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Our meeting in Illinois was a hands-on design brainstorming session, so we were all pretty occupied with group work. Our group consisted of two childcare givers, several staff members from SEIU-HCII, and a few participants from the ICA. The emphasis that emerged for the CoRise platform was something that could support childcare workers with the onerous paperwork and bureaucracy related to licensing and subsidies.

  • CoRise Cooperative—owned and controlled by family childcare providers
  • childcare deserts - for every 3 children, there is only one childcare spot
  • highly regulated yet underfunded-low pay ($15k, no benefits; long hours 67 hours/week)
  • onboarding—what a is a coop, what is this coop? reminders and notifications for compliance—to address the huge barrier to renewals of licensing, etc.
  • tech-enabled forum for caregåivers to connect—share knowledge/tips/supplies/events
  • carina care- labour backed non-profit backing service in washington state for matching caregivers — Carina will build CoRise's marketing plan and share their marketplace software
  • major funder is citibank community development fund
  • looking at free real estate from the city of chicago for building pre-zoned care spaces for the cooperative
  • "the money point is really hard for people—the system is underfunded and yet they still don't get their money on time
  • Technology to streamline administrative requirements for providers
  • Predictable payments—this would be an intermediary between payment providers
    • so for example, CoRise takes out a line of credit to bridge payments to providers
  • Sept. 21 deadline—wants feedback from us on technical plan, contributions
  • Interns did a comparison of all subsidized caregiving forms that people have to fill out—including parents and providers
    • a lot of common information across these forms and that are consistent year over year
  • Create a database that populates the information, and reminders to fill it out
    • All of the paperwork is super burdensome
  • Carina is going to do the marketing website
    • timeline and cost for their services for creating a customized marketing for providers
      • matching parents to providers
    • they started off as a two-sided marketplace, but now eight-sided including employers, admin
    • Carina's current platform is probably pretty translatable to CoRise's needs
  • All technology will need to be integrated—paperwork with marketplace, etc.
  • A member management database might be common across all cooperatives
    • and these forms could feed into that member management system
    • based on CiviCRM?
    • "i'm open to civicrm, but i'm not going to fix it up myself, i need a designer"
  • Greg Brodsky - "if you build something reusable, we'll use it"
  • Looked at WorkIt app
  • Interested in asynchronous communication
    • credit people for their contribution—you gave a lot to the knowledge base, forums, etc.
  • CCA Global — what do they start with? Greg might be a good person to talk to, might be open to sharing CCA Global's IP

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