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[ChiChiCo]

Chicago Childcare Collective


Location:  Chicago, IL

Organization: ChiChiCo

Contact: chichildcareco@gmail.com

The Chicago Childcare Collective (ChiChiCo) is a group of volunteers who support the participation of parents, especially mothers, in racial and economic justice work. The collective matches volunteers with community organizations across the city to have fun with kids while their parents participate in and lead organizing efforts to defend their rights and build a better Chicago.
“The Chicago Childcare Collective (ChiChiCo), formed in 2008, is a group of volunteers who support the participation of parents and guardians, especially mothers, in racial and economic justice work. The collective matches volunteers with community organizations across the city. Volunteers play with kids while their parents participate in and lead organizing efforts to defend community rights and build a better Chicago.

Many of the founding members of ChiChiCo are organizers who recognized that organizing work gets stunted when guardians cannot fully participate in informational meetings, community events, strategy sessions, and other grassroots activities due to childcare needs. Thus ChiChiCo sought to meet that need by building relationships with social justice organizations and providing voluntary, on-site childcare. Some of the organizations we currently assist include: Pilsen Alliance, Southwest Youth Collaborative, Southside Together Organizing for Power, Young Women’s Empowerment Project, Puerto Rican Cultural Center, Chicago Freedom School, Females United for Action, National Training and Information Center, and Organization of the Northeast. This summer, for the first time, we also sent volunteers elsewhere in the region to provide childcare at the Allied Media Conference and US Social Forum—two powerful national gatherings of organizers and movement-builders.”

ChiChiCo is a member of the , “Intergalactic Conspiracy of Childcare Collectives (ICCC), a network of allied childcare collectives from different cities across the US who provide childcare for organizations building social justice movements. Through this work, we aim to help center and prioritize the participation and leadership of women and trans caregivers and families of color in our struggle for collective liberation, and to help build a sustainable, intergenerational movement.”

By filling out a simple form online, you can apply to volunteer with the collective and request childcare services. ChiChiCo specifically supports “grassroots Chicago organizations committed to racial and economic justice and led by families of marginalized identities for organizations that don't currently have funds to pay for childcare.”

Source: “Introducing: Chicago Childcare Collective,” AREA Chicago, Februay 17, 2019 & ChiChiCo