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See how COVID-19 has put child care in crisis

April 7, 2020
Every morning for the last two weeks I’ve woken up wondering what impact this COVID-19 crisis will have on my toddler’s life along with our entire country. My partner and I are juggling our work schedules (like so many parents and caregivers!) the best we can as we try to give her some semblance of...
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New COVID-19 Emergency Paid Leave is Now Available

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: New federal paid leave laws and what they mean for our families

April 6, 2020
New, emergency paid leave laws went into effect on Wednesday, April 1st. This includes emergency paid sick leave and emergency paid family leave. If you have a problem or want more information about your rights, our partners at A Better Balance have a free and confidential helpline at 1-833-NEED-...
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Recursos para las familias del estado de Washington durante la pandemia de COVID-19

April 3, 2020
Estamos viviendo tiempos increíbles. Pero en medio del caos y de la incertidumbre de lo que tenemos por delante, lo mejor que podemos hacer es apoyarnos mutuamente. La pandemia de COVID-19 ha tenido un impacto desastroso para las familias de todo Washington, por lo que hemos creado una lista de...
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Tell Congress, we need the PAID Leave Act and we need it now!

April 2, 2020
This is all really hard. Our hearts are hurting for our families and our country. And, more than we need hand sanitizer in the time of COVID-19, we need access to paid sick days and paid family leave for everyone. Fortunately we have a start: Today is a historic day in the United States. That’s...
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Resources for Washington families!

Resources for Washington State families during COVID-19

April 1, 2020
UPDATED ON 4/20/20 *En español* These are impossible times. But amid the chaos and uncertainty of what's ahead, the best thing we can do is to support one another. The COVID-19 pandemic has had disastrous impacts on families across Washington. We have compiled a list of resources here to share with...
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How to "Celebrate" Equal Pay Day in the Middle of the COVID-19 Pandemic

March 31, 2020
We’re all feeling it — the weight of the COVID-19 pandemic and what it means for our loved ones and collective future, but we cannot ignore the many ways in which the coronavirus crisis is a gendered one, especially on Equal Pay Day – Tuesday, March 31st, 2020.
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One COVID-19 Survivor Speaks Out

March 30, 2020
Bonita Applebaum* was living a pretty healthy life. She had recently lost quite a bit of weight, switched to a whole foods diet and was getting good exercise and managing her anxiety with more ease. When she woke up with a scratchy throat on March 10, 2020, she figured it may be a recurrent side...
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Victory! Governor approves bill to explore increased access to unemployment insurance benefits for caregivers

March 27, 2020
With everything going on right now, it's great to have some good news to celebrate. Today, Governor Inslee signed SB 5473 into law, a bill that will examine the barriers that family caregivers experience when trying to access unemployment insurance. There is no way to overstate this: Washington...
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Unemployment Insurance Was Crucial To Workers And the Economy in the Last Recession

March 23, 2020
Twelve years have passed since the onset of what we call the Great Recession. Now, as the effects of the coronavirus-spawned COVID-19 pandemic send the U.S. economy hurtling into another recession, or possibly depression, and Congress wrestles with designing the components of an urgent policy...
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