Industry Focus: Child Care
Quality child care in the earliest years of life is critical to improving long-term education outcomes and breaking the cycle of poverty. Yet, many child care businesses – both home- and center-based – are financially insecure and unable to pay livable wages, including to the business owners themselves. Through rigorous business consulting, access to capital, and cooperative ownership models, The ICA Group is building a better child care industry for child care business owners and workers. ICA’s approach to industry transformation is the result of five years of research on industry trends. Our research confirmed the potential of cooperative ownership models to strengthen the financial viability of child care businesses and improve the quality of care and the quality of child care jobs. With local and national partners, we are now implementing this vision in states across the U.S.
Though our business development and consulting work, we strive to ensure:
|Equitable Access||Address the specific needs of child care businesses in low-income communities|
|Quality Jobs||Increase earnings for center owners, workers and family child care providers, increase agency and meaningful leadership opportunities|
|Quality Care||Free up time and money to invest in quality improvement|
|Effective Advocacy||Elevate the voice of workers, connect and unite a fragmented industry|
What We Offer
Notes from Our Clients
I just wanted to thank you and your team for all your “number crunching” and business expertise! The financial model report you generated for us was extremely insightful and it helped us to think about the sustainability of our business through a more focused and informed lens.
I can see clearly that ICA understands our values and mission here in Illinois to serve families in at-risk communities.
Stepping Stones was incredibly lucky to be connected to Jonathan Ward at ICA Group. We received up to $5,000 in business consultant services and it was invaluable to our future growth as a business.