- Are you a current childcare professional or someone who wants to get into the field who is interested in earning a living wage while caring for only 3-4 kids at a time?
- Are you a parent who wants quality, affordable, personalized childcare for you kids in a flexible home setting?
- Do you currently own a childcare business and want to find ways to decrease costs, expand your market, and improve quality all while increasing your profitablity?
Join CUCI and AFSCME Local 4023 this Saturday at our coalition meeting to figure out how parents and providers can work together to form a Shared Service Co-op for existing providers and a Care Share Co-op (see descriptions below) to help improve the childcare sector.
Shared Services: A shared service co-op is where business owners come together to buy services to get a better price and/or quality to improve their bottom line. In a childcare focused shared services co-op, childcare owners work together to identify which services are most needed—for example, bookkeeping or bulk purchasing—and then the people that are part of the co-op enter into a mutual agreement to purchase services together.
Care Share Co-op: Right now there is a group of families that are each paying $7/hr/child and are hiring a caregiver for $17/hr with benefits to care and educate their children for 40 hrs a week in one of the parents' homes. Because we have been able to figure out how to provide quality care for a relatively affordable price while still paying the provider a living wage, our goal is to figure out how to scale the model so more families and providers can get access to the same conditions.