National Partnership for Women & Families
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Back-to-School Toolkit

When a child gets sick, many parents are filled with dread. But for parents whose jobs do not offer paid sick days, these fears are compounded by worries about how they will care for a sick child and make ends meet.

That’s why fall is a good time of year to raise awareness about the need for paid sick days. To make your conversations easier, we've put together a back-to-school toolkit. More


Do you know how many workers in your state lack paid sick days? Or the cost and savings of a minimum paid sick days standard? These step-by-step guides can help you find the answers!

Developed by the Institute for Women's Policy Research, the following guides provide a straightforward process for estimating how many workers in your state have a paid sick days policy — and how many do not. These step-by-step guides show you how to:

Once you’ve gathered your data, the accompanying template offers an easy, straightforward way to use it in a short narrative that includes explanations of the numbers and methodology used.

(Note: Paid sick days for non-agricultural wage and salary workers who are not employed in private households are considered as data on other workers and are not available.)