The Caring Economy Campaign (CEC) of the Center for Partnership Studies (CPS), together with CEC coalition members, held a Congressional Briefing on Capitol Hill on “The Economic Return from Investing in Care Work and Early Childhood Education.” The event was introduced by Congressman Jim Moran of Virginia, and featured Dr. Riane Eisler. It highlighted the new CPS-Urban Institute report: National Indicators and Social Wealth, summarizing a two-day meeting in Washington, D.C. of experts on national indicators from the U.S. Department of Commerce, other government agencies, think tanks, and leading universities. National Indicators and Social Wealth recommends “a coordinated effort that can change the way we think about and measure our economy, providing more realistic tools to navigate a very different social, political and economic reality than existed at the birth of the GDP.”
A panel discussion followed Dr. Eisler’s presentation moderated by René Redwood, featuring Dr. W. Steven Barnett co-director of the National Institute of Early Education Research (NIEER), Dr. Sara Meléndez, a prominent Latina leader and advisor to the Caring Economy Campaign, and Shireen Mitchell, Co-Chair of the National Council of Women’s Organizations (NCWO) and founder of Digital Sisters. The briefing also featured the new report from NIEER: Getting the Facts Right on Pre-K and the President’s Pre-K Proposal. Co-sponsors of this briefing include NCWO, NIEER, Digital Sisters, National Association of Mother’s Centers, Center for Economic Policy Research, Gender Action, Family Values @ Work, and True Child.