Philly Childcare Collective is an all-volunteer collective of people who provide free childcare at meetings and events. We partner with grassroots groups led by low-income families and parents of color organizing campaigns for racial and economic justice. We ask organizations we work with to reserve a separate space from the meeting for childcare and we bring toys, games, coloring supplies etc. and provide a safe and fun space for kids. Occasionally, when we have capacity, we facilitate activities for kids related to the work their caretakers are engaging in.
After we receive your request, our coordinators will evaluate how your group meets our guidelines, as well as your needs and our capacity. A PCC coordinator will then respond to let you know what level of support we can offer your group. If we are coordinating childcare for your group, we will confirm details with you and send an e-mail to our members to see who is available for the event. For each event, there is a point person from PCC responsible for communicating with a contact from the organization running the event.
Please allow up to two weeks for a response after completing this form, as we need to prioritize ongoing work before we respond to new groups and it may take some time if we are busy.
Our guidelines are to support grassroots groups that are led by low-income and/or of color parents who are part of campaigns for racial and economic justice. We support groups whose membership would be unable to access childcare through other means. Below are some definitions and examples to give context to some of the words we use in our guidelines.
Grassroots: Local, self-organized, supports members to take action for their community, not affiliated with a political party or candidate. A more explicit definition can be found here.
Led by low-income and/or of color parents: Leaders in the group identify as Black, Brown, Indigenous, Person of Color, etc and/or as low-income and are parents/grandparents/guardians of children. Members would face significant difficulties securing childcare on their own and the group cannot afford childcare collectively.
Campaigns for racial and economic justice: We interpret “campaign” broadly. Some examples are:
- a group using strategy and tactics to demand something specific from a powerful entity
- an economically or racially marginalized group of people learning skills to empower their communities
- people who are not economically or racially marginalized learning skills to act as allies/accomplices to marginalized communities