The Raising Child Care Fund is an initiative of ECFC that pools private foundation dollars to give grants to groups that lift up the voices of families, early educators, and allies—working alongside them to build powerful coalitions to transform child care and expand equity.
The pandemic exposed to the nation what early childhood stakeholders already knew:
child care sits at the nexus of racial, gender, and economic injustice.
Every day, parents are unable to find and afford the quality child care they want for their children, and too many early educators earn wages so low that they qualify for public assistance to pay for their groceries. After decades of research on the critical nature of early childhood brain development, significant economic returns on early childhood investment, and families’ inability to afford high quality child care, public policy leadership has not taken on this crisis.
Now the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on an already frail child care industry and hurt the economic security of women. Women ages 25 to 44 are almost three times as likely as men not to be working due to child care demands. One in five child care jobs have been lost. The fallout of this economic and health crisis will increase inequity for child care for low- and middle-income communities, Black and Hispanic families, and rural families. As the nation seeks to recover, RCCF grantees play important roles in demanding and designing a more equitable child care system at all levels of governance and holding elected officials accountable to address the child care crisis.
What Our Grantee Partners Are Saying:
“RCCF has allowed us to meet families where they are in gateway cities like Springfield to engage with them, learn about their challenges, and help amplify their voices.”
Jynai McDonald, Western Massachusetts Coordinator for Common Start
“New Mexico has the highest income eligibility for child care assistance in the country, the best hazard pay for pandemic child care workers, and now we’re fighting for living wages for early educators and a new system designed by parents and educators. All with RCCF’s support.”
Matthew Henderson, Olé Education Fund
“Thanks to funding from RCCF, we have been able to expand the base we organize to bring power to hundreds more parents, providers and early childhood educators across the state of Minnesota.”
Lydia Boerboom, ISAIAH
Since launching, RCCF has provided grassroots organizations in 14 states and the District of Columbia with resources to support them to lift voices, build power, and hold elected officials accountable to move toward equitable child care for all. We are part of a national movement with impact at the local, state and federal levels. Join us to be part of this important opportunity!