The work of caring for our children and families is some of the most important work in our lives. Affordable, quality childcare makes it possible for parents to go out and do what we do every day, knowing that the most precious people in our lives are in good hands. Yet, it’s some of the most invisible and undervalued work. Childcare providers have been hit hard by COVID, coming off of decades of underinvestment and devaluation of their essential role in nurturing our youngest children and fueling our economy. Meanwhile, parents with young kids are struggling. The costs of essentials like rent and childcare have skyrocketed over the last decades. We need to build a caring economy where childcare educators are valued and compensated for their essential work. We need to build a childcare infrastructure that helps families with their childcare costs.
On May 9, join other guardians and caregivers from across the state of Maine to discuss what childcare means for you, your family, and your community. We’ll talk about the challenges we face, and what we can do about them together.