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In The Women's Fund's new PULSE Briefing, we outline the many reasons why increased wages for childcare workers improves educational qualifications, improves staff stability and ultimately increases program quality. The Women’s Fund has been a strong champion for these issues, but we cannot do it alone. We have a wonderful opportunity to take a huge step for women and their children by passing Issue 44 for Cincinnati Public Schools and Preschool Promise. We encourage you to vote YES!
CINCINNATI (October 18, 2016) — The Women’s Fund, is proud to join our partners at The Greater Cincinnati Foundation to show our support of Issue 44 for Cincinnati Public Schools and Preschool Promise.
We believe a successful educational career begins with quality preschool, taught by appropriately paid teachers. Issue 44 strengthens our K-12 public school system and expands access to high quality preschool.
The Women’s Fund works to improve women’s economic self-sufficiency in our community. We know several things affect a woman’s ability to be self-sufficient, but three of the critical factors are:
This levy addresses these factors and so much more. Issue 44 will provide access to high-quality preschool for children in Cincinnati and also increase the wages for preschool teachers to at least $15.00 an hour.
We know preschool is a fundamental building block in a child’s ability to enter kindergarten ready to learn. More than 40% of students in Cincinnati enter kindergarten already behind, and the gap is even greater among low-income children. Research shows quality preschool makes a major difference. It impacts readiness to learn, increases high school graduation rates and builds the behavioral and social skills necessary for success in life. Benefits extend to parents, neighborhoods, employers, and communities because increased achievement and employability reduces crime and adds to family stability, social cohesion, and economic prosperity.
Issue 44 will also increase wages for preschool teachers to at least $15.00 an hour. Currently, 95.6% of childcare workers are women, and 80% of single parent childcare workers with young children are on public benefits. These professionals are entrusted to teach our children at the most critical time of their brain development, yet we pay them the same wage as parking lot attendants. The time is now to address the low wages in this female-dominated space, and this levy does just that.
In our new PULSE Briefing, we outline the many reasons why increased wages for childcare workers improves educational qualifications, improves staff stability and ultimately increases program quality.
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A new PULSE study commissioned by The Women's Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation through the Economics Center at University of Cincinnati illuminates how policies keep working families in a cycle of instability and dependence, even as they try to achieve self-sufficiency.
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CINCINNATI (August, 11, 2016) —A new PULSE study commissioned by The Women's Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation illuminates how policies keep working families in a cycle of instability and dependence, even as they try to achieve self-sufficiency.
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CINCINNATI (April 4, 2017) — The Women’s Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation and the UC Economics Center are excited to release a new PULSE Study on the Gender Wage Gap and its effect on Wealth Accumulation.
We invite you to attend our research release on Monday, April 24 from 3:30 – 5: 00 p.m. at the American Red Cross.
The wage gap issue is far from simple and many variables can complicate the issue.
Join us as we explore the wage gap in our area, its causes and the long-term impact it has on women and our local economy.
Join us for the research release!
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The Women's Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation leads our community in ensuring the economic self-sufficiency of women in our region. Through leadership, research, and grantmaking, The Women’s Fund works to identify and address the barriers affecting working women and their families. Learn more and get involved at cincinnatiwomensfund.org
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation invests in a more vibrant and prosperous Greater Cincinnati where everyone can thrive. While GCF hasn’t traditionally been part of the election process, we felt it was necessary to show our support for both Issue 44 for the Cincinnati Public Schools and Preschool Promise and Issue 53 renewal of the Hamilton County Children’s Services Levy, as this election will affect the future of the children in our community.
Whether it is universal, quality preschool for the city or safety nets for children in the county, both these issues strengthen the systems that surround our community’s next generation to ensure their futures are strong.
Our community has revitalized neighborhoods, sparkling modern buildings, new storefronts, amazing restaurants, and a streetcar that moves from our now park-filled riverfront to our ultra-hip urban core.
But we have to embrace our other reality that everyone is not thriving in this wonderful renaissance our community is experiencing.
Our region has the second highest childhood poverty rate in the nation. Unacceptable disparities continue to exist between blacks and whites
(Urban League). An August 2016 research report cites Cincinnati as “one of the least economically mobile cities in the nation,” meaning children born into poverty will likely stay in poverty (Human Impact Partners full report pdf).
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation believes a successful educational career for each child, beginning with quality preschool, can help level the playing field in the long term. We are proud to support collaborative efforts like Success by Six®, Partners for a Competitive Workforce, StrivePartnership and The Women’s Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation which address these issues.
As the community’s philanthropic partner and the nation’s 35th largest community foundation, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation has been investing in quality educational and social services, but we cannot do it alone.
PolicyLink, a highly regarded national research and advocacy institute, shared the economic benefit to our region would be up to $6.3 billion a year if we could close the gap on income disparity.
Both Issue 44 and Issue 53 will create a strong future for our community’s children. With these levies, our community will blossom a true renaissance that benefits all in our community. We encourage you to vote on November 8 and to vote “yes” for both Issue 44 and Issue 53.
Find out more about why The Greater Cincinnati Foundation supports these issues:
Read The Women's Fund's PULSE Briefing on why teachers' wages are critical to quality preschool, as it outlines the many reasons why increased wages for childcare workers improves educational qualifications, improves staff stability and ultimately increases program quality.
One of the nation’s leading community foundations, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation helps people make the most of their giving to build a better community. We believe in the power of philanthropy to change the lives of people and communities. As a community foundation, GCF creates a prosperous Greater Cincinnati by investing in thriving people and vibrant places. An effective steward of the community’s charitable resources since 1963, the Foundation inspires philanthropy in eight counties in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. At the end of 2015, GCF had net assets of $533 million.
CINCINNATI (May 2, 2017) — The Women's Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation releases its latest PULSE Report: Applying a Gender Lens to the Wage Gap.
Women in the Greater Cincinnati Region make an average of $0.79 on the dollar compared to men. With UC Economics Center as its research partner, The Women's Fund took an in-depth look at the gender wage gap in our region, including the causes and long-term impacts of the wage gap on women and our local economy.
What the Economics Center found is that the wage gap is not simple; it comprises a complex interrelationship of explained and unexplained differences and the ever-subjective concept of “choice.”
Learn more about our latest PULSE Report on the Gender Wage Gap #cincywagegap
Posted by The Women's Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation on Monday, April 24, 2017
Learn more about our latest PULSE Report on the Gender Wage Gap #cincywagegap
As you will see, the results show significant disparities in men’s and women’s wages, even when controlling for variables like education, hours worked, age, marital status, and the presence of children. The remaining disparity amounts to a significant unexplained difference in wages between men and women. Over time, this disparity in wages leads to hundreds of thousands of dollars lost, forcing women to either work longer or retire with less. For women of color, the disparities are even more profound.
Share the research online using the hashtag #CincyWageGap. Visit cincinnatiwomensfund.org/payequity to access the research presented and find more resources on fair pay practices.
View our latest PULSE Report on the Gender Wage Gap [PDF]
“The best way to improve the American workforce in the 21st century is to invest in early childhood education, to ensure that even the most disadvantaged children have the opportunity to succeed alongside their more advantaged peers.” — James Heckman
Preschool children living in poverty face inherent challenges to achieving academic success, and research shows a strong correlation between kindergarten readiness and attendance at quality child care programs. A recent Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) grant of $75,000 to 4C for Children will help address those challenges.
According to a 2016 Center for Public Education report on Educational Equity, “High-quality pre-kindergarten needs to be part of the mix, too. Good early education is especially beneficial to children from low-income or non-English speaking families by helping them start school with the same skills as their classmates from more advantaged circumstances.”
The GCF grant will support 4C’s Ramp Up for Quality project, which responds to the state of Ohio’s mandate for child care providers accepting children on voucher assistance to be rated by the Step Up To Quality (SUTQ) rating and improvement system by June 30, 2020.
4C, the only agency in our region contracted by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services to provide child care resource and referral services, is the designated provider of professional coaching for Ohio’s SUTQ quality rating system. Their goal is to train an additional 100 child care providers to receive an SUTQ rating, so that they are able provide quality early education to more than 1,000 vulnerable children.
“This grant aligns with GCF’s focus on women’s upward mobility by increasing access to quality jobs, as well as our commitment to increasing opportunities for educational success,” said Harold D. Brown, GCF Vice President, Community Strategies. “In addition to providing the children of low-income families with imperative educational tools, the Ramp Up for Quality project also supports job security for the child care providers — the majority of which are women, and many of whom are women of color.”
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