NEW WALK-IN HOURS AT OUR MAIN OFFICE. Effective April 22, 2024, our office will be open Tuesdays-Thursdays, 9:30am-4:30pm (closed Mondays and Fridays).
NUEVO HORARIO DE ATENCIÓN EN NUESTRA OFICINA PRINCIPAL. A partir del 22 de abril de 2024, nuestra oficina estará abierta de martes a jueves, de 9:30 a 16:30 (lunes y viernes cerrado).

Expanding Economic Opportunity

All work deserves respect and a fair wage

Help expand economic opportunity

Expand Economic Opportunity

Addressing barriers to financial stability

Almost one-third of Marin residents live paycheck to paycheck, just to make ends meet and cover basic needs. For people of color, that figure exceeds 55%. While Marin’s high cost of living creates a financial challenge for many local residents, it is those of lowest income who face the largest barriers to economic stability and opportunity. 

Early childhood teachers are among the most underpaid professions in our community and across the country. When all occupations are ranked by annual pay, childcare workers remain near the bottom, with preschool teachers only slightly above them. There are also sizable disparities within the field, depending on where someone works. A preschool teacher in the Bay Area making an average salary of $51,500 in a community setting could earn nearly $85,000 teaching transitional kindergarten in a school setting. And according to the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment at UC Berkeley, compared to their peer teachers in the K-8th grade system, early educators are 7.7 times more likely to experience poverty. 

Caregiving sits at the intersection of racial and economic justice

The roles of caregiving have historically been and continue to be held by women of color. These roles have been undercompensated compared to similar positions in other fields, and it continues to this day, harming the individuals working in these roles and their families. Adding further harm on a systemic level, the state and federal funding streams that support early childhood programs perpetuate this structural pay inequity. 

Investments in early childhood educators have widespread benefits

Changes to the way we view and compensate early childhood educators are needed to address historical inequities and leverage the immense contributions they make to our families and communities. We can build a system of early care and education that works for children and families and supports our economy without it being at the expense of the early childhood workforce. Increasing the wages of early childhood educators to achieve pay equity with K-12 educatorsis not only fair, but it also has positive ripple effects on the rest of society.  

Being there for families, like Maria Pech’s, when they need us most.

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Marin County is one of the wealthiest counties, not just in California, but also in the United States of America. I think the inequities that exist, whether it’s access to healthy food, to a good education, homelessness, all of those social dilemmas that we face as a society exist here in Marin. I think Community Action Marin is at the heart of trying to get those problems addressed, partnering with different organizations within the county, different NGOs, county governments, town governments to ultimately eradicate the problems that are brought about by poverty. I think it’s just about leveraging the power of collective action for the benefit of the people who need us the most.

Roger Crawford
Former Board President