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Advocating for Inclusive Family Policies

on May 13th, 2013 at 2:04:31 PM

Today (Monday May 13, 2013) at 12:15, at a Washington, DC think tank – The New America Foundation - there is an event titled “The Hell of American Day Care.” The event will be live streamed and there is a Twitter chat @AssetsNAF #fixingdaycare.

The event is organized around Jonathan Cohn’s recent article in The New Republic (same title as the event).

FAHN’s executive director, Catherine Myers, will participate in the Twitter chat to advocate for "fixing" day care by first making government support for families inclusive - letting parents decide whether to care for their children themselves or pay others. (See FAHN's Campaign for Inclusive Family Policies).

Catherine on Twitter: @cathyfamilyhome

When Jonathan Cohn was interviewed on NPR’s program Fresh Air, a military mom commented on their website:

“Think on this: When a mother stays at home with her children, she sacrifices her time and her mental/emotional energy for the good of her children. Daycare providers, no matter what they make, have the opposite motivation. Daycare providers are there for personal gain, a paycheck. You can't buy mothering. No amount of money will fix that.
I was glad that the interviewee at least mentioned potential tax breaks for stay-at-home moms (SAHM's). We are a military family and when my husband is deployed, we qualify for all kinds of daycare subsidies and benefits. As a SAHM, I get nothing. I do the work and carry all the burden of two parents alone and the government doesn't value it at all.”

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I sent half a dozen tweets during the event, if you use twitter you can check it out: #fixingdaycare

Follow me @cathyfamilyhome

The recording of the event is now available. Presenters ignored at-home parents, made factual errors, one even mentioned “Donna Reed” (from 1950s sitcom) as a way to indicate that at-home parenting is outdated.  

Here are a few of the messages I sent:

* Do the panelists think parents who want to be home with kids should be supported in that? assuming same cost to gov't.

[@AssetsNAF – the organizer of the event, promised to try to get answers to this question]

@karenkornbluh Factually wrong to say "nobody is at home" See Urban Inst: 

* Many countries (incl France and Finland) support sahp of infants with a monthly payment. Equality, choice.

* Respect and support parents as they do the work of raising humans and the time that takes.

* a military mom: "when my husband is deployed, we qualify for all kinds of daycare subsidies... As a SAHM, I get nothing."

*  “What do children need?”

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