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Connecting Communities: Two Sides of One Child Care Dilemma

May 11, 2023 @ 3:00 pm 4:00 pm EDT

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This webinar is now available to watch on-demand.

Access to quality early childhood education (ECE) is critical to the well-being of communities and the economy. The pandemic further exposed existing issues, including how a lack of access to reliable and affordable childcare affects the parental workforce, yet also how financing challenges strain provider profitability.

During this session, attendees will hear from the Federal Reserve about recent research that explores cost and affordability challenges, especially for workers needing nontraditional hours of care and financial constraints on the provider side. The event will also speak to innovative solutions to help attract and retain ECE workers and sustain quality programs. Hear from parents and experts as they share their perspectives on these issues, how they’ve experienced challenges, and insights on community solutions.


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Erin Barnease
Parent/Student Teacher

Ben Horowitz

Benjamin Horowitz
Senior Policy Analyst
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Ana Kent

Ana H. Kent
Senior Researcher
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Kimberly Krzanowski
Executive Director
Early Childhood Innovation Center at Delaware State University

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Graciela Major
Workforce Development Manager

Jen Roberts

Jen Roberts
Agenda for Children

Sarah Savage

Sarah Savage
Senior Policy Analyst
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Rachel Spector

Rachel Spector
Director of Programs
The Children’s Trust

Jennie Blizzard

Jennie Blizzard
Communications Advisor
Fed Communities

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About Connecting Communities®

Real people. Real research. Real conversations.

Connecting Communities is a Federal Reserve-sponsored webinar series providing timely information on community and economic development issues. It complements Fed community development outreach initiatives conducted through the 12 regional Reserve Banks and Federal Reserve Board of Governors.

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