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Host Gloria Riviera, “Call it Like it Is” Special Correspondent Kristen Bell, parents, and providers zoom in on America’s childcare crisis and the people crushed by it. Access to high-quality childcare and early education determines so much of a kid’s future…and their family’s sanity. Laugh, cry, be outraged, and hear solutions in this four-part series that explains why child care is broken and how we can fix it. No one is coming to save us — we need to save ourselves. Presented by Neighborhood Villages.

No One is Coming to Save Us Lemonada Media

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.3 • 725 Ratings

Host Gloria Riviera, “Call it Like it Is” Special Correspondent Kristen Bell, parents, and providers zoom in on America’s childcare crisis and the people crushed by it. Access to high-quality childcare and early education determines so much of a kid’s future…and their family’s sanity. Laugh, cry, be outraged, and hear solutions in this four-part series that explains why child care is broken and how we can fix it. No one is coming to save us — we need to save ourselves. Presented by Neighborhood Villages.

    Introducing In The Bubble: Our Shot

    Introducing In The Bubble: Our Shot

    Andy Slavitt, President Biden’s Senior Advisor on COVID-19, is back from the White House to his chair on the award-winning In the Bubble podcast. Just as he took us through the pandemic, this 10-week series called Our Shot is about leading us out. It’s an insider’s guide for getting closure on what happened, how we emerge, and what must come next. Andy is joined each week by Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick, who takes you places we couldn't go during the pandemic. Special guests include leaders we rarely get to see drop their guard the way they do on this podcast. Andy gives listeners information and inspiration from his bubble every Monday and Wednesday.

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    • 22 min
    4. How We Save Ourselves

    4. How We Save Ourselves

    Gloria chats with Elizabeth Warren about how we transform our country’s broken childcare system into one that’s accessible for all. “This is the moment to raise your voice. We have this opportunity to do it, but it's going to take all of us to push until it gets done.” Then, we meet a ragtag group of activists in Portland, Oregon fighting for a free, high-quality, universal preschool program in their community. And “Call It Like It Is” correspondent Kristen Bell joins once more to talk to you – yes you – about how to get involved in the childcare revolution. With Senator Elizabeth Warren, Teresa Ramos from Illinois Action for Children, and parents, educators, and activists from Portland's Universal Preschool NOW! and Preschool for All movements.

     

    This podcast is presented by Neighborhood Villages, and is brought to you with generous support from The McCormick Foundation, Trust for Learning, and Spring Point Partners.

     

    For more on high-quality child care, visit ideallearning.org.

     

    Click this link for a list of current sponsors and discount codes for this show and all Lemonada shows. 

     

    Laugh, cry, be outraged, and hear solutions! Join our community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/nooneiscomingtosaveus 

     

    Are you ready to join the childcare revolution? Call or write to your elected officials! Here are some talking points to get you started: 
    Let’s talk about dollars and cents. There's a 13:1 return on investment for every dollar we spend on early education. That's a better return than anything else we do as a nation. Kids who attend early learning programs do better in school, are more likely to graduate from high school, have better overall health, and go on to earn more money over their lifetime.  
    We can’t have true gender equity without universal childcare. It's critical to getting the millions of women we lost from the labor-force during the pandemic back to work. And, it ensures that women are in all of the places where decisions are made, from the C-Suite to the halls of Congress. 
    High quality early education prevents racial achievement gaps before they even happen. And good childcare reform should mean that early education and care workers – who are largely women of color – are given the salaries and benefits that they deserve.
    Universal childcare is good business. Employers need employees; employees need childcare. The pandemic has shown us that it's pretty much as simple as that. Plus, saving families $30,000/year also puts more money in their pockets – money that can go to supporting local businesses and boosting local economies. 

     

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    • 51 min
    3. Good Childcare *Can* Work

    3. Good Childcare *Can* Work

    Gloria explores the many places where childcare is working for parents – from Berlin, Germany, to Quebec, Canada, and even Patagonia HQ in Ventura, California. “Women are able to go back to work, families can actually afford good childcare, and the system more than pays for itself? Am I on another planet?” Kristen Bell joins Gloria (from outer space) to clue her in on America’s very own top-secret, high-quality, federally-funded childcare system. Plus, Lauren Kennedy and Sarah Muncey from Neighborhood Villages return to tell us how we can make this childcare dream a reality for all. With Caitlin and Charles Vestal, Pierre Fortin, Linda Smith, Ssgt. Alba Ruiz, and Patagonia’s Jenna Johnson.

     

    This podcast is presented by Neighborhood Villages, and is brought to you with generous support from The McCormick Foundation, Trust for Learning, and Spring Point Partners.

     

    What if every child care setting was an ideal learning environment for children? Learn more about the importance of relationships, play, equity, and other key principles at ideallearning.org.

     

    Click this link for a list of current sponsors and discount codes for this show and all Lemonada shows. 

     

    Laugh, cry, be outraged, and hear solutions! Join our community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/nooneiscomingtosaveus 

     

    Stay up to date with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @LemonadaMedia. 

     

    For additional resources, information, and a transcript of the episode, visit lemonadamedia.com.

     

    Riverside.fm is the easiest way to record podcasts and video interviews in studio quality from anywhere. Bad Internet connections don’t affect the recordings because the platform records audio and video locally on each participants’ device. The audio is uncompressed and the video is up to 4k resolution. 

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    • 46 min
    2. Birth of a Broken System

    2. Birth of a Broken System

    Gloria investigates where everything went wrong for childcare in America, and Kristen Bell joins to give Nixon a piece of her mind. “That's the sound of progress dying in the crucible of American politics.” Gloria digs into the shame, guilt, and divisions baked into our earliest day nurseries, and reveals how old-fashioned gender norms and blatant racism killed promising federally-funded, early childcare programs. With Dorothy E. Roberts, Sonya Michel, Alma Gottlieb, Ruth Hoffman, O’Niel Dillon, and Charlotte Riviera (yes – Gloria’s mom).

     

    This podcast is presented by Neighborhood Villages, and is brought to you with generous support from The McCormick Foundation, Trust for Learning, and Spring Point Partners.

     

    For more on high-quality child care, visit ideallearning.org.

     

    Click this link for a list of current sponsors and discount codes for this show and all Lemonada shows. 

     

    Laugh, cry, be outraged, and hear solutions! Join our community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/nooneiscomingtosaveus 

     

    Stay up to date with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @LemonadaMedia. 

     

    For additional resources, information, and a transcript of the episode, visit lemonadamedia.com.

     

    Riverside.fm is the easiest way to record podcasts and video interviews in studio quality from anywhere. Bad Internet connections don’t affect the recordings because the platform records audio and video locally on each participants’ device. The audio is uncompressed and the video is up to 4k resolution. 

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 57 min
    1. You're Not Crazy. Childcare Is.

    1. You're Not Crazy. Childcare Is.

    Gloria breaks down how we’re all breaking down: parents, teachers, and providers. And Kristen Bell joins to “call it like it is” on the cost of childcare. Parents are languishing on waitlists or drowning in tuition bills. Teachers are underpaid. And providers can barely afford to keep the lights on. “We set families up to struggle. We put every barrier we can in their way. And then when they do need assistance, we demonize them as though they've done something wrong and they haven't.” With Lauren Kennedy and Sarah Muncey from Neighborhood Villages, and parents, teachers, and administrators from Ellis Early Education Center in Boston, MA. 

     

    This podcast is presented by Neighborhood Villages, and is brought to you with generous support from The McCormick Foundation, Trust for Learning, and Spring Point Partners.

     

    For more on high-quality child care, visit ideallearning.org.

     

    Click this link for a list of current sponsors and discount codes for this show and all Lemonada shows. 

     

    Laugh, cry, be outraged, and hear solutions! Join our community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/nooneiscomingtosaveus 

     

    Stay up to date with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @LemonadaMedia. 

     

    For additional resources, information, and a transcript of the episode, visit lemonadamedia.com.

     

    Riverside.fm is the easiest way to record podcasts and video interviews in studio quality from anywhere. Bad Internet connections don’t affect the recordings because the platform records audio and video locally on each participants’ device. The audio is uncompressed and the video is up to 4k resolution. 

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 45 min
    Introducing: No One is Coming to Save Us

    Introducing: No One is Coming to Save Us

    A new limited series hosted by Gloria Riviera and featuring Kristen Bell about America's broken childcare system and how we fix it.

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    • 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
725 Ratings

725 Ratings

Calamari28 ,

Excellent! Ready to fight for universal child care.

“We have an opportunity to live our values as a nation by taking care of our kids.”

crosswordssdffgsa ,

Beautiful highlighting this unseen crisis

Wow! As a working mom of a two year this podcast hooked me in the first 3 minutes. We most likely will only have 1 child because of childcare expenses. Every episode resonated with me. The load of motherhood and the struggle emotionally and financially of the first 5 years is crippling working mothers. This is a must listen for everyone.

amanada11 ,

Finally an honest look at childcare

As a professionnel working mom of 3 kids, who at one point had all three in daycare, this podcast hits all the right notes. That most US families can not even afford childcare is a tragedy and crisis in this country.

I have also lived in Quebec, which was mentioned in one of the episodes for having universal care for $8.50/day. I do want to say that it isn’t universal and I know many families who could not get a subsidized spot in this program who paid much much more for care. It is definitely a good idea and a step in the right direction but it isn’t the utopia it sounded like in the episode.

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