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David Gray is the Director of the Workforce and Family Program at the New America Foundation in Washington DC. A lawyer and Presbyterian pastor, David is a former Acting Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Labor and aid to several members of Congress.

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Is Child-care Policy Today Similar to Past Education Reform?

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2012 | 4:03 PM

Recent discussions about reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), the main federal legislation helping support America's child-care system, remind me of where we were in the late 1990s and early 2000s, before reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (the main federal K-12 education support...

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Child Care Missing From Party Platforms

(8) Comments | Posted September 12, 2012 | 9:38 AM

The conventions are over and the platforms have been approved. The Republican and Democratic platforms were disappointing this year in their lack of focus on child care. At a time when 11 million American children under the age of 5 spend part of their day most weeks in child care,...

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Reframing 'Going Forward' in the Election

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2012 | 10:30 AM

Selecting Paul Ryan as his running mate allows Mitt Romney to reframe the 2012 presidential race. The pick allows Romney to counter President Obama's framing about the Democratic future vs. a Republican past. The Obama 2012 theme, "Forward," is intended both to deflect criticism from Obama of America's 8 percent+...

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More Women Deciding They Can't Have It All

(5) Comments | Posted August 7, 2012 | 11:25 AM

A lot of attention has been paid recently to Yahoo announcing that now-former Google executive Marissa Mayer has become its CEO and Mayer's subsequent announcement that she was six months pregnant. Such news shines new light on the question now very much in the news of whether women can "have...

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Closing the Gender Gap

(1) Comments | Posted April 19, 2012 | 12:19 PM

If I were Mitt Romney and looking to close a 19 percentage point gap with President Obama in support from women I would:

1. Develop an affirmative policy agenda of ideas that help women, and men, yet won't alienate his party base. An agenda that builds on past...

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Federal Funding, Child Care and Jobs

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2012 | 2:38 PM

Even as our nation's unemployment rate has fallen to 8.5%, unemployment remains stubbornly high in many areas. States like California, Nevada and Mississippi, in addition to Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, experience unemployment rates significantly above the national average.

Squeezed state child care budgets are not helping....

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Progress on Child Care Policy

(2) Comments | Posted October 8, 2011 | 7:46 PM

Over the past few months there has been surprising progress made in the area of child care policy. Since the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) act became law in 1990 and was expanded and reauthorized in 1996 as part of welfare reform, there has been little real progress on...

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The Need for More Men to Be Interested in Child Care Policy

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2011 | 7:59 PM

Today at the New America Foundation in Washington we held an event on child care policy in the context of the President's recent Race to the Top challenge grant. 170 people RSVPed for the event. 141 watched on the internet. 119 attended in person. However, counting myself, there were only...

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This Lent, Give Up Your Inflexible Workday

(1) Comments | Posted March 8, 2011 | 5:06 PM

This Wednesday at noon, millions of Christians will mark the beginning of Lent with traditional Ash Wednesday midday services. Many will attend services this evening. Yet others will try to observe right from the shrine of our work desks -- mouse in hand, eyes glued to screen.

This has less...

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Reducing Unemployment in the New Year

(24) Comments | Posted January 3, 2011 | 1:19 PM

As the New Year begins, Congress and the administration will renew their focus on jobs. From Main Street to Wall Street there is agreement that America needs more of them. Near double digit unemployment is painful and discouraging to unemployed and employed Americans. There is bipartisan agreement that employment is...

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The Bushs' Swing Represents a Party's Shift

(2) Comments | Posted August 17, 2010 | 1:32 PM

Watching the recent and upcoming GOP primaries -such as John McCain's in Arizona- and as we approach the November midterm elections, it's fascinating to think about the ideological shift in the GOP over the past two generations. McCain ran in 2000 as a relative moderate against more conservative George W....

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The Next Grover Cleveland?

(4) Comments | Posted August 3, 2010 | 2:45 PM

Could you see Barack Obama being elected President for two different, separate administrations?

There is a lot of buzz now that the negative poll numbers the President is receiving could mean he loses his bid for reelection in 2012. Could you see him losing in 2012, but winning in 2016?

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What LeBron James' Decision Means for the Midwest

(12) Comments | Posted July 19, 2010 | 11:29 AM

A child of the Midwest grows up in Middle America, thrives, receives disproportionate attention and investment from the community, realizes his or her potential and then moves away to a "sunnier" state in his or her prime. That is what we saw as LeBron James chose to move to South...
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An Issue for the 2010 Midterm Elections

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2010 | 1:43 PM

The story of last evening's primary elections was the success of female candidates. Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln, California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman, California senatorial nominee Carly Fiorina, South Carolina's gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley and Nevada senatorial candidate Sharron Angle were all nominated (or at least in a runoff in Haley's...

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Discussions and Prospects for Extended Time Off Policy

(10) Comments | Posted June 4, 2010 | 4:35 PM

During the 2008 campaign and as President, Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have called for mandated paid leave as a key part of their approach to work family balance issues. U.S. Department of Labor Deputy Secretary Seth Harris testified before Congress last November that federally mandated paid leave...

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Promoting Work Life Balance in the Public Square

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2010 | 6:35 PM

Last week, writers in both The Washington Post and Daily Beast argued that having more mothers on the U.S. Supreme Court would be positive in helping the Court understand the needs of families and add an important new kind of diversity. Having a mother of school age children as...

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For Mother's Day, Hope for Work-Life Balance and Workplace Flexibility

(1) Comments | Posted May 8, 2010 | 12:50 PM

As we approach Mother's Day, the biggest gift that many moms are looking for is a gift of time and balance. There is a mismatch between the structure of American work and the needs of most families. Fortunately, there may be increasing hope for parents and others struggling with work...

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A New Work Life Balance Bill

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2010 | 10:00 AM

This morning, the White House announced a forum on Workplace Flexibility scheduled for March 31. For those who have worked on work life balance issues, this focus on the issue by the White House is an exciting development.

Within Congress, there are current legislative efforts to expand paid and...

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Now Onto Immigration

(11) Comments | Posted March 23, 2010 | 10:11 AM

Now that the main legislative push on health care is completed, the oxygen should return to the legislative process on a host of other domestic issues. Prime among them is immigration. Even as Congress was finishing its work on health care, tens of thousands of people rallied this past weekend...

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Obama Faith Based Office Missing on Opportunity on Workplace Flexibility

(1) Comments | Posted March 11, 2010 | 2:35 PM

This week the Advisory Council to the Obama Administration's Faith Based Office released its recommendations to the President. Its a good document and contains a lot of thoughtful recommendations.

As I read through the report and focused on the recommendations for the Fatherhood section, I was struck by the...

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