Beyond Care, Brooklyn, NY

“Beyond Care” is a socially responsible cooperative business whose members provide childcare services. Founded on the basis of democracy, equality, and justice, Beyond care promotes living wage jobs in a safe and healthy working environment, while promoting personal growth and educational opportunities for its members. Our core values are solidarity, respect, and professionalism.

Beyond Care, Child Care Cooperative was launched in Sunset Park, Brooklyn in June 2008. With the support of the Center for Family Life (CFL), 25 immigrant women have come together to conceptualize, plan and launch a membership cooperative business. The business plan was based on models of immigrant owned cooperatives (particularly in Long Island and Oakland, CA) that have been successful in helping immigrant men and women increase income, build internal leadership and provide mutual support.

The cooperative is designed to promote living wage jobs that will be done in a safe and healthy environment, as well as to provide social supports and educational opportunities for our members

We have 25 founding members, all of whom have completed eight weeks of training. All members have an equal vote in decisions regarding policy and operations. Besides, members work together to promote the business and meet bi-weekly for ongoing training and support.rt.

Beyond Care, Child Care Cooperative receives support and guidance from the Center for Family Life in Sunset Park, a nonprofit community-based organization providing social services for children, youth and families in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, since 1978.

Cooperative structure

Beyond Care has been a worker-owned cooperative since 2008.

The Center for Family Life in Sunset Park acts as their agent, with 100% of the fees going to the workers.

All 25 members have completed a 8-week training that included the following:

CPR training class with FDNY

Child Development class by the Sunset Park Head Start teachers and directors Workshop on using music, dance, food, and other forms of play with children Safety in the home – What to do in an emergency & providing a safety check in the home Labor Laws on domestic work by an organizer from Domestic Workers United Rules & Regulations of a Cooperative Business Marketing workshops with Vidal Partnership 

Beyond Care

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