The upside of the pandemic for child care is increased attention and calls for support. This is an opportunity for funders to help reshape the field and create a system that is more equitable, affordable, and accessible for all families. The downside is that pre-existing problems (an unsustainable business model, questions around quality, professionals not earning a living wage, and more) that once were cracks in the system are now fissures. This conversation explores a new vision for what child care could be and how we can work together to achieve it.

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Future of Child Care, pt. 2 – An Accessible, Equitable, High Quality Child Care System

Monday, October 19 * 4:00 pm eastern Join us for the second part of our Future of Child care series in which we’ll discuss: A vision for a more affordable, equitable, high quality child care system How to build a movement that calls for a different system Ways to center the voices of parents and…

Future of Child Care, pt. 1 – COVID’s Impact & Relief for the Field

The upside of the pandemic for child care is increased attention and calls for support. This is an opportunity for funders to help reshape the field and create a system that is more equitable, affordable, and accessible for all families. The downside is that pre-existing problems (an unsustainable business model, questions around quality, professionals not…

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