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Crisis and Opportunity: Building a Better Child Care System

Mar 24, 2021, 3:30 PM
Free and open to the public

Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S. last year, it has become clear that the U.S. child care system is broken. The child care crisis has been a disaster for women’s participation in the workforce and, by extension, for gender equality and the economy as a whole. The Biden-Harris administration proposed a multi-billion dollar plan to address some immediate and long standing issues in the child care industry, but does it go far enough?

During this presentation, panelists will discuss what the Biden-Harris administration has done so far to support the child care industry, and what still needs to be done—not only to recover economically from COVID-19, but to build a sustainable child care system in the U.S., thereby advancing gender equality.


  • Autumn Green, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Wellesley Centers for Women
  • Kimberly D. Lucas, Ph.D., Senior Director of Civic Research and Innovation, MetroLab Network
  • Wendy Wagner Robeson, Ed.D., Senior Research Scientist, Wellesley Centers for Women
  • Moderator: Layli Maparyan, Ph.D., Katherine Stone Kaufmann ’67 Executive Director, Wellesley Centers for Women; professor of Africana studies at Wellesley College

Please register in advance.

This virtual program is part of the Social Change Dialogues series hosted by the Wellesley Centers for Women. This program will be recorded and shared with those who cannot attend live.

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Generously supported by:

the Cowles/Sulzberger Fund, an endowed gift to the Centers.