meet.
Good physical and mental health is one of the most important factors for babies’ and their parents’ overall wellbeing. Infants and toddlers need to be in good health to learn and grow properly. Parents need to be healthy, too, in order to provide for their families and spend quality time with their children.
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Through several public statements and leaked policy proposals, the Trump Administration has made clear its intent to make life more difficult for low-income immigrant families, including their U.S. citizen children, by restricting their ability to access basic programs that safeguard their health care, nutrition, housing, and economic security. https://www.clasp.org/sites/default/files/Flier%20on%20Public%20Charge.pdf This page provides resources from the Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign.
Two reports from CLASP find that the Trump Administration's anti-immigrant policies, actions, and rhetoric are hurting young children in immigrant families. This includes immediate and potentially long-term consequences for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.
The CCRY Network's Spring 2018 convening took place on March 28-29 at FHI 360 in Washington, DC. This year's theme, "Nothing About Us Without Us," challenged participants to keep youth voice front-and-center in both policy and practice. Below, you can find links to the materials distributed at the meeting, as well as follow-up resources shared in response to discussions during the event.
About the Meeting
We recently talked with Dan Gillotte, the Chief Executive Grocer at the Wheatsville Food Cooperative in Austin, about why its important for business leaders to support progressive workplace public policies and why the co-op got involved in the fight for Paid Sick Days in Austin, Texas. Here's a summary of our interview with Dan.
CLASP: Could you tell me about your role with the Wheatsville Co-op?