We are excited to announce that Care That Works will be receiving $300,000 over the next three years from Community Labor United’s selection as a Boston Children’s Collaboration for Community Health funded partner. This pilot program provides working-class families with affordable child care services, available during nonstandard hours when parents are most in need. In addition to other partnerships and programs, Boston Children’s has made a $53.4 million commitment to support initiatives benefiting children and families across the state.
Child care in Massachusetts is among the most expensive in the country, and until we have a universal child care system, options for nonstandard schedules (early morning, late evening, overnight, and weekend) remain scarce. The Care That Works’ Pilot is seeking to bridge the gap for families in need of child care for nonstandard schedules (beyond 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
The pilot program connects parents and providers via Carina Care. Local child care providers regularly update their profiles and current openings on the platform so that families in need of child care can search providers, find available care, and contact them quickly and easily. This program puts both parents and providers at the center of decision-making tables, a critical feature in the midst of the pandemic.
This collaboration with Boston Children’s will allow us to continue to promote equity and stability for children, families, and caregivers. We are grateful for this opportunity and look forward to working with Boston Children’s to support the health and well-being of working families across Massachusetts.
To learn more about this collaboration, visit Boston Children’s Collaboration for Community Health.