In the summer of 2014, our Executive Board voted to formally recognize Child Care Providers as members of the SEIU Local 521 family.
California’s family child care providers have worked for years to build a union. Right now, providers statewide are building a powerful movement to have a voice in improving and fixing:
- A broken child care system that has led to providers going months without pay to the point of having to close their doors,
- A lack of quality training,
- A need for higher standards so that all children being cared for in home settings are prepared for kindergarten, and
- Thousands of families on waiting lists for their services.
Providers are working hard to win their union. While they are now full members of SEIU Local 521, they are still fighting to be granted collective bargaining rights by the State. Until then, they are without a contract and without a seat at the table to fix the broken system.