COVID-19 has catapulted the childcare crisis into the public discourse by highlighting the glaring racial and gender inequities associated with the lack of accessible and affordable child care and exposed a multi-pronged emergency — massive temporary and permanent lay-offs for low-wage childcare workers (who tend to be Black, Brown and immigrant women); pending closures of family based child care businesses; and long-term economic consequences for women who must leave the workforce due to the loss of child care supports. These consequences not only impact women’s economic health but also the longer-term financial health of their families.
While there are ambitious plans by the Democratic presidential candidate to address this critical issue on a federal level, we must better understand:
- Why child care is a racial and gender equity issue;
- How this crisis impacts the short and long-term economic security of families;
- Solutions which address the structural and systemic issues impacting affordable and accessible child care;
- The opportunity for funders to supporting the longer-term financial health of families through accessible and affordable child care;
- Supporting child care as a critical small business sector
We hope you will join us for this important conversation to better understand that child care is not a personal issue nor a women’s issue. It is an economic issue that must be addressed to realize a more equitable and inclusive society.
Dena Jackson, Moderator, The Texas Women’s Foundation
Lea Austin, UC Berkeley Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Shana Bartley, National Women’s Law Center
Jerletha McDonald, ADFW Childcare Professionals
Please submit any questions you have in advance of the webinar.