W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Marguerite Casey Foundation, Conrad Hilton Foundation
$150,000 annually for 2 years
Workforce development, child care policies, and collaboration between state and local agencies
AISJ works to achieve meaningful and sustainable systems change in support of under-resourced children and families in Alabama’s Black Belt. We work to remove barriers that limit and/or undermine the economic well-being of women and people of color through leadership development and training, advocacy and public policy, and racial healing and reconciliation.
Since launching the Alabama Movement for Child Care, Alabama Institute for Social Justice has organized with mostly Black child care owners to become recognized experts with the state agency that administers the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG). The executive director sits on the governance committee and providers attend quarterly meetings with the department.
They helped secure $22.5M for an increase in support for First Class Pre-K which added an additional 125 classrooms to the program and increased access from 42% to 45% of Alabama's 4 year old.
And they trained over 100 leaders, parents, and child care advocates of the Madison Home Child Care Association and Professional Alabama Early Childhood.