Obama outlined his plan to help middle-class people take care of children and 'aging loved ones' on Monday.
The initiatives come as Obama is taking a more populist turn in his rhetoric, pledging to fight for the middle class and taking a tougher line toward Wall Street.
A year into his presidency, Obama and his Democratic party are seeing an erosion of his support from middle-class Americans who swept him into office.
Frustration with the 10 percent unemployment rate and wariness toward Obama's plans to change the healthcare system helped set the stage for a shocking loss by Democrats last week in a Massachusetts Senate race.
At around noon EST, the president will outline the child-care credit and other measures that will also be discussed in his State of the Union speech on Wednesday.
A White House official said the State of the Union speech themes would include "creating good jobs, addressing the deficit, changing Washington, and fighting for middle class families."
The measures were developed by the White House Task Force on Middle Class Families, which is led by Vice President Joseph Biden.
"There are immediate steps we can take to reduce the strain on family budgets by helping middle class families manage their child and elder care responsibilities, save for retirement, and pay for college," the White House said in a statement.
The proposals would:
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