On April 28, 2021, President Biden introduced the American Families Plan, which is the second half of his administration’s “build back better” infrastructure initiative. (The first half of the initiative, the American Jobs Plan, was introduced on March 31, 2021.) The Plan proposes $1.8 trillion to provide affordable childcare, universal preschool, expanded higher education access, individual and family tax credits, and comprehensive paid leave. This fact sheet explains why the American Families Plan matters for direct care workers and their families.
Direct care workers’ economic security relies on livable wages and comprehensive employment benefits.
The COVID-19 pandemic revealed the startling lack of paid leave for direct care workers.
Congress should enact the American Families Plan to support America’s families, stabilize the labor force, and improve opportunities for future generations.