On Friday, June 8, SEIU 521 Family Child Care Providers met with officials from the Fresno Child Care Regional Office and officials from the Department of Social Services (DSS) to discuss the issues that we face in our profession and opportunities to improve child care for the communities we serve.
When Family Child Care Providers have a seat at the table, it gives us a voice in shaping the future of California’s child care system.
Among the many things we discussed were…
- Fostering the relationships between analysts and providers so that we have a better idea of who is coming into our businesses to evaluate us and a better understanding of what they are looking for;
- Developing trainings that will better help Family Child Care Providers learn new skills, provide better care to children, and build our businesses;
- Providing time for our members to attend orientation for new Family Child Care Providers who are opening their daycare to discuss the resources and opportunities they have by choosing to join our union;
- The importance of continuing to build the relationship between SEIU 521 Family Child Care Providers and state officials so we that we can do things like develop trainings that will help benefit providers.
This meeting was a positive step forward for the work we’ve been doing to have a voice in the family child care system. Officials from the Department of Social Services complimented the work that providers in our union are doing to bring one another together and to keep each other informed.
DSS officials also recognized the value of us being united so we can keep the child care system accountable to providers and families.
In order for Family Child Care Providers to be in compliance with state rules, there’s a lot of information we must stay up to date on. In our meeting, we also discussed ways to help Family Child Care Providers learn the technical skills we need to access the information on different websites, better understand quarterly reports, and stay updated on new policies and mandatory reporting.
“I felt like it was a very productive meeting. They asked us when we were available to meet again, and I’m really looking forward to continuing these important conversations,” said Celeste Galeno, an SEIU 521 Family Child Care Provider from Tulare County.
By building a collaborative relationship with DSS, SEIU 521 Family Child Care Providers can bring our concerns and issues to the table so that we can work through obstacles together and find solutions that work for everyone.