The Waiting List

A film by Tamara Perkins



All parents need childcare, and all children deserve the early education that prepares them for lifelong learning so they can thrive in school and in life. America’s current system of childcare and early education is built upon a history of gender, race and class bias that dismisses the needs of women, children and families. The Waiting List is a feature length documentary that combines vérité and essay storytelling to explore these issues through the work of parent advocacy leader and national organizer Clarissa Doutherd. As a formerly homeless mother, her experience propels her work to empower parents and to fight for quality child care and early education for all. The film follows Clarissa beginning in 2016, covering her local and national work driving the movement for comprehensive childcare and early education for all families. The Waiting List’s unique equity lens delves into the socioeconomic and health impacts of continuing to do away with supports for children, families, and caregivers.

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