SATURDAY: First-Ever #CareCantWait Summit Brings Together Family Caregivers, Care Workers, & People Who Rely on Care to Call for Major Federal Investment - Caring Across Generations

SATURDAY: First-Ever #CareCantWait Summit Brings Together Family Caregivers, Care Workers, & People Who Rely on Care to Call for Major Federal Investment

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MEDIA ADVISORY FOR: Saturday, April 10, 2021 — 12:00pm ET / 9:00am PT

CONTACT: Anna Zuccaro | anna@unbendablemedia.com 

SATURDAY: First-Ever #CareCantWait Summit Brings Together Family Caregivers, Care Workers, & People Who Rely on Care to Call for Major Federal Investment

Coalition Says Summit Will Show “How from Child Care, to Paid Leave and Home Community Based Services, We Need a Care Infrastructure That Supports Us All”

Summit to Include Vice President Kamala Harris, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senator Maggie Hassan, Secretary Gina Riamondo; Musical Guests & Celebrity Participants 

WASHINGTON, DC — On Saturday, April 10th at 12:00pm ET / 9:00am PT, the #CareCantWait coalition will host the first-ever #CareCantWait National Summit, convening people from across the nation in support of federal investment in home and community-based care for the aging and people with disabilities, paid leave, and expanded access to child care. Bringing together family caregivers, professional care workers, and people who rely on care throughout all stages of their lives, the Summit aims to show that everyone – of every age, race and ability – needs a care infrastructure that lets us live, work and care for the people we love.

WHEN: Saturday, April 10th. 12:00pm ET / 11:00am CT / 10:00am MT / 9:00am PT

LEARN MORE HERE: https://www.carecantwait.org/ 

The #CareCantWait Summit will highlight the critical need for the Biden Administration and Congress to make significant federal investments in home and community based services, expand access to child care, and guarantee paid leave for all workers. 

The summit will be broken into three main sessions, featuring panels, videos, musical performances and special guests across the #CareCantWait Summit’s two hour run time: 

  1. Part One will celebrate and recognize the family caregivers and care workers who were on the front lines of risk in the past year. 
  2. Part Two will center around people who are caregivers and the people who rely on their care, highlighting some incredible stories from across the country. 
  3. Part Three will outline how caregiving is not just a personal responsibility, but a collective one – that requires collective investment for us all to thrive.

FEATURED SPEAKERS INCLUDE: Vice President Kamala Harris; Speaker Nancy Pelosi; Senator Maggie Hassan; Cristela Alonzo, Comedian, Actress, Writer and Producer; Ady Barkan, Co-Founder, Be A Hero; Fatima Goss Graves, President and CEO, National Women’s Law Center; Dawn Huckelbridge, Director, Paid Leave for All; JohnnySwim, Musical Performance; Mia Ives-Rublee, Disability Diversity and Inclusion Consultant; Dr. Myra Jones-Taylor, Chief Policy Officer, ZERO TO THREE; Valerie June, Musical Performance; Josephine Kalipeni, Deputy Director, Family Values at Work; Loira Limbal, Director, Filmmaker; Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Actress; Lauren Miller Rogen, Actress / Co-Founder, Hilarity for Charity; Ai-jen Poo, Director, Caring Across Generations & National Domestic Workers Alliance; Lorella Praeli, Co-President, Community Change; Gina Raimondo, Secretary of Commerce; Tava Rose Martinez, 5th Grade Student; Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Executive Director, Moms Rising; Alicia Garza, Black Futures Lab; Devon Still, Care Advocate, Former NFL Player; Tina Tchen, President + CEO, Times Up, Lula Brown Vann, 8th Grade Student; and April Verrett, President, SEIU Local 2015. Additional participants and featured speakers to be announced.

The #CareCantWait coalition, which is hosting the #CareCantWait Summit, is led by BeAHero, Caring Across Generations; Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP); Closing the Women’s Wealth Gap; Community Change & Economic Security Project Community Change; Family Values @ Work; MomsRising; National Domestic Workers Alliance; National Partnership for Women & Families; National Women’s Law Center; Paid Leave for All; Service Employees International Union (SEIU); Supermajority; The Arc; TIMES UP; and ZERO TO THREE. 

Last week, the #CareCantWait coalition launched a $20m effort to ensure that the Biden Administration and Congress include significant investments in America’s care infrastructure in the upcoming federal jobs, infrastructure and recovery package.  Specifically, the coalition is calling for:

  1. The investment of $400 billion in Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services to create over one million quality, union protected direct care jobs, expanding access to home and community-based services to people with disabilities and aging adults, and support unpaid family caregivers so they can re-join the labor force.
  2. Passage of the Child Care for Working Families Act to ensure that no family pays more than 7% of their income for child care, invest in building an increased supply of high quality care, and increase workforce compensation and support, including a pathway to pay parity for early educators.
  3. Passage of Paid Family and Medical Leave Legislation that would ensure all working people have access to at least 12 weeks of paid leave to bond with a new child, address a personal or family related illness, or handle needs that arise from a military deployment.

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