We Are the Care Initiative

Due to COVID-19, much of the work of the We Are the Care Initiative has been put on pause.

However, we can clearly see that child care professionals are now, and always have been a crucial part of our workforce. For questions and ways to get engaged, please email us.


Public Awareness Task Force

Mission: Creation of local marketing/media and public awareness campaign to highlight the critical role child care and child care professionals play in the vitality of our community and its economy

Vision: Our community is aware and appreciates the critical role child care and child care professionals play in the vitality of our community and its economy

Updates

Next meeting: TBD

This task force is working towards the following goals with tentative deliverable dates:

  • Providing public comment at the Board of Supervisors, City Council, and numerous School Board meetings throughout the County.
    • Status: On-going. New statement released nearly every month

You can read our August public comment HERE.


Cross-Sector Collaboration Task Force

Mission: To support cross-sector collaboration between businesses/employers and child care providers

Vision: Employers and local child care professionals collaborate and use the necessary tools to secure access to affordable, quality child care for our region’s working families.

Updates

Next meeting: TBD

This task force is working towards the following goals with tentative deliverable dates:

  • Creation of a Family-Friendly Workplace Toolkit Website
    • Status: In Progress.We are actively working towards launching this website. Tentatively Early October 2020.

Local Government Engagement Task Force

Mission: To address the Role of Local Government (city/county/regional) in tackling the Child Care Challenge

Vision: Every city, county, school district, and elected official has policies and existing incentives to support early childhood development and care.

Updates

Next meeting: TBD

This task force is working towards the following goals with tentative deliverable dates:

  • Creation of a information packet for elected officials and candidates
    • Status: On Hold.
  • Recruitment and formation of group of "Child Care Liaisons" from all local city councils and BOS.
    • Status: In progress and continuing! The recruited liaisons had their first orientation meeting on 8/20/20 and the Child Care Planning Council will continue to engage this group and provide updated information.