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Childcare Fuels Economic Growth

A new report from the Washington Center for Equitable Growth details how investments in child care fuel economic growth both in the short and long term, making it a powerful factor in the American post-pandemic recovery. Their research shows that $1 in spending on early care and education yields $8.60 in economic activity, and also highlights the positive developmental outcomes and increased school preparedness for young children who participate in pre-K programs. Read the full report for more on how child care is an engine of economic growth, or check out their shorter fact sheet on the key takeaways from their research. For more state and local policy guidelines and solutions to the child care crisis, see the recommendations released last year by the NewDEAL Forum Renewing America Task Force and an op-ed by NewDEALers Brooke Lierman and Melisa Franzen.

Promoting Racial Equity in St. Louis

Since NewDEALer St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones was elected in April, she has prioritized pursuing racial equity and addressing the systemic racism that not only keeps many vulnerable communities in poverty, but also keeps the entire city from achieving its economic potential. Her equity scorecard seeks to educate the public on the problem and highlights the racial disparities that drive the decisions she makes, working to address gaps in rent burdens, unemployment, home loan denial, and more. Read more from the Brookings Institution on how her scorecard, her passion for addressing discrimination to lift all of St. Louis up, and the policy decisions she’s made so far can be examples for others seeking to put an end to systemic inequality and resulting poverty in their cities, counties, and states.

NewDEALer in the Spotlight

Kate Gallego, Mayor (Phoenix, AZ)

First in the Nation Heat Mitigation Office

In Phoenix, where rising temperatures and extreme heat due to climate change are threatening the City’s economic vitality and health of its residents, NewDEAL Leader Mayor Kate Gallego this week announced the establishment of a Heat Response & Mitigation Office. The new department, the first of its kind in the nation, will examine scientific ways to address rising temperatures and the serious dangers they can pose to residents. “Already, Phoenix is recognized as a leader in cooling strategies and support for heat vulnerable residents,” Gallego said, “and this investment is reflective of Phoenix’s continued commitment to develop innovative solutions to ensure our city’s health and livability.” Read more about the new office and how Phoenix continues to be a leader in heat mitigation.