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Ms. Foundation for Women Childcare Impact Assessment Finds Connection between Labor Movement and Increasing Childcare Access

New Assessment Explores the Economic and Policy Impacts of Funding Labor Advocacy on Expanding Child Care Access

Press Release – NEW YORK, NY — Today, the Ms. Foundation for Women released the Childcare Impact Assessment, outlining the impact of innovating the Ms. Foundation For Women’s grantmaking strategy to increase childcare access for low-income women, women of color and women from immigrant populations.

Specifically, the impact assessment provides insight into the Ms. Foundation for Women’s three-pronged approach to effectively support grassroots efforts to increase childcare access for low income, undocumented and women of color. This strategy included convening childcare advocacy organizations and working with Labor stakeholders to include childcare as a key policy in discussions around Labor law.

The assessment found that for philanthropy organizations to be most effective at supporting and growing the capacity of women-led organizations fighting to reduce the cost of childcare, funders must:

  • Support low-wage workers’ rights organizations and workers’ centers who organize in sectors that are made up of up 50% women.
  • Support new and innovative campaigns that increase public sector funding for childcare at the local and state level.
  • Work to raise wages and the quality of jobs in the childcare sector.

“Our approach has not only helped the local organizations achieve policy gains, but also provided necessary resources to develop intersectional leadership in grassroots organizations,” said Aleyamma Mathew, Director of Economic Justice at the Ms. Foundation for Women. “To achieve economic security in the Trump era, we have to win on the state and local level. Our hope is that by sharing this model, fellow members of the philanthropic community will feel empowered to take more innovative approaches to effectively impact childcare access for our nation’s most marginalized women. Progress is possible if we continue to break down silos and work together.”

The Childcare Impact Assessment report notes rapid growth in organizations who received funds under the Ms. Foundation model. Hampered by a stalled Congress and a White House disinterested in the economic mobility of women of color, the organization found a roadmap for legislative success, leveraging stakeholder investments and policy advocacy.

Labor policy stakeholders impacted health and childcare access for low income women, immigrant women and women of color positively by expanding direct support to grassroots organizations. In fact, the Ms. Foundation for Women saw $1.8 M invested in twenty-four organizations in five years for grants specific to policy and advocacy work in childcare, which contributed organizational and campaign growth of grantees.

Based on key findings and takeaways from the report, the Ms. Foundation for Women is well-equipped to engage in social justice advocacy as an organization and in coalition with labor organizations in the Trump era. Further, the Ms. Foundation for Women’s strategic recommendations will help fellow philanthropic stakeholders enact policy changes to ensure more economic security for women from our nation’s most underserved and underrepresented communities.

To download report, click here: http://bit.ly/2xPzL5o


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