The lack of accessible, affordable childcare is a national crisis and Clackamas County is no exception. Our country has long experienced a shortage of affordable childcare options: there are simply not enough program slots to accommodate local families and the cost of available slots are often too burdensome for working parents.
Over the course of the past 18 month, the Child Care for All Steering Committee has been working to put together a plan to provide better, more inclusive access to child care in Clackamas County. In partnership with Children Family Community Connections and Morant McLeod, a draft report and recommendations is available to review.
Quality childcare services are integral to the positive development and growth of children and families hardest hit by this crisis are often those already facing the greatest barriers to social mobility and economic equality including Black Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), low and middle income families, rural residents, single parents and nontraditional families and women. The impact of this crisis extends beyond the families directly effected to include local employers and communities.