Thanks to the hard work of a cross-sector project team in the Leadership CORPS Class 2023, Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center (RenCenter) received a grant to fund the expansion of child care resources in San Mateo County.
This project stemmed from the community impact portion of our 10-month Immersion Program during which small groups learn about issues in a particular San Mateo County Supervisor District and identify tangible solutions. While this team's focus was District 1, the outcome of their collaboration will affect all of San Mateo County.
The team began with a simple yet ambitious goal: “To expand the availability of childcare resources by increasing the number of qualified caregivers.” They did extensive research about the state of the industry, including the barriers to entry for childcare providers.
The team read about the topic and attended meetings at San Mateo County education organizations. They examined the issue from multiple perspectives including the trainers of early childhood educators, those who support them in various ways, and the childcare providers themselves. They synthesized what they learned, developed a set of actionable solutions to address workforce development and retention challenges, and met with Supervisor Dave Pine.