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Childcare Changemakers

Join the movement of families and childcare providers fighting for transformative change in our childcare system.

We are families, childcare providers and early educators, leaders, and organizers.

We are working in our communities, at the state level, and with federal policymakers as part of the movement for child care justice. We fight for parent affordability, provider stability, and living wages for all providers and caregivers of all types.

1. Living and thriving wages for child care providers

All child care providers should be paid a living wage and compensation on par with K-12 teachers to early care and education workers, who are disproportionately black and brown women.

2. An equitable childcare system built on racial justice

We need culturally appropriate, accessible care in our communities, where all people who take care of our children are paid living wages. We must do away with eligibility requirements that impede access and disproportionately affect low wage workers, women and people of color, such as work requirements and intrusive application processes.

3. Affordable childcare for all families

We need to guarantee child care for every family who needs it, no matter what they look like or where they come from.

Imagine instead a system funded on the true cost of care that would give all of our children an equal opportunity to thrive.

We’d have high-quality, sustainable child care careers. We’d have child care slots open and affordable for all families who need it. We’d have women, particularly Black and brown women, back in the workforce. We’d have educated, healthy, and happy kids. We’d have culturally appropriate and responsive, inclusive quality standards rooted in the goals parents have for their children to have a bright future.

We know it’s possible, because we have won big things when we speak out together. We saw victories in the funds for child care in the American Rescue Plan that states and localities were able to use to build toward a better system.

We saw recognition from President Biden as he issued an executive order to support affordable care and quality jobs for care workers. Instead of working with us to build on our progress and create new solutions to make a 21st century system a reality, the GOP has worked overtime to block any solutions. But we know that together, our voices can rise and we can win the child care system we all deserve.

That’s why we’re coming together on May 13 to demand child care providers who do one of the most important jobs of educating the next generation, allowing parents to get to work, and keeping our economy running, be paid the living wage they deserve. That the families who work hard to stock our grocery shelves, brew our morning coffee, and schedule us for doctor’s appointments, get affordable child care that doesn’t force them into debt or take their careers back decades. And that all of our kids, no matter where they live or what they look like, have the same opportunity to thrive.

We are organizing a Day Without Child Care to give a glimpse of what would happen if we were all forced to officially close our doors. 

If we don’t make a change, that time is closer than our elected officials and our nation might think – and all of us will pay the price of an underfunded system. On May 13, we pledge to put the spotlight on the true cost of care and demand the funding we need for a 21st century child care system.


Case Studies

200+ Providers

Number of providers who closed their doors on the the 2023 Day Without Child Care

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OLE New Mexico

In 2022, our partners at OLE New Mexico helped secure one of the largest child care advancements, ever.

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Prop 2 for Tiny Texans

Childcare Changemakers organized deep in the heart of Texas to pass more funding for a 21st century childcare system.

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