Policy Principles

A child care system that works for our country’s kids, families, child care providers, and economy will...

  • Be accessible to all, irrespective of race, ethnicity, language, gender, literacy level, disability, immigration status, geographical location, socioeconomic class, economic circumstances, or income. It must be developed and governed by centering justice and equity and focusing on equitable multi-generational outcomes.
  • Have a strong commitment to a thriving workforce, meaning policies and practices that support the well-being and financial stability of workers, including competitive and dignified compensation; benefits and protections; supportive work environments; access to professional development opportunities; and recognition and respect.
  • Be designed by those who are most impacted by decisions, specifically Black, Indigenous, and families of color. Those who are most impacted should be included in program design, implementation, monitoring, and governance, including through community co-governance models where parents and workforce are meaningfully involved in the creation and implementation of the program and in decision-making at all levels of the system through advisory roles.
  • Develop program policies, practices, and standards with equity in mind. This includes ensuring systems are created responsibly; training and professional development meet the workforce’s diverse needs; licensing, and monitoring standards are anti-racist; and payment practices, including reimbursements and other manners of payments, support a thriving workforce.
  • Be administered through various partnerships between the federal government and state, tribal and local governments, nonprofits/NGO, community centers and organizations, CCR&Rs, religious institutions, and businesses.
  • Have strong coordination and seamless integration with other social services benefits establish wrap-around services that prioritize the holistic well-being of children and families and that develop clarity on the role that the workforce plays in connecting families to these services. This includes finding ways to streamline eligibility for families with multiple children having diverse needs.