Having secured grant funding from the WA State Department of Commerce, we partnered with Western Washington University’s Center for Economic and Business Research to conduct a county-wide survey to assess current child care needs, preferences, and availability. The data collected from this effort will help form a plan to expand local child care and early learning resources in a way that benefits children, families, and child care providers in Whatcom County.
In true Live United form, we are not doing this work alone. Many child and family-focused organizations are joining forces to come up with the right solutions for our community.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey and who is committed to this work.
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Equity is the intentional inclusion of everyone in society. Equity is achieved when systemic, institutional, and historical barriers based on race, gender, sexual orientation, and other identities are dismantled and no longer predict socioeconomic, education and health outcomes.
We recognize structural racism and other forms of oppression have contributed to persistent disparities which United Way seeks to dismantle. Our United Way network strives to engage community members, especially those whose voices have traditionally been marginalized. We work with individuals, nonprofits, public and private partners to find and support solutions to ensure everyone has the resources, opportunities and networks they need to thrive. We commit to leveraging all of our assets (convening, strategic investments, awareness building, and advocacy) to create more equitable communities.