Working alongside families, early educators and allies is essential to build powerful coalitions to transform child care and expand equity. ECFC and the Raising Child Care Fund (RCCF) are collaborating to host a Power Building Learning Series for ECFC members and RCCF contributors to:
- Interact directly with organizers and strategists, and some of their foundation partners, working to transform policies to learn about their strategy, setbacks, responses, and lessons learned.
- Unpack the theory of change and elements of power-building that are fundamental to this work, including: centering the stories and voices of those most proximate to the challenge, sharing power, co-creating collective priorities and strategies, and advocating for policies that support racial equity and language justice.
- Identify lessons learned and ideas that can inform the internal and external strategies of participating foundation leaders.
- Explore the long-term benefits of power-building, including increasing civic engagement and equitable implementation of policy wins.
The series kick off, March 22nd, will introduce frameworks and concepts of power-building as theory of change and the elements of movement building that must be strong to create conditions conducive to transformative policy change. We will be joined by organizing partners from Minnesota and Missouri. Participants will have an opportunity to meet each other and share their hopes for learning and begin to explore the challenges of funding movements.
The second session in the series, March 29th, will explore 2022 progress in state child care organizing featuring wins and base building progress. We will joined by organizing partners from Colorado, Missouri and Ohio. This session is open to all interested funders, with an opportunity at the end for Power Building Series participants to talk more in depth about organizing and leadership development.
This ECFC member/RCCF contributor series will launch continue monthly throughout 2023 with calls typically scheduled on Wednesday afternoons. The sessions will build on each other over the course of the series.
Learn more about the first two sessions in this new Power Building Series.