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Fed Listens: Exploring Challenges Facing the Childcare Industry, Working Parents, and Employers

Wednesday, 07/10/24
1:30 PM
Welcome
Speaker
Austan Goolsbee, President and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Speaker
Governor Michelle (Miki) Bowman, Federal Reserve Board of Governors
1:45 PM
Panel: What Can the Data Tell Us About Childcare Availability and Access?
Moderator
Robin Newberger, Policy Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Panelists
Dan Hartley, Senior Economist and Economic Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Kelli Marquardt, Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
2:30 PM
Break
2:45 PM
Panel: Childcare Innovations from the 7th District
Moderator
Susan Longworth, Policy Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Panelists
Amandula Anderson, Executive Director Indiana Region, IFF
Shannon Garrett, Senior Program Manager, MI Tri-Share
Mary Janssen, Regional Director, Childcare Resource & Referral of Northwest Iowa
Bela Moté, Chief Executive Officer, Carole Robertson Center
4:00 PM
Panel: Persistent Challenges and New Opportunities for Childcare
Moderator
Suchi Saxena, Vice President, Community Development Policy and Engagement, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Panelists
Joan Blough, Senior Director, Child Care Innovation Fund, Early Childhood Investment Corporation
Rob Grunewald, Economics and Public Policy Consultant, Rob Grunewald Consulting LLC
Seung Kim, Senior Vice President, National Programs, Local Initiatives Support Corporation
4:50 PM
Closing remarks
5:00 PM
Reception

Fed Listens

On Wednesday, July 10, 2024, from 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm CT, the Chicago Fed hosted a half-day conference bringing together sector leaders and local providers to share insights from their work addressing challenges faced by the childcare industry, working parents, and employers. This Fed Listens event included observations emerging from the Chicago Fed’s Spotlight on Childcare and the Labor Market, a targeted effort to understand how access to childcare can affect employment and the economy.

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