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Report: Helping Nevada families find common ground

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Researchers and public policy experts convened to discuss why it is so hard to raise children in America today, especially for families with parents in the labor force. As it relates to child well-being among all states, Nevada ranks at the bottom of the list. Convergence Collaborative's blueprint for action brought together cross-partisan and cross-sector leaders to look into why workplaces and government policies haven't caught up to help support working families.

Abby McCloskey, a mother and founder of Policy LLC, her own research and consulting firm, partnered with Convergence and said the need for solutions in Nevada and across the country are urgent.

"Whether we are talking about Build Back Better or the overturning of Roe v. Wade, there are radically different political approaches for supporting families and a very large relational, political, organizational chasm between them," she said.

McCloskey added members of the collaborative were chosen based on their unique expertise and deep, political and social differences. The report suggests stakeholders need to rethink cash support for families, ensure better quality care options for children and help support parents with new children. Nevada's Department of Health and Human Services says there is only one licensed child care slot for every three children, classifying the state as a child care desert.

Lina Guzman, chief strategy officer and director of the Hispanic Institute at the research organization Child Trends, contends families do not function in silos, and as a result have a variety of needs. At the statewide and local levels, the report calls for innovation of new programs but also for the expansion and flexibility of existing initiatives.

"I think where we landed really reflects the fact that families' needs are complex and what they do need are supports around time, money, and care supports and caregiving," Guzman said.

Guzman added the pandemic highlighted America's broken child care system, and argues quality child care helps improve children's development as well as a family's economic well-being.


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