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PRESS CALL ADVISORY: CAP Action President Neera Tanden, SEIU President Mary Kay Henry, and Make it Work to Discuss New Nevada Poll Highlighting Child Care and the 2016 Race
Press Advisory

PRESS CALL ADVISORY: CAP Action President Neera Tanden, SEIU President Mary Kay Henry, and Make it Work to Discuss New Nevada Poll Highlighting Child Care and the 2016 Race

Washington, D.C. — Ahead of the Nevada presidential primary caucuses, Center for American Progress Action Fund President and CEO Neera Tanden, Service Employees International Union President Mary Kay Henry, and Make it Work Nevada State Director Erika Washington will headline a news conference call to discuss a new poll on the attitudes of likely Nevada caucus-goers on the need for candidates to prioritize work-family policies—including child care—as an issue in the election year ahead.

The poll will highlight how improving access to affordable child care, paid sick leave, and paid family and medical leave are key issues for voters and their families in 2016. The call will also feature a Nevada child care worker who will discuss her own struggle to provide the basics for her family on low wages. Child care workers in Nevada earn a median annual salary of less than $20,000, forcing many to rely on public assistance for food, health care, and housing just to get by.

High-quality affordable child care costs more than the median rent in every state; on average, a Nevada family with an infant and a toddler pays nearly $18,000 annually for child care. Wednesday’s news conference call will focus on the need for candidates and policymakers to have a plan to address the reality that high-quality child care is out of reach for millions of Americans.

WHO:

Neera Tanden, President and CEO, Center for American Progress Action Fund
Mary Kay Henry, International President, Service Employees International Union
Erika Washington, Nevada State Director, Make it Work Campaign
Nevada child care worker

WHEN:

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
1:00 p.m. EST/10:00 a.m. PST

For dial-in information, RSVP to Allison Preiss at 202.478.6331 or apreiss@americanprogressaction.org.