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Ms. Foundation for Women Invests $565,000 in Transformation of Child Care Sector

Grantees Advancing Policies and Programs That Build Economic Opportunity and Stability for Women, Families


NEW YORK--Aug. 7, 2012--The Ms. Foundation for Women today announced $565,000 in grants to 12 organizations that are creating systemic change in the informal (non-center based) child care sector through parent and provider activism. The grantees in this diverse cohort provide services, conduct organizing and advance public policy in key states across the country.

Because of the challenging economy, including state budget cuts to child care subsidies, many low-income women and families are no longer eligible for center-based care. Families are increasingly relying on "informal child care," or home-based providers, making it even more urgent to prioritize the needs of these children, parents and providers and ensure access to quality jobs and affordable, quality child care.

"Investing in our future means allocating funds to protect child care and other safety-net programs," said Ms. Foundation Senior Program Officer Aleyamma Mathew. "The Ms. Foundation is supporting solutions that do not undercut hardworking women and families as they build economic stability."

The Ms. Foundation supports a three-pronged strategy to help low-income women, immigrant women and women of color achieve economic stability – supporting policies that provide quality, flexible and accessible child care; improving working conditions for care providers; and recognizing child care as an economic development strategy that supports women's economic security, nurtures children's healthy development and fortifies communities.

The grantees in the Ms. Foundation's cohort are All Our Kin, Inc., of New Haven, Conn.; Association for Supportive Childcare, of Tempe, Ariz.; Project South: Institute for the Elimination of Poverty and Genocide, of Atlanta; California Child Care Resource and Referral Network, of San Francisco; Childspace Cooperative Development, Inc., of Philadelphia; Domestic Workers United, of New York; Federation of Child Care Centers of Alabama, of Montgomery, Ala.; Illinois Action for Children, of Chicago; Jobs With Justice Education Fund, of Louisville, Ky.; Mississippi Low Income Childcare Initiative, of Biloxi, Miss.; Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, of New York; and The OLÉ Education Fund, of Albuquerque, N.M.

Child care organizing is the Ms. Foundation's newest grantmaking focus, building upon a long history of investing in child care organizing in other Ms. Foundation economic justice grantmaking portfolios. The grantmaking efforts will focus on ensuring that child care is a key component of economic policy. The Ms. Foundation will convene the cohort this fall to deepen the field's collective expertise and inform the Ms. Foundation's new strategic direction in child care.


About the Ms. Foundation for Women

The Ms. Foundation for Women is the leading national social justice foundation committed to building women's power to ignite change. Every day, it helps over 150 grassroots organizations across the US fight for changes like good paying jobs, reproductive health, ending violence against women and girls, and the inclusion of women at decision-making tables. By investing in social justice trailblazers--especially women from low-income communities and communities of color most affected by injustice--it works for a nation in which power and possibility are not limited by gender, race, class, or any other factor. The Ms. Foundation delivers funding, builds skills, develops leaders, connects activists with allies, and amplifies the voices of our grantees to create change that benefits women, families and communities.

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