"I don’t think there is anything more important than working to provide every child in this country and beyond the chance to do what that child is meant to do, because I think every child has a God-given purpose and a God-given potential. That means every child deserves a good teacher and a good school regardless of the zip code that child lives in. That means every child deserves the health care that will keep that child healthy, will deal with whatever befalls him or her. That means that the child’s parents and grandparents deserve good jobs with rising incomes to provide a good, solid life for their son and daughter, for their grandchild." —Hillary
We’re going to do everything we can to make sure every young person in this country has the skills and the education they need to succeed, from preschool to college. We need to expand access to high-quality early childhood education. Every kid should have a good school and good teachers from K-12 in his or her zip code. Community college should be free. Four-year college should be debt-free, so you don’t have to borrow a penny to go to a public college or university. And if you already have student debt, you should be able to refinance it to relieve that burden. It's time to make sure costs or where you live aren't a barrier to a good education, and debt doesn't hold you back.
"I find the divisive rhetoric, the hateful rhetoric, the finger-pointing, the scapegoating of people, the inciting of violence among Americans to be totally wrong. It has no place in our politics. We can disagree, of course we can. But remember what Abraham Lincoln, the first Republican said: a house divided against itself cannot stand…We are better than that." —Hillary
Right now, in many states, child care is more expensive than college tuition. Think about that for a minute. We know that college is too expensive—but for many families, child care costs even more. That puts parents in an impossible position: Either they put their kids in a not-so-great place and spend the whole day worried and distracted, or they do whatever it takes to pay for child care, even if that means taking on debt. Or they decide that they just can’t afford it, so one parent has to stay home, even though a lot of families need two incomes to get by (and staying out of the workforce for a longer period makes it harder to jump back in later on). And of course, for single-parent families, all these choices are even starker. Enough is enough. It’s time we make quality child care affordable for every family in America.
We need to do a better job supporting working families, and that includes making sure that if you're working full-time, you shouldn't have to struggle to make ends meet. Donald Trump says he doesn't think there needs to be a federal floor for the minimum wage, and even that wages are too high (seriously). That's backward. We need to raise the minimum wage, lift millions of families out of poverty, and make the economy work for everyone, not just the extremely wealthy.