In an interview on National Public Radio (NPR), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said her new agenda for women will give mothers access to day care so they can “earn without carrying the burden of child care.”
During the interview, aired on Weekend Edition Sunday, Pelosi spoke about her newly announced agenda, which is on her website, and is titled, “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds: An Economic Agenda for Women and Families,” a plan that includes universal pre-school and access to day care for working women, and an increase in the minimum wage.
“The child care issue probably has to be done in steps,” Pelosi told NPR host Susan Stamberg. “But when children are learning, parents can be learning. And when the children are in preschool, that frees parents to earn without carrying the burden of the child care.”
“We are hopeful we can make it too hot for people to handle ignoring these women’s issues and get something done even before we get into the electoral season next year,” Pelosi said.
Pelosi’s agenda makes the claim that “families are generally left on their own for providing child care,” which she sees as a problem in the United States.
The agenda website lists solutions to women’s problems such as President Barack Obama’s Preschool and Early Head Start/Child Care Initiativ, and “adequate” federal funding for child care programs.