California was the first state to broadly promote family and community well-being by providing paid time off for working people to care for an ill family member or for a child who is new to the family. Implemented in 2004, California’s paid family leave program built on the state’s longstanding disability insurance program, which allows parents to take paid time off before and after childbirth. Since California led the way on paid family leave, seven other states and Washington, D.C. have passed their own paid family leave policies. Research shows that paid leave, among other benefits, can help to foster healthy communities by promoting positive health outcomes for families. This brief highlights the health benefits of paid leave for children and birthing parents.
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Support for this work is provided by First 5 California.