Paid Leave Victory in New York is a Big Win for Children's Health and Development

Statement from James P. Steyer, Founder and CEO of Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media
Friday, April 1, 2016

James P. Steyer, Founder and CEO of Common Sense Media, released the following statement hailing the passage of a NY budget with paid leave and a minimum wage hike:

"Passage of New York's brand new paid family and medical law for all New Yorkers is a major political victory for kids and families that will significantly help young children's health and long-term development. Congratulations to Gov. Cuomo, bi-partisan members of the New York Senate and Assembly, and to our fellow advocates throughout the state and the country who worked so hard and came together on behalf of kids and families to pass the strongest state paid family and medical leave law yet in America. The New York budget deal, with job-protected paid leave for up to 12 weeks for all New Yorkers, and with a raise in the state's minimum wage, is a major achievement for kids and families and an example for the rest of the country to follow. Congratulations to New York."

Paid leave is a top advocacy priority for Common Sense Kids Action as research shows that giving working families critical time to spend with newborn and newly adopted kids benefits their children's long-term development. Paid leave allows parents of a newborn or newly adopted child to have critical bonding time, helps with children's emotional and cognitive development, speeds up sick children's recovery time and reduces future illnesses, increases the likelihood that newborns will receive regular pediatric checkups and immunizations, encourages more mothers to breastfeed and to continue breastfeeding for approximately twice as long as those who do not take leave, and, causes men, who take two or more weeks off after the birth of a child, to be more involved with their new child than fathers who do not take any leave.

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