Citywide Childcare Cooperative





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Project Description

Country: USA

Location: Anchorage

Total Budget: $10,000

Area of Focus: Basic education and literacy

Activity Type: Community Development: General

Summary: Kitchen update for cooperative childcare center for 84 kids ages 19 months through 5 years old with elementary care after school.

Anchorage is currently facing a childcare crisis with significant shortages in childcare availability and soaring tuition rates driven by lack of available childcare workers. The average Alaska childcare worker earns just $14.18 per hour (thread, 2023) leading to extreme staffing turnover and a shortage of available workers. The Citywide Childcare Cooperative (CCC) will pilot a worker-owned cooperative (WOC) childcare center at First United Methodist Church (FUMC) in downtown Anchorage. Under this cooperative model, employees are worker-owners who are empowered to create, own, and democratically control business decisions, leading to an empowered and satisfied childcare workforce (Democracy at Work Institute, 2021). Research finds that this leads to better wages, less burnout, and higher job satisfaction for childcare professionals. This will be the first WOC enterprise in the State of Alaska and has the potential to dramatically build workforce and childcare capacity in the state. The CCC pilot program at First UMC will host 84 kids ages 19 months to 5 years old with an after school elementary care program and is set to launch mid-year 2025. This project has four goals:

1) Develop CCC business model

2) Develop CCC operations and licensing

3) Complete FUMC building renovations

4) CCC Launch

These funds from the Rotary District grant will go towards the kitchen renovation for the CCC at FUMC, ensuring that kids are fed healthy, nutritious, and safe meals. The building renovations will occur between July and December 2024. During that time, there will likely be volunteer opportunities for Rotarians to help lay flooring, paint, and set up classrooms. After opening, Rotarians can continue to support the CCC through volunteering in the classrooms and providing supplies.

Project Contact Person

District: 5010

Rotary Club of: Anchorage

Primary Contact: Emily Carroll

Email: pastor@firstumcanchorage.org

Project Status

Fully Pledged
This project is "Fully Pledged". This means the amount of the pledges is equal to the total budget of the project. Now the project needs to be finalized and go through the club signature process. This process gets started on the administration page.

Project listed for the 2024-25 Rotary Year.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project





Anchorage (5010)









DDF contributions in grey are pending approval of the corresponding district committee.

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History Log Entries


System Entry

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Emily Carroll

System Entry: Project reverted to "Published".


by Emily Carroll

System Entry: Project is now "Fully Pledged".

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