Child care is the backbone of our society, supporting the care of our children and allowing millions of parents to participate in the workforce and civic life.
But the current system fails to meet the needs of the people most impacted—especially women of color, whose families are both most impacted by our lack of child care systems and who make up a disproportionate amount of our under-paid child care workforce.
The Child Care for Every Family Network brings together the people directly involved in and impacted by child care—parents, providers, and advocates—to build a racial and gender justice-centered child care infrastructure that is accountable to those who have been most harmed by our lack of investment and currently underfunded programs. We are convening families, organizations, and providers across localities, states, and the nation to develop shared strategies to fundamentally transform child care.
We seek a transformed national-to-state system that results in universal access to equitable, accessible, high-quality, affordable, and culturally relevant child care across the U.S. with a diverse, well-paid, and well-supported workforce.
Our work is guided by five fundamental values:
We believe child care is a shared public good requiring a robust government response.
Groundbreaking federal legislation and substantial public funding that centers equity are critical to building a child care system that works for everyone, affording Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities and other marginalized participants the respect and value they have too often been denied.
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.
The Network is creating a multi-year, multi-pronged roadmap for this change that has multigenerational impacts and coordinates across local, state, and national levels.
Together, we can transform child care.
Join us in our work for universal, equitable, accessible, high-quality, affordable, and culturally relevant child care across the U.S.: