Tackling Erie's Childcare Crisis - Early Childcare Investment Policy Initiative

February 16th,2024 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Professor/Instructor/Speaker: Court Gould

Tackling Erie's Childcare Crisis — Early Childcare Investment Policy Initiative


For too long childcare's profound contributions, particularly to the economy, have been underappreciated. And now, the provision of childcare services in Erie, like the nation over, is in crisis. Low, uncompetitive pay for care workers and thus staffing shortages; rising costs of running childcare centers themselves; working families that cannot afford childcare and thus must remain home rather than report to a job; and more are pushing access to childcare to a breaking point. The public is invited to hear from the team of experts JES has deployed to lead the Early Childcare Investment Policy Initiative. Come explore the high stakes for Erie, the challenges, and contribute your ideas to lasting solutions.


Location: Jefferson Educational Society - 3207 State Street, Erie, PA 16508

Date/Time: Friday, February 16 at Noon

Admission: FREE, optional $5 boxed lunch (please register 48 hours in advance for lunch) 

Parking: lot behind building, State Street, 33rd Street, 32nd Street, French Street

Court Gould

Court Gould, M.P.A., lives in downtown Erie and served 20 years as founding executive director of Sustainable Pittsburgh. He established the organization as a leader in accelerating the policy and practice of sustainable development borrowing from cities around the world regarding local strategies for Smart Growth, Regional Equitable Development, DEI, Transportation for Livable Communities, Energy Visioning and Strategy, Outdoor Recreation, Sustainable Community Development, Blight and Abandonment, Sustainable Business Strategies, and more. After three years with the Erie Community Foundation as vice president of Community Impact, Gould is a sustainable solutions consultant and certified professional coach. His education includes an M.P.A. from the University of Southern California and a BA in Political Science from Tufts University. He attended the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders and earned Professional Coach Certification from Duquesne University.