The Philly Childcare Collective was established in Spring 2008 by co-founders Ash Robbins and Chaska Sofia with the mission of providing free childcare to local grassroots organizers working for social change, especially low-income and of color parents. Initially, PCC worked with the Bread & Roses Community Fund, JUNTOS, and Media Mobilizing Project. As word about PCC spread, we began to partner with more groups, providing childcare at regular meetings and one-time events.
PCC is an all volunteer run organization. Currently, we have over thirty members, and our membership continues to grow. All members provide childcare at meetings and other community events. In addition, a smaller number of volunteers act as coordinators who communicate with groups requesting childcare, meet and train new volunteers, arrange toy pick-ups, provide information about PCC to the public, and generally make sure PCC is running smoothly.
The Philly Childcare Collective provides free childcare for activist meetings and community events. PCC partners with groups led by of color and/or low income parents and families that are organizing for economic and racial justice in their communities. PCC’s goal is to make it possible for parents to participate in activism without worrying about paying for childcare. We engage kids in fun and safe activities as well as discussions intended to broaden their understandings of the world and catalyze them to think about justice and equality. We see childcare as a political act, and we are excited about supporting organizations working towards racial and economic justice.
PCC is part of the Intergalactic Conspiracy of Childcare Collectives (ICCC), a network of radical childcare collectives from around the country. The ICCC was formed at the 2010 U.S. Social Forum in Detroit. For the next three years, the ICCC met annually at the Allied Media Conference also held in Detroit. Every year since 2011, we have planned and executed the AMC’s Kids Track. These gatherings at the AMC have provided incredible opportunities for us to share experiences and strategies with other childcare collectives as well as get hands-on practice doing political activities with kids. Each year, we bring what we learn at the AMC back to our work here in Philly.