- Just under half of
momsof young children currently work full time, and nearly 30% are not employed. Childcarepolicies under the Build Back Betterplan could lead to full-time jobs for over a million moms.
Mothers of young children often face a difficult choice in those early years, one that often ends with them sacrificing their
In the US, that means nearly 30% of moms are not employed, and another 22% are working part time, leaving just under half of moms employed full time.
The impact is, of course, more acute for lower-income families, who may not be able to afford the rising cost of private childcare.
That could change under the early care and education provisions of President Joe Biden’s all-but-dead Build Back Better plan, a working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research shows.
Under Biden’s plan, most families would see their childcare costs capped at 7% of their income, compared with what they’re spending now, which is nearly 18% of their income. The plan also requires anyone receiving benefits to actively seek a job or an education.
If the subsidies and work requirements of the plan were implemented, the researchers estimate the percentage of moms working full time would climb by nearly 10 percentage points.
That’s over a million women moving from either non-employment or part-time work into full-time jobs.
Regardless of this evidence, Biden’s plan has almost zero chance of passing the Senate, where 50 Republicans and
That analysis found the Biden plan would bring 1.1 million parents into the labor force, and have 2 million others increase their working hours, for a net economic boost of $48 billion per year.