UIC Hull House Conversation: Imagining Universal Child Care on Tuesday Nov 19th at 6 p.m.


Soup Soapbox:

“When babies break the bank – imagining universal child care”

TUES Nov. 19 | 6 – 7:00 PM

800. S. Halsted | Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Residents’ Dining Hall

Free, quality child care for all…

Is this the stuff of dreams? We think not!

For more than a century, activists have sought affordable, accessible, quality child care in their fight to end poverty and create gender justice. And yet, the dream of universal child care has all but disappeared in the popular imagination. In most U.S. families, all of the adults work, and child care is a necessity. This reality is extremely expensive. According to the Center for American Progress, low-income families with small children spend 49% of their income on child care, and child care assistance is not widely available.

What would it take to ensure affordable access to child care for all who need it?

We want to know what you think! What informal arrangements have you made for your children? Are you a neighbor involved in non-relative care? Why is child care so bleeping expensive? Is comprehensive universal child care feasible and if so how do we get there? What do other countries do and are their models possible in the US?

We are giving you 1 bowl of free, delicious soup, 2 minutes to speak and 1 hour of collective thinking (and playing) with your neighbors. We’ll save you a seat.

Chicago Childcare Collective and Hull-House education staff will be facilitating fun for all ages in the Hull-House Museum.

Family soup will have age-appropriate activities. Please email: hullhouseevents@gmail.com to tell us the age of the child you are bringing to the program.


This notice is posted by UIC  professor, neighbor, and one of the speakers at this event, Barbara Risman