Our coalition of Family Child Care Providers, early education and children’s advocates, parents, and Kid Governor made historic strides!
Hundreds of providers and allies from across the state — many who spent Wednesday morning traveling by bus — arrived in Sacramento early on April 29 to call on the Senate Labor Committee and the Senate Education Committee to support and pass SB-548.
“A quality child care program provides an important foundation for a child to succeed in school,” said bill author, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León. “California must invest in child care programs to tackle poverty and empower parents to provide a better life for themselves and their families.”
After both committees passed SB-548, supporters gathered outside the capitol for the Rally for Children. The rally opened with a special performance by the Dream Achievers, a band comprised of talented musicians with autism. State Senators Hannah Beth Jackson, Holly Mitchell and Isadore Hall spoke about the critical role of early education and family child care in supporting working families and preparing California’s children for success in school and life.
“Educating and caring for our children is God’s work!”
– Isadore Hall, III, State Senator for district 35
Family Child Care Providers Tonia McMillan and Alice Delagarza along with Areva Martin from the Special Needs Network and our very own Kid Governor emphasized that it their work has, and always will be, about the children.
“Child care providers create ladders of opportunity for our children, and provide working families critical support so they can go to work with peace of mind.”
– Alice Delagarza, SEIU Local 521 Child Care Provider
The act will provide:
- More low-cost child care openings for working parents
- A voice with the State for front-line family child care providers
- Expand training for all early educators
- Research on most effective ways to support low-wage parents