Katie Hamm is the Vice President for Early Childhood Policy at the Center for American Progress, a non-profit, progressive think tank in Washington, D.C. She leads CAP’s work on policies impacting young children from birth to five. Katie lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and son.
Blog Post List
February 25, 2019
Today, the White House Council of Economic Advisors released a paper on work and the cost of child care. This is yet another example of the Trump Administration white-washing its record on supporting families’ access to affordable child care. During the 2016 presidential election, then candidate Trump promised to make child care more affordable and outlined a proposal estimated to cost $500 billion over ten years. Although the proposal itself was misguided in that it targeted most of the resources to higher income families and would not benefit the people who voted Trump into office , the...
January 11, 2019
The government shutdown closed my child care center, but my husband and I have to work. That means we're paying for child care twice.
February 16, 2018
On my first day as a working mother, my brand new child care provider held my infant son with one arm and rubbed my back with other as I cried. After four months at home with him, I had mixed feelings about returning to work. She assured me that he would be in good hands and that he would love child care. She was right. Soon he bounced up and down in my arms when he saw his teacher each morning and gave her a big smile. She made my first year as a working mom possible. She helped us through milestones like getting my son to eat finger food, transitioning from a bottle, and finding the right...