News Roundup

  • Illinois’ Child Care Assistance Program helps subsidize the cost of daycare for 85,000 families, but the program is facing severe cuts in the proposed state budget. [Source]
  • Meigs County, Ohio has had to shutter their Child and Family Health Services and Pregnancy Care Clinic due to a loss of state funding. The clinic, in operation since 1988, provided low-cost, early-term prenatal care with a goal of reducing pre-term and low-weight births.[Source]
  • In Germany, parents already have the right to take up to three years of leave (with financial support) during their child’s first eight years of life. Now the government is considering extending their family leave protections to include unpaid sabbaticals for grandparents who are providing childcare. [Source]
  • A For Our Babies commenter has started an online petition regarding the need for paid maternity leave at Change.org.
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