For many North Carolinians, the cost of taking care of their families is astronomical. President Biden’s American Families Plan will invest in North Carolina families and help cover the basic expenses like health insurance premiums, child care, and education that place an outsized burden on middle class families.
“For far too long, North Carolina families have been trying to just make it work — taking on the almost impossible task of balancing family and work,” said NCDP Chair Bobbie Richardson. “President Biden’s American Families Plan will lift up North Carolina families, investing in necessary programs like paid leave, universal preschool, affordable child care, and increased access to education, no matter where you come from or how much money you make. While America is back on track, we have the opportunity now to invest in a future that gives every child an opportunity to succeed, and we will be stronger for it.”
For North Carolinians like Deshara Bishop, the American Families Plan would be life changing: “Deshare Bishop works overnights at a warehouse. The 28-year-old single mom took the job to provide for her one- and six-year-old boys. She relies on family, friends and neighbors to be with them at her Raleigh, North Carolina, home while she works — but during the day, she can’t afford child care. Child care for just her younger son would cost more than $1,000 a month.” She is not alone. In North Carolina, the average two-parent household spends 10 percent of their income on child care each year.
Read more about how the American Families Plan would help North Carolina.