For a fragile child care system, shared services and legislative activism show potential

The State Early Learning Alliance is a membership organization of about 30 independent child care centers that pools resources to save money on essential services and free up time to focus on providing high-quality care. The group harnesses shared purchasing power to negotiate better deals for a wide range of necessary goods and services, including building maintenance, insurance, payroll and administration, food, and classroom supplies. Providers save thousands of dollars a year, which can help with skyrocketing child care costs and staff shortages due to low pay.

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