DMBA Alum, Catalina Garcia, just won the Silvia Harris Citizen Design award with her team, Johnna Flood and Maggie Ollove. GMA Village an affordable childcare service for low-income families in Oakland, California that leverages local grandmothers as trained and trusted providers. This service leverages a powerful community asset – grandmothers – to meet the need for childcare in a way that is both affordable to parents and beneficial to providers.
Currently the team is building out and protoyping the program in West Oakland through a participatory model that engages the community in the process. They partnered with Bananas a nonprofit child care resource and referral agency that serves a wide range of families in the area. Together they are building the Gma Village into a network of grandmothers who can offer a caring alternative for low-income families.
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