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Want to Invest in an Equitable Economy? Center Care Economy Workers

Melonie Tharpe July 13, 2022

Demand for caregivers in the US is at an all time high. If you have opened the news in the past two years, you have seen the headlines of workers struggling to find care for children as childcare center shutter across the country, many permanently. The dark side of the care economy is that it is driven by a mostly BIPOC and immigrant women workforce that faces low pay, long hours, and extractive business practices. This drives an extremely high turnover rate among childcare and similar workers, driving down the availability of quality and affordable care. Our care system, especially childcare, isn’t working. What if we could reimagine how our childcare and other care systems worked? This discussion will focus on what worker-centered approaches are showing promise, opportunities for equitable funding and investment in this sector, and how we might change the lives of thousands of BIPOC women low-wage workers by rethinking childcare.


Fireside Chat (3 speakers maximum)

Meta Themes

  • Deliver Equity and Inclusion


Reimagining Systems

Purpose and Desired Outcome

Influence more impact capital and philanthropy in the infrastructure of child care, not just child-focused solutions. Shift thinking from education/curriculum-only centered investments to deeper systemic investments in childcare. Uplifting worker-centered solutions.


  • Government

  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)


  • NameEmily Kawano
  • TitleCo-Director
  • OrganizationWellspring Cooperative
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameEllen
  • TitleVera
  • OrganizationCo-op Cincy
  • StatusConfirmed
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