Op-Ed | We need to invest in Universal Child Care


As working parents with young children, we deeply understand how challenging — and frustrating — it can be to find adequate child care for our children. For so many parents and guardians across the country, childcare is priced as a luxury, but is an absolute necessity. Families are often forced to choose between childcare, financial security, and career development — but no one should be forced to make that choice.

That’s why we need to invest in Universal Child Care; it is a generational commitment to our economy and our community. From month-long waitlists to exorbitant costs, we’ve had to bring along our children to hearings or community events as a last resort. But for the vast majority of parents that don’t have that option, mothers are too often burdened with putting their careers on pause to ensure their children are properly cared for.