Raising Child Care Fund Selects First Grantees as Part of a New Project to Increase Access to High Quality Child Care

The Raising Child Care Fund (RCCF), a project of the Early Childhood Funders Collaborative (ECFC), is pleased to announce its first set of grants to community organizing groups working to increase equitable access to high quality child care for families across the country.   

Finding and affording high-quality child care is a challenge for most hard working American families.  Without reliable, safe, and nurturing child care, many parents face difficult choices because they have to work or attend school.  At the same time, those who provide care and education to young children often earn less than a living wage, and many have multiple jobs or rely on public assistance programs to make ends meet. RCCF grantees will work to lift the voices of those who feel the impact of this child care crisis the most so that they have a chance to tell their stories and to be heard by the public, media, and important decision-makers.

ECFC launched this project in partnership with its fiscal sponsor, TSNE Missionworks, in 2018 when a subgroup of ECFC members joined together to address the national crisis in lack of equitable access to high-quality child care for young children and their families. The RCCF pooled fund is supported by the Irving Harris Foundation, the Heinz Endowments, the Heising- Simons Foundation, the J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation, and the Vanguard Starting Kids Off Right program.

In total, RCCF considered 29 applications from groups in 17 states and the District of Columbia. Most winning applicants have matching grants from state and local private foundations to support these projects. Applicants could apply for a Developing or Expansion grant, depending on the scope of work they presented.

The response to the RCCF request for proposals well exceeded funding available to award this year.

The following groups will receive grant awards:

Parent Voices, a part of the California Child Care Resource and Referral Network (California)

  • Mission: To make quality child care accessible and affordable to all families through a parent-run, parent-led grassroots effort.

9 to 5 (Georgia)

  • Mission: To build a movement to achieve economic justice, by engaging directly affected women to improve working conditions.

Coalition for Social Justice (Massachusetts)

  • Mission: To bring together people affected by and concerned about poverty to advocate for economic opportunity.

Mothering Justice (Michigan)

  • Mission: To build a coalition of well-equipped mother activists — mamavists! especially women of color. 

ISAIAH (Minnesota)

  • Mission: To promote racial and economic equity through intentional, intensive leadership development and collective, faith-based actions that work toward systemic change.

OLÉ Education Fund (New Mexico)

  • Mission: To partner with working families in New Mexico to develop grassroots community organizing capacities that they use to enrich and empower their communities.

Alliance for Quality Education (New York)

  • Mission: Mobilizing communities across the state to keep New York true to its promise of ensuring a high quality public education to all students regardless of zip code.

Ohio Organizing Collaborative (Ohio)

  • Mission: Building community power for social, racial, and economic justice in Ohio.

Family Forward (Oregon)

  • Mission: To advance economic security for women and families, with a particular focus on improving economic security for mothers.

Visit the Raising Child Care Fund page for more information.


Posted November 4, 2019