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Economist cites challenges for employers with loss of federal subsidies for childcare

In late September of this year, pandemic-era federal subsidies for childcare came to an end, resulting in 220, 000 providers losing crucial income. Dr. Alicia Sasser Modestino, WGSS executive committee member and Research Director of the Dukakis Center at Northeastern, has provided her insight into the impact of the program and the consequences of its end. One change is that there are now more women in the workforce than before the pandemic, which Dr. Modestino says is a direct result of the 2021 American Rescue Plan, which recently expired. Dr. Modestino goes into the potential economic consequences which affect not only caretakers, but childcare workers, and all employers of people with children. Dr. Modestino discusses these consequences, as well as how HR can support workers with children, in this article by Human Resources Director.

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