Twitter Talk: Making the economic case for child care

Whether you’re a parent, doctor, teacher, business owner or employee, the issue of quality child care can – and likely does – matter to you. Parents, pediatricians and educators know how critical the first five years of children’s lives are to their long-term development and livelihood. Businesses and employees know how difficult it can be to retain and support working parents when affordable, quality care is not available.

That is why this week Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) organized a “Week of Action” around the theme, “We All Care about Child Care.” We mobilized our grassroots supporters to urge Congress to increase funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), which helps provide high quality child care to low- and middle-income working families.

To amplify the conversation around child care, SCAN partnered with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation to host a Twitter Chat on April 17 using the hashtag #LeadingOnEarlyEd. The chat focused on the business case for expanding early education and child care. We had more the 200 contributors! In case you missed it, here are some of the top tweets for each question of the chat. 

Q1:. From the kids’ perspective, what #data do you cite when making an argument for #EarlyEd for our #futureworkforce issue? #LeadingOnEarlyEd

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Q2: Now from the parent/caregiver perspective, what #data do you cite when making an argument for #EarlyEd for our current workforce? #LeadingOnEarlyEd

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Q3: Why is investing in high-quality #childcare a win for businesses? #LeadingonEarlyEd

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Q4: Many businesses understand the argument for #EarlyEd, but don’t know where to start. What advice would you give them on the best ways to engage? #LeadingonEarlyEd

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Q5: Let’s give a shout out to those in the business community who are already investing in #earlyed. Tag them and tell us what they’re doing to make a difference in your community! #LeadingonEarlyEd

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The week of action isn’t over! Click the link below to learn how you can use your voice and advocate for quality child care and the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG).

Take action today!

Looking for more? The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation provided a recap of the Twitter Chat from their perspective. Read it on their blog.

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Sarah Poetzschke is the web and digital manager for Save the Children Action Network. She is passionate about using digital tools and strategy to build a network of advocates for kids.