February 2023 Partner Plan Act Newsletter

February 6, 2023

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare”-Audre Lorde 

Community Systems Statewide Supports (CS3)  

One of the many resources offered by CS3 are the On-Demand Learning modules, which are designed for collaboration leaders, early childhood advocates, and community members to take e-learning into their own hands. The CS3 team had recently launched the new course “Early Childhood Collaboration Governance.” This course aims to help collaborations navigate and establish a governance structure, which is fundamental to a responsive and effective collaboration. For more information and to access the course, click here.  

Partner Plan Act Conference  

In case you missed the announcement, the annual Partner Plan Act conference, Equity from the Start: Overcoming Obstacles, Leveraging Opportunities, will take place virtually on Tuesday through Thursday, May 16-18, 2023! Be sure to save the date now. Registration is coming soon. Keep an eye out for an announcement and check the Partner Plan Act website for updates. 

We are excited to announce our closing keynote speaker as Ai-Jen Poo. Ai-jen Poo is a next-generation labor leader, award-winning organizer, best-selling author, and the co-founder and Executive Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, a non-profit organization working to bring dignity and fairness to the growing numbers of workers who care and clean in our homes.  

In 2011, Poo launched Caring Across Generations, a campaign to address the nation’s crumbling care infrastructure, catalyzing groundbreaking policy change including the nation’s first family caregiver benefit in Hawaii and the first long-term care social insurance fund in Washington State. In 2015, she released her widely acclaimed book, The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America, making the case for access to care for all families.   

Recognized among Fortune’s 50 World’s Greatest Leaders and Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, Poo has also been the recipient of countless awards, including a 2014 MacArthur “Genius” Grant. She has been a featured speaker at TEDWomen, Aspen Ideas Festival, Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, Skoll World Forum, and the Obama Foundation Inaugural Summit. Her writing has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, TIME, Maire Claire, Glamour, Cosmopolitan and CNN.com, among others.  

Thanks to Poo and her activism, states across the U.S. are continuing to improve working conditions and labor standards for domestic workers, and her leadership has helped inspire a vibrant, growing national movement of workers standing up for better treatment.  

Photo description: Ai-Jen Poo, an Asian woman with medium-length straight black hair, is in front of a white background. She wears thin, wire rimmed glasses and smiles with her arms crossed at the camera. She also wears a red-orange colored dress with a bow.


Care work is some of the most important work in our society as it supports children, families, and individuals across their lifespans. However, despite the critical work childcare providers do for families and society as a whole, their work is systematically undervalued. This brief report shares findings from interviews and the recommendations from providers. 

Trainings and Events  

Early childhood collaborations recruit and support parents to actively participate in the role of Collaboration Parent Leader. In this role, parents share leadership and decision-making power with other collaboration members and engage other parents. Join the second part of the four-part workshop series, Practical Strategies to Engage Parents in Your Collaboration, to gain practical steps in engaging parents as Collaboration Parent Leaders. This workshop is Gateways-approved and presented by the CS3 team. 

Dominating White Ways: Training by Chicago Regional Organizing for Antiracism (CROAR) | Wednesday March 1, 2023, through Thursday, March 2, 2023 

The CS3 Team is partnering with CROAR to offer a workshop called “Dominating White Ways: Exploring the Commonplace Nature of White Supremacy and its Power to Co-opt Us” on Wednesday, March 1st through Thursday, March 2nd, from 9am-12:30pm. 

White supremacy ideology is perhaps the greatest barrier to achieving socio-political, economic, cultural, and ecological sustainability in the USA. It is critically important that community and institutional leaders grasp the widespread constancy of white supremacy ideology; their conditioned investment in the ideology; and begin to imagine how to collaborate with others to dismantle it. 

*There is limited capacity of 30 slots for these trainings. Please only sign up if you are available to attend both days. Signing up does not guarantee a spot.  

Collaboration Data Sharing | Thursday, April 13, 2023 

This virtual workshop will examine several ways in which collaborations can facilitate data sharing between organizations. Facilitators explore challenges and opportunities for collaborations to establish effective and secure data management and sharing practices. This training is Gateways approved!