Good things are happening! Pandemic-era child care programs yielded great results, and efforts are afoot to keep the benefits coming. Plus, a radical new vision for the nation’s ports is taking shape; an anti-trans effort dies on the vine; and fracking companies could lose one of their favorite loopholes, avoiding a potential “zombie apocalypse.”

Child Care Funding Is Worth It

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress approved $52 billion in funding to alleviate the financial blow and help low-income working families obtain child care. Now a new government report has proved this unprecedented investment in the nation’s youth was worth it. And while many of these pandemic-era programs are set to expire, many states are now prioritizing child care programs in their budgets.