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Paid Family Leave Event


Please join us in Annapolis for lunch, a movie, and a hearing. 

The General Assembly's Joint Committee on Children, Youth, and Families will hold a hearing on Paid Family and Medical Leave on October 16 at 1:00. This is not a hearing on a specific piece of legislation. Instead, legislators will learn about progress made in other states, be briefed on where Maryland stands, and hear from a panel of advocates who will discuss the importance of paid family and medical leave for all of us who need it.

Before the hearing, we invite you to join the Time to Care Coalition for lunch and a screening of an excerpt from the award-winning film Zero Weeks.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Lowe House Office Building
6 Bladen Street, Annapolis, MD 21401

Coalition Briefing, Movie Screening, and Lunch from 11:30 am - 12:45 pm
Baltimore County Delegation Room (Room 180)

Joint Committee on Children, Youth, and Families Hearing 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Appropriations Hearing Room (Room 120)

Please register by October 11 so that we have an accurate headcount for lunch.

Questions? Please contact Beth Morrow at

More information at

To view the movie trailer, visit zeroweeks.

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Paid Family Leave is a key policy response to the NEAR (neurobiology, epigenetics, ACEs, and resilience) Science, as the time it provides for parent-child bonding helps to ensure the healthy development of babies and families.   These  parent-child relationships nurture early brain connections that form the foundation for all learning and relationships that follow.  According to research by Joanne Klevens, et. al., state paid family leave policies have also been shown to reduce ACEs (child abuse).  New parents and caregivers are on the front line of preparing our future workers, innovators, and citizens, and we should all be invested in that!

I'll be there, Beth, and hope many others from Maryland Essentials for Childhood and Maryland ACEs Action will join us to support healthy development and reduce ACEs!

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