The Child Care Staffing Crisis: Sustainable Approaches to Compensating the Workforce
Held May 17, 2021
The child care system in New Jersey and throughout the country is dependent on inadequate government funding and fees that are too expensive for parents, yet programs cannot pay teachers a living wage. The child care system needs major, foundational reform that prioritizes the child care workforce. This town hall included diverse voices from the field including professionals from both child care centers and family child care homes.
Moving Beyond the Pandemic: Financing Child Care to Work for Parents and Programs
Held Monday, May 24, 2021
In order to rebuild and recover from the pandemic, we need to build an infrastructure that will supports families with children. However, in order to achieve this, it is critical that families have access to safe, reliable, and affordable child care. Nearly $936 million dollars from the federal government has been designated to support child care in our state and it is critical that state policymakers hear from child care providers about how these monies are used to build back better.
A Showcase of Strategies to Support Family Child Care
Held Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Registered family child care homes play an integral role in New Jersey’s child care infrastructure by providing families with a smaller group, home-based setting often located in the neighborhoods where families live. However, over the course of the last decade, the number of family child care providers has declined significantly due to a number of challenges and a lack of durable, specific investments. Over this last year, some funders and organizations have identified strategies to support and grow family child care throughout communities in New Jersey. Join us to learn more about these initiatives and how we can increase capacity and encourage additional funding for these strategies and more.