Pelosi: Day Care Lets Moms Work ‘Without Carrying Burden of Child Care’

By Penny Starr | July 29, 2013 | 4:25pm EDT

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) (AP)

( – Giving women access to day care so they can work will allow moms “to earn without carrying the burden of child care,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in an interview on National Public Radio (NPR) on Sunday.

Pelosi spoke about her recently announced “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds: An Economic Agenda for Women and Families,” on Weekend Edition Sunday, an agenda that includes equal pay for women, an increase in the minimum wage, universal pre-school and access to child care for women who work.

“The child care issue probably has to be done in steps,” Pelosi told NPR host Susan Stamberg. “But when children are learning, parents can be learning.”

“And when the children are in preschool, that frees parents to earn without carrying the burden of the child care,” she said.

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“We are hopeful we can make it too hot for people to handle ignoring these women’s issues and get something done even before we get into the electoral season next year,” Pelosi said.

The agenda is posted on Pelosi’s website and the “child care” portion notes that the United States is ranked 28th of 38 countries for the number of 4-year-olds enrolled in pre-school.

The claim that “families are generally left on their own for providing child care” is also listed as a problem.

Solutions listed include President Barack Obama’s Preschool and Early Head Start/Child Care Initiative and “adequate” federal funding for child care programs.

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