Launched in 2018, The Raising Child Care Fund (RCCF) is a project of ECFC making private foundation resources available to grow civic engagement and focus attention on the child care crisis in America.
Finding and affording high-quality child care is a challenge for most hard working American families, yet policy solutions and financial resources to help families are nowhere near sufficient.
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 programs to make ends meet. American families cannot afford the cost of high quality child care, and the country needs to solve this challenge.
Rarely do those who feel the impact of this child care crisis the most have a chance to tell their stories and to be heard by policymakers. But that is starting to change. Groups of parents and providers from over 25 states came to the first ever national Grassroots Assembly on Child Care and Early Education in Washington, DC in June 2018. The RCCF has been created to provide resources to groups dedicated to lifting up the voices of parents, child care teachers, home-based child care providers, caregivers and allies to tell their stories and be effective advocates in calling for and developing a solution to the child care crisis.
HOW RCCF WORKS [RCCF Fact Sheet]
ECFC, in partnership with our fiscal sponsor – TSNE MissionWorks, has created a joint pool of funds with support from multiple private foundations to form the Raising Child Care Fund (RCCF). Representatives from those foundations may serve on the Grant Committee to guide the work and make recommendations to TSNE Missionworks on grant awards. RCCF will target the bulk of its resources to build capacity of local groups to recruit and educate those who most feel the impact of this crisis – especially parents, child care teachers, home-based child care providers, and caregivers – to strengthen and broaden the call for all families to be able to access high quality child care for all children. The Raising Child Care Fund will not engage in or support direct advocacy or lobbying. All funds will be distributed to 501(c)3 organizations in compliance with IRS regulations.
On November 4, 2019, the RCCF announced its first set of grants to nine community organizing groups working to increase equitable access to high quality child care for families across the country. 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 in 2019. Learn more about Grantees and their RCCF grant funded projects.
WHAT WE ARE LEARNING
Although the idea behind the RCCF was to see if this type of investment might result in child care policy “wins” in key states, working more closely with organizing experts taught the RCCF that the process of building power within individuals and their communities has a more long-lasting and profound outcome. Learn more about what we’re learning through the RCCF:
- Show+Tell 4-minute video introduction to RCCF
- Building Parent and Practitioner Power in Child Care, July 2020 co-hosted webinar with the Robins Foundation featuring on-the-ground organizers from three RCCF grantee organizations sharing how how they are centering and lifting up these critical perspectives in order to successfully advocate for change.
- Investing in Power Building for Child Care: Raising Child Care Fund Deep Dive for Funders, July 2020 deep dive discussion for funders hosted by RCCF Grant Committee members from the Irving Harris Foundation and Heising-Simons Foundation exploring what we are learning about grassroots organizations advocating for equitable access to quality child care, and how funders can join us in this work.
- Acting Boldly in the Face of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Examples from Grassroots Organizations Funded by the Raising Child Care Fund, April 22, 2020
- Raising Authentic Voices for Child Care: What is the New Raising Child Care Fund Learning about Grassroots Organizing? April 7, 2020
FUNDERS & PARTNERS
RCCF is seeking grantmakers interested in joining us in this work. Three ways grantmakers can get involved: