President Biden’s Build Back Better Framework, currently in the bill stage, introduces major expansions to U.S. social programs, including those created to assist children and their caregivers. The original bill proposed 12 weeks of paid family leave, which affords compensated time off to care for newborn or adopted children and ill family members. However, after heated contention in the House prior to its passing, this provision was ultimately reduced to four weeks.
Welcome to the fall semester! This time of year always feels like a new beginning—a fresh start after the summer, perhaps the start of new projects. Even though the work is ongoing, there’s a sensation that something is different. Certainly, as the pandemic continues, we have learned to live with ever-changing guidelines and protocols (more on that in a second)—but to borrow a quote from the singer Lizzo, “I got a feelin’ we’re gon’ be alright”!
Why caregiving became a crisis in our country, what the federal government is going to do about it, and how Penn Nursing is shaping the conversation.
Happy new year and welcome to the Spring semester!
“On December 28th, , I received my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and it was…anticlimactic. There were no fireworks. No tears of joy. The biggest thrill was seeing a few co-workers that I had not seen in a while.