The Alabama Movement for Child Care (TAMCC) was formed in 2020 in response to systemic inequities in our underfunded and under-resourced child care system which were only exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Child care in Alabama is in a state of crisis
Child care is neither affordable for families nor financially sustainable for providers and workers. Even when families can manage to pay for care, they often cannot access it when and where they need it. Despite the high costs faced by families, these funds aren’t enough to cover the true costs of providing high-quality care and education for our children. Due to insufficient funding, the child care system relies heavily on the work of low-income and black women whose underpaid labor is used to subsidize the industry.
Our leaders are failing us
Federal funding via the American Rescue Plan Act was intended to stabilize the childcare sector, rebuild a stronger system, and address childcare providers' financial burdens during and after the pandemic. However, Alabama’s implementation of these funds has failed to achieve these goals and has placed additional financial burdens on childcare providers. And unlike many other states, Alabama does not allow providers discretion to use grant funds within federal program flexibilities in order to address provider-specific needs.
Change is up to us
State leaders have failed to effectively address the challenges facing our child care system; but through our collective power as providers, parents, families, and advocates, we can bring about change. Now is a critical time for the health and survival of our child care system. If we are to establish a new system that treats child care as an essential service, vital to the wellbeing of our society and economy, it will be up to us as a community to take action and achieve true systemic change.
Child Care Providers, Parents, Advocates, and Families dedicated to creating a strong, stable, child care system that works for all.
TAMCC is working to:
Make child care a public good
Improve workforce development
Remove market rate restrictions
Remove regulatory obstacles to quality child care.
The Alabama Movement for Child Care is an initiative of the Alabama Institute for Social Justice. This nonprofit organization works to achieve meaningful and sustainable systems change to support under-resourced children and families in Alabama’s Black Belt.
“Nothing of importance was ever changed in this country without upsetting the status quo.”
– Lenice Emanuel