Regeración Turns Five: Come to Our Birthday!

Calling All Children, Families, and Childcare Volunteers! 

Regeneración Childcare NYC celebrates our 5th Birthday on Sunday, December 19th and we invite all children and childcare volunteers to join us at the American Museum of Natural History from 11a to 4p!

WHAT: Regeneración's 5th Birthday Party 
WHO: All children who know us (and other invited guests!), the Regeneración crew, and any caretakers/parents/friends who want to join us! 
WHEN: Sunday, December 19th from 11a to 4p --> meet us at 11a under the dinosaur skeletons in the lobby and pick back up there at 4p! 
WHERE: American Museum of Natural History (79th Street and Central Park West, take the B or C to 81st or 1 to 79th)
HOW:
  • Children get dropped off by caretakers/parents at 11a under the dinosaur skeletons in the lobby,
  • Caretakers/parents head off to do whatever they want to do that day (or stick around with us),
  • Children and Regeneración crew explore the museum,
  • Regeneración crew prepares and provides lunch in the special museum cafeteria for school groups,
  • Everyone cuts some cake and sings happy birthday back in the lobby before the children rejoin their caretakers/parents at 4p!

WHY: To continue building relationships and community amongst all of us (ages 0 to 120 yrs) envisioning the most wonderful world possible for all!

If you need more information or your child will need a morning pick-up, please contact Lauren or Radhika at childcarenyc-at-gmail-dot-com.

US Social Forum: Childcare Collectives Come Together

Regeneración had the amazing opportunity to attend the 2010 US Social Forum in Detroit this June! 

Especially exciting was the meeting of several childcare collectives from around the country - we came together to collectively plan a workshop about our visions for the labor of childcare. We discussed what brings us to this work and what it means to us, as well as some of our successes and challenges: it was a resounding success! 

A radical rainbow of childcare collectives at the 2010 USSF!

We are looking forward to continuing to build with each other in the coming months... Stay tuned!  

Open Letter from Political Prisoner David Gilbert

David Gilbert (SDS, Weather Underground) did extensive childcare, as part of his Men Against Sexism group, in the days before he went underground.
 

February 17, 2010
An Open Letter to Movement Men

 
To My Brothers in the Movement,

This open letter is a call, made both passionately and emphatically, for movement men to get fully involved in childcare. Childcare is one of the most demanding and most rewarding jobs in the world and is essential to advancing the struggle. I’ve been surprised to learn that in this day and age that responsibility still falls overwhelmingly on women. Men’s failure in this regard is not only unfair but also hurts our movement since it is a major impediment to women’s participation, to the full range of contribution they can make. But even more, if truth be told, this aloofness damages men the most because we cut ourselves off from the regular interactions that can enrich our lives in many ways. Children ask the questions that make us think more deeply about everything, exude the energy that buoys our spirits, embody the potential that gives us hope for the future.

It’s for the children that we fight to make a better world. Brothers, it is way past due to get fully involved in childcare.
 
David Gilbert
(anti-imperialist political prisoner)

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To get involved with childcare check out:
Bay Area: http://www.bayareachildcarecollective.net
NYC: http://childcarenyc.mayfirst.org/
Montreal: http://www.childcarecollective.blogspot.com/
Philly: http://phillychildcarecollective.org/
DC: http://dcchildcarecollective.org/

If you aren't in any of these locations check in with your local racial & economic justice organizations to see what their childcare needs are.

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