Press Release

NWLC Convenes Pittsburgh Roundtable on Importance of Families’ Access to High-Quality Child Care for the Business Community

Posted on December 5, 2017 Issues: Child Care & Early Learning

(Pittsburgh, PA) Today, the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), in partnership with PepsiCo, convened a roundtable in Pittsburgh to discuss the importance of increased state and federal investments in child care for families, providers, and the business community. The event, held from 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. ET at PNC’s offices downtown, featured child care advocates, parents, providers, policy makers, and members of the local business community.

Participants included:

  • The Honorable Jay Costa, Pennsylvania State Senator (opening remarks)
  • Tom Lamb, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, PNC Financial Services Group
  • The Honorable Sala Udin, Pittsburgh School Board Member
  • Cara Ciminillo, Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Jeanine McCreary, President of the McCreary Group
  • Becky Flaherty, Executive Director of Shady Lane School
  • Lauren Bethea, Parent

The following is a quote by Helen Blank, Director of Child Care and Early Learning, National Women’s Law Center:

“The National Women’s Law Center is excited to be partnering with PepsiCo in Pittsburgh, a city with strong leadership on child care and early learning. We know that there is always more to be done to ensure that all families have access to affordable, high-quality child care and I am excited about new conversations to move this issue higher on the agenda for new investments.”

The following is a quote by Kenny Thompson, Senior Director of Government and External Affairs, PepsiCo:

“We at PepsiCo are thrilled to be joining the National Women’s Law Center in Pittsburgh to highlight the importance of access to high-quality, affordable child care to support both our current and future workforce. This is such a vibrant community intent on improving the lives of its citizens. We hope these conversations and new connections will continue here in Pittsburgh and the state among child care advocates and the business community, and ultimately facilitate forward progress on this issue driving better outcome for families, workers, and the economy.”

The roundtable also highlighted some key statistics about the state of child care in Pennsylvania:

  • $11,978 – Average annual cost of center-based infant child care in Pennsylvania
  • $40,840 – Income limit up to which a family of three in Pennsylvania can qualify for child care assistance
  • $10.25 – Average hourly wage for child care teachers in Pennsylvania, $0.77 less than the national average
  • 5,652 – Children or families on the waiting list for child care in Pennsylvania as of September 2017
  • $7.56 billion – Potential increase in Pennsylvania’s economy if child care costs did not exceed more than 10 percent of family income
  • 856,529 Number of Pennsylvania children under the age of six
  • 4% Percent of Pennsylvania’s working mothers of very young children (ages 0-3) employed in low-wage occupations

This roundtable convening was made possible through generous support from PepsiCo, with an eye toward raising awareness of the urgent need to expand investments to support access to high-quality child care and bringing a diverse set of local stakeholder voices together to advance this issue.


For immediate release: December 5, 2017
Contact:  Maria Patrick ( or Olympia Feil (

The National Women’s Law Center is a non-profit organization that has been working since 1972 to advance and protect women’s equality and opportunity.  The Center focuses on major policy areas of importance to women and their families including economic security, education, employment and health, with special attention given to the concerns of low-income women.  For more information on the Center, visit:

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