The Objective

Increase access to high quality child care for low-income families in Marin.

The Issue

Many low-income parents in Marin can’t afford child care, and there are approximately 800 children on the waiting list for subsidized child care. Lack of child care options is a barrier to low-income parents finding gainful employment or seeking training opportunities.

Our Approach

With growing momentum in Marin to provide high quality, subsidized child care for low-income children, there are several ways that MCF can participate. In partnership with other local funders, we will invest in increasing the number of subsidized slots for high quality child care available to low-income families, especially single parents who are working or are in job training programs. We will increase access to critical supports for children by connecting subsidized child care and health and social services. And we will support quality improvement through professional development for subsidized center and home-based child care providers in Marin.


This initiative uses an invitation-only application process.

Current Grantees

Reports & Resources


Marin City Early Childhood Education Needs Assessment - December 2018

Courtesy of Community Action Marin & Marin Horizon School

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Our Children's Fear: Immigration Policy's Effects on Young Children

Wendy Cervantes, Rebecca Ullrich, Hannah Matthews - Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP). March 2018

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Immigration Policy’s Harmful Impacts on Early Care and Education

Wendy Cervantes, Rebecca Ullrich, Hannah Matthews - Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP). March 2018

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Leveling the Playing Field for California's Children

Courtesy of Children's Defense Fund California | 2017 Policy Agenda

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AQC/HEAL FY 2018-19 Evaluation Report

Marin Community Foundation's Access to Quality Child Care (AQC) and Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Initiatives

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For questions regarding this initiative, please contact

Clifton Zarate Barbara
Barbara Clifton Zarate

Director for Economic Opportunity

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