Family Policy and Caregiving

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The Better Life Lab elevates the conversation around care work to broaden the political and cultural understanding of family. We identify policy, knowledge, and data gaps in access to quality family supports in order to rewire social policy to meet the needs of diverse twenty-first century families.

Related Initiatives

Family-Centered Social Policy

Child Care

The New America Care Report and Care Index

In collaboration with and others, the Better Life Lab developed an index of the cost, quality, and availability of child care in all 50 states and D.C., finding no state does well in all three categories. Our New America Care Report included independent analysis, data visualizations, policy recommendations, and documented real-life experiences of parents and child care providers.

Read the New America Care Report

Explore the Care Index

Paid Leave

Paid Family Leave: How Much Time is Enough?

The Better Life Lab’s Paid Family Leave project provides a comprehensive review of the scientific evidence and comparison of leave policies across the United States in response to the question: How much paid family leave is enough? Explore our research brief, timeline, and op-ed comparing infant milestones, maternal health and wellbeing, durations of paid leave, and expert recommendations.

Read the Paid Family Leave Brief

Explore the Paid Family Leave Timeline

Read Better Life Lab's opinion on Slate

Recent Writing

The Case Against Maternity Leave

The Care Economy in 2030 

Imagining an Egalitarian World

Why I Locked My Father Away

Reimagining What Families Can-and do-Look Like 

How State and Local Paid Family Leave Policies Can Move Us Forward