When a baby is born, this usually means one parent earning an income, one parent caring full-time. But for families who need two incomes, this can be tough. And for the first few weeks while mother and baby recover from birth, both parents really need to be at home. While employers want more and more from employees, there hasn’t been enough done to make sure family still comes first.
Babies do best when they are cared for by a parent, full-time for their first six months. And when parents are back at work, they need affordable early education and care.
Making sure every new family can give a child this start in life is something employers and the government need to provide, together.
A full-time wage for the first six months of a child’s life, and affordable early education and care when both parents are back at work is the best way to create a bright future for all of our kids.
Raising the next generation as best as we can is everyone’s responsibility.