RCCF Lessons

 

 

What We Are Learning

BUILDING POWER IN THE MIDST OF A CRISIS (March 2021)

This new report from the Raising Child Care Fund highlights how the first RCCF grantee cohort pivoted in their first year of funding to face the immediate challenges of COVID-19: adopting online organizing strategies, connecting their members to relief, resources, creating opportunities to talk to elected officials, and identifying policy changes and programs to address the impact of the pandemic.  The report also introduces the 2020 grantee cohort and their efforts to respond to immediate and ongoing needs of their communities during the pandemic, while building a powerful base of parents, early educators, and other stakeholders to transform child care at the local, state, and federal levels.

 

ACTING BOLDLY IN THE FACE OF THE PANDEMIC: EXAMPLES FROM RCCF FUNDED GRASSROOTS ORGANIZATIONS (April 2020)

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: connecting communities with relief resources, advocating for  worker supports, ensuring parent voices at the table for relief planning, organizing virtual Townhalls with elected officials.  Several RCCF grantees were 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. 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.

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.   Raising Authentic Voices for Child Care: What is the New Raising Child Care Fund Learning about Grassroots Organizing? April 7, 2020

 

 

Building Parent and Practitioner Power in Child Care 
Webinar Archive,
July 23, 2020
Co-hosted with the Robins Foundation featuring on-the-ground organizers from RCCF grantee organizations in NM, NY and OH.

 

Organizing for Equity from the Ground Up
Webinar Archive, March 4, 2021
Skilled community organizers from RCCF grantee organizations in DC, GA and MI share tactics, challenges, and vision for the future, and how funders can support grassroots movement building in communities.