WASHINGTON – One week before President Joe Biden’s State of the Union Address, care workers across the country will have the opportunity to hear directly from President Biden, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer about the ongoing work to pass a once-in-a-generation care infrastructure proposal. This Wednesday, the Care Can’t Wait Coalition will hold its second annual virtual summit, “Time for Action,” to demand the advancement of a reconciliation package that includes historic investments in childcare, paid leave, and home and community based services. Media interested in covering this event can RSVP here.

This year’s summit will emphasize the urgency of caregiving solutions for working American families.  As we continue to recover from the pandemic, lawmakers must come together to support working parents and caregivers, reduce the cost of child care and home care, and support the sustainability and strength of our care workforce.

Hosted by Ai-jen Poo of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Care in Action, and Caring Across Generations, the summit will feature voices from across America, musicians, senior elected leaders, and organizing actions that tell the story of the need and momentum around passing critical policies. President Biden and other speakers will join the summit virtually via pre-recorded remarks. Speaker clips will be available upon request.

Full details are as follows:


President of the United States Joe Biden

Vice President of the United States Kamala Harris

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg

Speaker of the U.S. House Nancy Pelosi (CA-12)

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (NY)

U.S. Senator Patty Murray (WA)

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (OR)

U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (NH)

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY)

U.S. House Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08)

U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13)

U.S. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-09)

U.S. Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07)

U.S. Congresswoman Lois Frankel (FL-21)

U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12)

U.S. Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45)

U.S. Congresswoman Nikema Williams (GA-05)

U.S. Congressman Jamal Bowman (NY-16)

Eve Rodsky – Author, Fair Play

SuChin Pak – Journalist

Yvette Nicole Brown – Writer, Actress

Anika Noni Rose – Actress, Singer

Ai-jen Poo – Senior Advisor and Founder, Care in Action and the National Domestic Workers Alliance

Maria Town – President and CEO, American Association of People with Disabilities

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner – Executive Director, MomsRising

Fatima Goss Graves – President, National Women’s Law Center

Jocelyn Frye – President, National Partnership for Women & Families

Dawn Hucklebridge – Director, Paid Leave for All

Bethany Lilly – Senior Director, The Arc

Ady Barkan – Activist and Co-Founder, Be a Hero PAC


Care Can’t Wait Coalition Annual Summit: Time for Action


Wednesday, February 23
11:00 AM ET

Care Can’t Wait is a coalition of organizations, stakeholders and advocates committed to building a comprehensive, 21st century care infrastructure — that means robust investments to expand access to childcare, paid family and medical leave, and home- and community-based services (HCBS), and ensure good jobs for the care workforce. Learn more at www.carecantwait.org.