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The Child Care Crunch: Choices for Low-Wage Working Mothers

In the five years following the passage of federal welfare reform law, the labor force participation of low-income, single mothers with young children increased by more than 25 percent. In Putting Children First, Ajay Chaudry follows forty-two low-income families in New York City over three years to try and show the struggles of these mothers and the ways in which they respond to the challenge of providing for their children's needs with little resources at hand. Please join us for a discussion with Ajay on welfare reform as he discusses his findings and offers some suggestions to address our flawed social policy regarding low-wage working women.


The New America Foundation
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Washington, DC, 20009


  • Ajay Chaudry
    Faculty and Senior Fellow in Urban Policy and Management, New School University; and Author, Putting Children First: How Low-Wage Working Mothers Manage Child Care