With the rise of remote work, fewer people sent their kids to childcare during the pandemic. Now, with many companies calling employees back to the office, some parents are having problems.
More than 200 daycare centers and early learning providers across 27 states and Washington, D.C., have pledged to close their doors Monday as their workers, joined by the parents they serve, go on strike.
USA Today reported that there are more than 40 events scheduled Monday at different state capitals or city halls and nearly 400 early childcare professionals have pledged to call out as part of "A Day Without Child Care: A National Day of Action." If parents cannot show up in person, organizers ask them to show support by wearing to work pins with statements such as "I wouldn't be here today without childcare." Monday's strike comes a day after Mother's Day.
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The purpose of the strike is for daycare workers to stress to policymakers how essential they are to not only families but also to the U.S. economy.
Community Change Action’s website lists three goals: living wages for child care providers, "an equitable child care system built on racial justice," and affordable child care for all families.