Helping Parents Balance Work and Family
Today more than ever, parents need support in their efforts to balance
their responsibilities at home and at work. From quality child care and
after-school programs to long-term care assistance, the First Lady has
supported initiatives that help Americans with the most important of all
duties, the care of their families.
Mrs. Clinton has worked tirelessly to make child care better, safer, and
more affordable for America's working families and to ensure that children
enter school ready to learn. She chaired the White House Conference on Child
Care, which led to the Administration's proposal for substantial new
investments in child care. In addition, Mrs. Clinton has championed significant
new investments in programs where children can learn and be safe in the
after-school hours. Recognizing that many Americans find themselves responsible
for the care of their elderly or disabled relatives, Mrs. Clinton has also
worked on behalf of initiatives to meet the long-term care needs of families.
Mrs. Clinton supported the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, which
has enabled millions of Americans to take job-protected leave following the
birth or adoption of child, or for the care of a sick relative. Today the First
Lady advocates for expanding the law to cover millions of additional workers
and for providing tax relief for parents who stay home with their newborn or
newly adopted children.