Catherine White is the Director of Federal Child Care Policy at the National Women’s Law Center. Catherine brings deep expertise on child care and early learning from years of working at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the US Department of Labor (DOL).
While at OMB, she managed the early childhood portfolio totaling over $70 billion annually, including the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), Head Start, preschool, WIC, and child related tax credits. She developed the Federal budget for these programs, including new legislative proposals to expand access to high-quality, affordable child care and proposals to expand the duration of Head Start services. She provided technical assistance on legislation and crafted other policy changes to ensure that Federal programs meet the needs of low-income women and children, including helping to revise the Head Start Performance Standards and develop new CCDBG regulations.
From her work at DOL specializing in issues affecting low-wage workers, she brings a focus on the needs of the child care workforce. While at DOL, she worked on strategies to effectively enforce, and policies to strengthen, Federal minimum wage, overtime, family and medical leave, and other labor laws. She also developed and managed an initiative to combat worker misclassification.