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Promoting Paid Family Leave: Getting it Right from the Start

Promoting Paid Family Leave: Getting it Right from the Start aims to catalyze broad-based support for a high-quality paid family leave policy as a vital investment in the future of young children and their families. By making it economically feasible for new parents to take time off from work to nurture and bond with their children, paid family leave — known also as family leave insurance — supports the health and well-being both of children and parents.

To date, the national policy debate has focused primarily on the benefits and costs of paid family leave to businesses and workers. While this is important to assessing the value of the program, policy discussions have devoted relatively little attention to the impact of paid family leave on children’s health and development. NCCP’s project is designed to remedy this imbalance, engaging the early childhood and public health communities and highlighting related research in these fields to educate policymakers and the public on the importance of high-quality paid family leave policy for the well-being of low-income and all working parents and their children. An important objective of our project is to connect researchers with advocates in order to effectively translate research into workable policy.

NCCP’s paid family leave project:

  • Synthesizes and disseminates research on the effects of a high-quality paid family leave program on the healthy development of children and families;
  • Engages the support of the early childhood and public health communities to adopt paid family leave as an integral part of an early childhood policy framework; and
  • Brings together stakeholders from diverse fields in a series of webinars and a public forum (held April 25, 2012) to discuss the economic, public health, and child development impacts of paid family leave.

Through this project, NCCP works closely with its advocate partners in the New York State Paid Leave Coalition and A Better Balance to identify and promote research and communication strategies that will build the foundation for a high quality program of paid family leave/family leave insurance in the states and nation.

Promoting Paid Family Leave: Getting it Right from the Start is funded by the Ford, Annie E. Casey, and Hagedorn Foundations.