Patrick T. Brown

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Patrick T. Brown is a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where his work focuses on developing a robust pro-family economic agenda and supporting families as the cornerstone of a healthy and flourishing society.

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Patrick T. Brown is a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where his work focuses on developing a robust pro-family economic agenda and supporting families as the cornerstone of a healthy and flourishing society.

Prior to joining EPPC, Brown served as a Senior Policy Advisor to Congress’ Joint Economic Committee (JEC), where he published reports on child care affordability and education policy. He helped lead research about how to make it more affordable to raise a family and more effectively invest in youth and young adults for the JEC’s Social Capital Project.

He has written and spoken on pro-family tax policy, child care and education policy, welfare reform, pro-life advocacy efforts, and other topics. He is also a contributing editor to American Compass, where he inaugurated the “Edgerton Essays” series, featuring first-person essays from working-class Americans.

In addition to his experience on Capitol Hill, he has worked in a diocesan communications office and as a government relations staffer for Catholic Charities USA and is a book reviewer for Catholic News Service.

Brown graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in political science and economics. He also holds a Master’s in Public Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He and his wife Jessica have three young children and live in Columbia, S.C.

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Early Childhood Districts: A Capita Symposium

Patrick T. Brown

It is difficult to look at the existing public education system and recommend it as a model for ensuring high-quality child care for newborns, toddlers, and preschoolers.

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Capita / September 8, 2021

Working Americans Are Speaking. Are Politicians Listening?

Patrick T. Brown

For a “populist” agenda to be more than a noisy veneer on pre-existing preferences, partisans of the right and left need to recognize the distance between their favored narratives and the ones that keep working-class Americans up at night.

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Newsweek / August 23, 2021

More Beautiful Backyards

Patrick T. Brown

To be successful, the pro-housing movement must respect the desire of homeowners to influence the look and feel of their neighborhood. Showing such flexibility will help smooth the path for more housing, in more styles, and in more neighborhoods, across the United States.

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City Journal / August 12, 2021

Where School Choice Legislation Falls Short

Patrick T. Brown

A conservative educational agenda needs to move beyond choice alone and toward a system of educational pluralism in which government dollars are used to support a multiplicity of schooling options.

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Washington Examiner / August 6, 2021

Where Should New Parents Settle Post-COVID?

Patrick T. Brown

As the ripple effects from COVID start to fade, making more communities attractive to couples and families who want to move should become a priority of any pro-family policy agenda.

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Institute for Family Studies / August 5, 2021

How Conservatives Could Solve the Child Care Crunch

Patrick T. Brown

If conservatives are serious about opposing progressives’ prescriptions for big-government solutions to child care affordability, they need to come up with proactive ideas beyond just tax credits.

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Newsweek / July 12, 2021

The Communitarian Case for a Universal Child Benefit

Patrick T. Brown

A conservative family policy should be about supporting families as the core building block of a flourishing society — and recognizing the work parents put into rearing the next generation.

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Real Clear Policy / June 18, 2021

Child Care Pluralism: Supporting Working Families in Their Full Diversity

Patrick T. Brown

Expanding the array of options available to American families, whether it be care by a relative or parent, or a daycare or child care center, should be a prime focus of public policy.

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