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Boston, MA, United States
The Mayor's Office of Women's Advancement at the City of Boston is an embodiment of Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s commitment to advancing and supporting women in Boston. We work inclusively with public, private, and non-profit partners on key issues that significantly affect women and girls. Some of our work includes the implementation of a paid parental leave policy for City employees, a multi-pronged approach to closing the gender wage gap addressing both policy and culture, programming for women entrepreneurs, and reducing the demand for sex trafficking in Boston.
That would be great! We've been thinking a lot about how to lift the profile of the family childcare ecosystem. This seems like an effective way to help keep FCCs in business and incentivize new providers to open as well.
We think this is an interesting model. Here in Boston, we face similar challenges regarding providing supports to children in foster families and their foster family supports. It might be helpful to think about how this idea rolls out by employing more human-centered design principles as you think through the first steps of how and what this looks like, what programming and resources are included (and how), where this might be located, and who other partners might be or need to be.
This is a really interesting idea, and we would love to follow it to learn more about how it goes! The early childhood market is very hard to understand, and segmenting it to focus on those who provide family child care and those who seek it is a great idea. One thing we've learned is that folks tend to operate in a location-specific market, so we're curious about how this plays out in a larger city like LA. Amazing!