Northwest Health Foundation, along with the other Health & Education Fund Partners (CareOregon, Kaiser Permanente Northwest, Meyer Memorial Trust and Oregon Community Foundation), awarded $1 million to a campaign led by six organizations working to build an affordable childcare system in Oregon.
The six organizations leading the Oregon Child Care Project are Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN), Oregon Futures Lab, Family Forward Action, PAALF Action Fund, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) and Unite Oregon.
The Oregon Child Care Project aims to redefine childcare as a public good, dramatically increase public investment in childcare, demonstrate broad support for a public childcare system, and motivate Oregon’s governor and legislature to act. They advocate for a public childcare system that is equitable, high-quality, affordable, culturally relevant, and community led.
The Health & Education Fund Partners know our current healthcare, education and early learning systems aren’t meeting the needs of all Oregon and Southwest Washington’s children and communities. And we believe health and education are intertwined, and both are critical for a thriving and prosperous Oregon and Southwest Washington.
Northwest Health Foundation is excited to make our largest single grant ever to the Oregon Child Care Project, the majority of which is 501(c)(4) funding. We know lifelong health starts with a good childhood and good childcare. Just like those who came before us to make public education a reality, we’re excited to come together to build affordable, quality childcare for every Oregon child.