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Contact: Gillian Linden
“Our economy doesn’t work without child care, it is fundamentally an economic issue. Child care wasn’t just a pandemic problem, but a wakeup call for millions that access to affordable child care is an absolute necessity.”
MINNEAPOLIS (September 27, 2023)—Chastity Lord, President and CEO of Jeremiah Program—a national nonprofit with one of the most successful strategies for helping single mothers and their children overcome the barriers that sustain generational poverty—issued the following statement regarding the child care cliff and expiration of the child care credit.
“Child care wasn’t just a pandemic problem; it was fundamentally flawed in our society long before COVID entered our vocabulary. The financial burden of child care continues to fall on women—especially single mothers who are often the ones filling those positions for low wages and limited flexibility. The implications of losing this funding is significant, and the economic fallout will be swift and severe.
Our economy doesn’t work without child care—the two are intrinsically linked. This is a wake-up call: access to affordable child care is an absolute necessity. The ability to afford child care is not and should not be a privilege; it’s a basic human right for all families regardless of race, income, gender or any other socioeconomic factors.
The time for systemic change to how child care is structured is now.”
About Jeremiah Program: Jeremiah Program (JP) is a national organization whose mission is to disrupt the cycle of poverty for single mothers and their children, two generations at a time. By investing simultaneously in a mother’s vision for her personal and professional goals and the education of her children, she simultaneously reauthors her family’s outcome as well her community’s — proof points matter. In 2022, JP supported 1,500 moms and children across nine cities in Austin, TX; Baltimore, MD; Boston, MA; Brooklyn, NY; Fargo, ND-Moorhead, MN; Las Vegas, NV; Minneapolis, MN; Rochester, MN; and St. Paul, MN.