6 episodes

Childcare in America is a hot mess and senior care is no better. Parents and caregivers have known this, well, forever, but finally everyone gets it: no care, no work. It’s that simple. And that’s complicated. On Why Care?, co-hosts Reshma Saujani (founder, Marshall Plan for Moms and Girls Who Code) and Tim Allen (Care.com CEO) ask tough questions to understand why we can’t—or won’t—take care of our own and what this failure is costing us all. Guests include thought leaders, journalists, economists, employers, and those on the front lines as we try to decipher how we got here… and more importantly, how we can fix it.

Why Care? with Reshma Saujani and Tim Allen Care.com

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.7 • 12 Ratings

Childcare in America is a hot mess and senior care is no better. Parents and caregivers have known this, well, forever, but finally everyone gets it: no care, no work. It’s that simple. And that’s complicated. On Why Care?, co-hosts Reshma Saujani (founder, Marshall Plan for Moms and Girls Who Code) and Tim Allen (Care.com CEO) ask tough questions to understand why we can’t—or won’t—take care of our own and what this failure is costing us all. Guests include thought leaders, journalists, economists, employers, and those on the front lines as we try to decipher how we got here… and more importantly, how we can fix it.

    Does the Modern Workplace Work for Parents

    Does the Modern Workplace Work for Parents

    Since 2020 when everyone was sent home, there’s been one change after another in how we live and work, right up to our current “new normal” of remote or hybrid work. While it’s too soon to tell if this is a permanent change, given the overwhelming number of working parents, it begs the question: Does the modern workplace work for parents? Reshma, Tim and guest
    Blessing Adesiyan, founder of Mother Honestly (now MH Work Life), dig into new research from MH and Care.com that takes a hard look at where things stand. What are the pros and cons to having more flexibility and more control of your schedule? How has this enhanced your family, your career, or both? What about the gender gap? And while you may be flourishing, is your
    employer? Does the modern workplace work for them too? Three years of turmoil and change…are we finally on solid footing? Is everybody winning? Tune in and find out, and hear Reshma and Tim’s thoughts on the conversations they’ve had throughout Season 1 of Why Care?.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Childcare, a true bipartisan issue…so why hasn’t the government fixed it?

    Childcare, a true bipartisan issue…so why hasn’t the government fixed it?

    Supporting families is one of the few true bipartisan issues so why has the government still failed to
    create a care system that actually works? Sure, it’s a huge and complex undertaking, but America’s
    created challenging systems at scale before. We built a public school system. We built Social Security.
    We built Homeland Security. Why is care – something that impacts everyone and drives overall
    economic growth – a problem no one is taking on? Reshma and Tim get the inside scoop from two
    people who work directly with both Republican and Democratic leaders. Programming Note: This
    episode was recorded just prior to the November mid-term elections.

    • 35 min
    Choosing between a paycheck and your child….not anymore

    Choosing between a paycheck and your child….not anymore

    Without much help from the government, parents – especially moms -- have historically been left to
    their own devices to navigate between raising their kids and holding down jobs. But in recent years,
    more and more employers have stepped up to support working parents with childcare benefits, and for
    many, it’s become the difference between collecting a paycheck or not. Reshma and Tim talk with
    innovative leaders at Best Buy and Synchrony about what it means to truly care about your workers and
    the payoffs when you do.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    The Changing Landscape of Parenting and Work

    The Changing Landscape of Parenting and Work

    So much of the childcare conversation these last few years has focused on moms…and perhaps that’s
    part of the problem. Both moms and dads are impacted when childcare falls apart, but at the peak of
    the pandemic childcare crisis, they were forced to find ways to share the caregiving load. New York
    Times journalist Claire Cain Miller talks with Reshma and Tim about how having all parents involved in
    childcare could be a key to lasting change.

    • 55 min
    What the Childcare Crisis Costs Us All

    What the Childcare Crisis Costs Us All

    Renowned economist Betsey Stevenson talks with Reshma and Tim about how much we cost our children and working women because America hasn’t prioritized investing in childcare.

    • 54 min
    Welcome to Why Care? (and why you should care)

    Welcome to Why Care? (and why you should care)

    Meet the hosts of Why Care? who are parents first, influencers second, and ready to lead a care revolution.

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

JNV0111 ,

My new favorite podcast!

I relate to SO much of what is discussed in each episode! I appreciate this conversation and am grateful for the research and data to back it up. Definitely hoping this brings much more awareness to these issues! Love it all!!

OJDPB ,

Relatable and validating!

I thought this might be dry, but turns out Tim and Reshma are super funny, vulnerable and engaging! It feels so good to hear that ALL working parents are struggling. Really enjoyed hearing their personal stories and looking forward to their guests! PLEASE LET’S FIX THIS CRISIS! It will help EVERYONE.

melbel ,

Could be great

I agree with so much of the podcast issues and points but the negative talk about republicans is off putting and makes me want to turn it off. Very little of what they discuss and propose do I as a republican woman disagree with but the out of touch discussion about how republicans “pretend to be the party” about families is unnecessary and divisive. These necessary changes will never be accomplished by one side without the other. Also clearly neither host has much interaction with any other political side because they would speak more kindly of other ideas if they did.

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