Some believe the private sector should do more for working parents. Here’s what that could look like

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The cost of raising a child in the US is rising, and the lack of a strong social safety net makes the prospect of having a family harder than in other industrialized nations.

While new parents in some states are able to take paid leave after having a child, no such program exists at the federal level. High childcare costs make staying in the workforce untenable for some parents, and public funding intended to alleviate this burden remains unreliable.

In light of these challenges, some lawmakers believe the private sector needs to play a stronger role in supporting working parents. Virginia Gov.

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