Every family should have the child care they need and every child care provider should be paid a fair wage.
But in the United States, child care is seen as a personal problem that families must solve for. This has been especially true for women & families of color. The problem is that child care doesn’t work as a business—parents cannot afford the true cost of care and providers can’t make enough to stay in business on what families can pay.
The Child Care for Every Family Network brings together the people directly involved in and impacted by child care—families, providers, organizers, and advocates—to build a racial and gender justice-centered child care system. Together, we are working at the local, state, and national level to transform child care.
We seek a transformed national system that results in universal access to high-quality, affordable child care with a diverse, well-paid, well-supported workforce.
Our work is guided by five fundamental values:
Child care is the work that makes all other work possible.
We need new laws and more funding to build a child care system that works for families, kids, child care providers, and our economy. Incremental solutions will not suffice; we must address the root causes of the failed status quo—institutional racism and sexism—and shift the axis of power to those directly impacted by child care by centering their needs and leadership.
Together, we can transform child care.