What We Are Learning
LONG LASTING OUTCOMES BEYOND CHILD CARE
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 long-lasting and profound outcomes and ripple effects beyond child care, such as strengthening accountability among policy-makers to those communities.
ACTING BOLDLY IN THE FACE OF THE PANDEMIC
RCCF grantees have been front and center in working at the state level to ensure support for child care in the face of the COVID-19 crisis. Some examples of their contributions include:
- The New Mexico grantee helped secure hazard payment sent directly to child care workers.
- The Minnesota grantee was part of efforts to secure state funds for a relief fund started before federal CARES Act funds reached the state.
- The California grantee has been able to secure parents’ places sitting in the Governor’s Master Plan for Early Childhood planning group.
- Massachusetts, Oregon, and California grantees helped organize Town Halls with members of Congress.
Several of our grantees have also been part of planning discussions about how to make sure the major federal legislative vehicle for the next Congress reflects priorities of the families and early educators they know best.
WATCH: Building Parent and Practitioner Power in Child Care, July 2020 webinar co-hosted with the Robins Foundation featuring on-the-ground organizers from three RCCF grantee organizations.
The impact of COVID-19 means that going forward, RCCF will encourage grantees to include actions and goals focused at the state and national levels, and to fund them accordingly. RCCF grantees will play important roles in demanding a more equitable child care system at all levels of governance and holding elected officials accountable.