Child Care Advocacy in a Post-COVID World: #1 – A Different Kind of Vision
May 18, 2020
Session #1 in a webinar series co-hosted by The Robins Foundation, Save The Children Action Network, and the Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, designed to spark new, transformative thinking for the Commonwealth and the nation.
The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the vital importance but extreme fragility of the nation’s child care policies, including those in Virginia. Our best case scenario cannot be returning to the failed and broken child care system that existed before the world ever heard of coronavirus. This is the time to set course for a different future, one where all of Virginia’s children and families – and those in other states as well – have the opportunity to thrive.
This webinar explored the $10 A Day child care plan from British Columbia. Advocates in B.C. have been able to secure major commitments from elected leaders, including in 2018 more than $1 Billion in new funding over three years to increase access, boost educator wages, and reduce parent fees.
$10 a Day organizers Sharon Gregson and Lynell Anderson shared the story of this bold, innovative plan and lessons that can be learned from the campaign.