Thanks to the partnership of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and We Dream in Black (WeDiB) North Carolina with the Child Care Services Association and the NC Budget & Tax Center, child care workers in Durham will benefit from Durham County American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. Money will now go towards expanding and improving the child care system, both for providers and for families. This is a testament to our work fighting for more visibility, respect, and most importantly, funding for child care!
This is a terrible way to treat our most important workers, the vast majority of whom are women, and 85% of whom are people of color.
*$13/hour is the average wage of Durham child care teaching staff, according to the 2019 NC Early Education Workforce Study.
FCCHs and other small centers were some of the only child care programs to remain open during the pandemic, and yet they still struggle due to the thin margins that are vulnerable to fluctuations in the industry. BSCC will also build capacity for new high quality child care seats in Durham by providing training and business support to Family, Friend, and Neighbor providers who will open home-based centers.
At NDWA and WeDiB, we constantly work to win the respect, recognition, and wages we deserve. And we’ve won big through our organizing around the American Rescue Plan Act! But now we need YOU to help us put this money to good use.
Building the Business Side of Child Care: This project is being supported, in whole or in part, by federal award number SLFRP3673 awarded to Durham County, North Carolina, by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.