AB 676: A Safer Environment for Child Care Providers and Children

One Step Closer: AB 676, Child Care Training Bill Passed the Assembly!

Now, AB 676 will continue through the legislative process and go to the California Senate.

The following statement was made by Riko Mendez, Chief Elected Officer, SEIU Local 521:

“Child care workers are greatly encouraged by the Assembly’s support of AB 676, the Child Care Stability and Health Safety Act, and the recognition that the health and physical well-being of early educators is vital to a safe teaching environment for our youngest children.

“As any working parent can tell you, stable, reliable child care is essential to maintaining their jobs. When child care workers are hurt on the job and forced to close for even a day, there is a ripple effect for communities and the workforce. Parents must miss work, employers lose productivity and children miss a day of learning. The ability for child care workers to receive training, skills and knowledge needed to prevent serious injuries and continue working will be a benefit to all who depend on the child care system.”

Background

The Child Care Stability and Health Safety Act (AB 676, Limón) is the practical solution child care workers need to reduce and prevent work-related hazards. AB 676 passed the Assembly Appropriations Committee and the Assembly after thousands of emails and calls. Together, we raised our collective voices on behalf of the millions of child care providers, including many SEIU 521 members, who would benefit greatly from AB 676.

At a time when our healthcare is under threat, it is essential that California step in to help child care providers stay healthy on the job. This important training bill will ensure that child care providers can stay safe and healthy and keep our doors open to the kids and parents who need them.

 

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