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Public Hearing

The Public Hearing podcast welcomed Edward Street’s Eve Gilmore and Kim Davenport and others for a mini-season on early childhood.

Hosted by Action! by Design founder Josh Croke, Public Hearing is a podcast and radio show about the creation of sustainable and thriving cities rooted in equity, justice, and joy. Learn more at Action! by Design and listen on your favorite podcast platform.

Listen to Public Hearing wherever you get your podcasts and on WICN 90.5FM, Worcester’s NPR affiliate station. 


What’s the current state of childcare in Worcester and statewide? Kim discusses today’s challenges and opportunities, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Strategies for Children Executive Director Amy O’Leary delves into the pandemic experiences of parents, guardians, and children, and the need to fairly compensate early education and care workers.

Eve dishes on the importance of high-quality learning and care for every child and addresses the challenges of developing racial and gender equity in childcare.

Southeast Asian Coalition’s Anh Vu Sawyer sheds light on difficulties facing recent immigrants and refugee families, and the supportive role of early learning and care.

YWCA of Central Massachusetts Early Education and Care Program Assistant Director and Subsidy Administrator Vanessa Martinez talks relationship-building with families and the childcare staffing crisis.