Early Education Equity & the Family Child Care Workforce


While public attention on pre-K in schools and centers has grown, the vast majority of low income families still rely on providers working in a home-based setting. Family child care providers (FCCs) often fill gaps in nontraditional hours, proximity and cultural and linguistic relevance – and attention on the FCC ecosystem is critical to an equitable agenda for early care and education access. Drawing on work to support vulnerable families in New York City, this panel will share new research insights on the FCC workforce and programs and public policy that can lift up this vital sector.

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  1. Early child care is also education, and family child care providers are vital to equitable access and support for young children and their development
  2. The FCC workforce is undervalued; providers are largely low income women of color, immigrants, and Spanish speakers caring for their own communities
  3. Public policy has contributed to the poverty wages of FCC providers but can be transformed to support this critical sector of early care and education



Loris Toribio, Policy Advisor, Robin Hood Foundation

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  • Tags: diversity & inclusion, teachers
  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Equity & Justice
  • Session Focus Area Early Learning
  • Level: Basic Understanding

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