‘As we focused on the obstacle course neighborhood women -welfare poor, working poor, and working-class women who live side-by-side – negotiated each day just to survive, we decided that the obstacle course itself had to change. We realized that no one had adequately analyzed how the combined impact of many features of poor and low-income neighborhoods kept women and their families from leading more productive lives. No one, to our knowledge, had taken a comprehensive approach to changing the conditions that oppress women in these neighborhoods, such as the lack of affordable, decent housing, the shortage of housing for large families, the dearth of childcare services, the gaps, inconsistencies, and fragmentation of social service programs, the distance of jobs from where women live, and unsafe and inadequate public transportation. Rather, the approach has been to offer single-shot programs in isolation from each other at inconvenient times and locations, and to offer them to target groups crudely defined on the basis of income.’
In 1975 the Small World Day Care Center and the Swinging Sixties Senior Center opened on 211 Ainslie St in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, as one of the first achievements from the NCNW. Several training programs for low-income women to become licensed childcare providers were available through the NCNW. Neighborhood woman Tillie Tarantino served as director of the center for decades. After 37 years from it’s opening, the Small World Day Care Center and the Swinging Sixties are still in operation.
To learn more about Small World Day Care Center and the Swinging Sixties Senior Center please join us on our Walking Tour.