Data show that state paid leave programs help to increase labor force participation among women, improve economic stability for families, strengthen businesses and grow state economies WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 5, 2024 – New analysis from the National...
Parents have been going nonstop since the pandemic began.
COVID won't slow down. Monkeypox is causing new worries and anxiety. The price of seemingly every basic necessity is up. And with back to school season upon us, many parents across the country will once again face the reality that they have to sacrifice vital income just to stay home if their child gets sick – or care for themselves if their kids bring home an illness. On top of that, teachers without paid sick days are worried about whether they can keep themselves and their students safe from infection – and many are coming to the conclusion that they can't.
We've been working to fix this – and now we're calling on you.
Parents, grandparents, caregivers, school staff and community advocates, we need your help now more than ever.
How? It's simple.
Get involved in the fight for paid sick days
1. Use our resources and get the word out to your lawmakers.
- Read our fact sheet: Paid Sick Days to Care for a Child at Home
- Write letters to your elected officials (download Word document)
- Write a letter to the editor of your hometown newspaper (sample)
2. Get other parents involved.
- Use these suggested Talking Points and Questions for PTA Meetings & Parent/School Gatherings (Word | PDF)
3. Follow us on social media, for easy ways to help us fight for policies that matter to you and your family.
Get informed about paid sick days
- Are there paid sick days laws where you live? Click here to find out.
- Parents can’t afford to take time off – and the other reasons we need national paid sick days.
- The Facts: Paid Sick Days to Care for a Child at Home
- Resource: Understanding the Difference Between Paid Sick Days & Paid Family and Medical Leave