Family Child Care Providers Introduce the ‘Building a Better Early Care and Education System Act’

SEIU members rally at the state Capitol and later lobby legislators pushing for child care bill AB 378 to permit child care providers to bargain collectively in Sacramento, Calif., February 6, 2019. Photo by Robert Durell

A loud call by Family Child Care Providers from all over California for the right to collective bargaining was clear throughout the state as nearly 300 Family Child Care Providers, parents, children and supporters descended on our state capitol urging lawmakers to ensure #ChildCareForAll.

Family Child Care Providers with SEIU 521, SEIU 99 and UDW-AFSCME surrounded Assemblywoman Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara) as she introduced AB 378 – The Building a Better Early Care and Education System Act – during the Child Care for All Rally in Sacramento on February 6th.

SEIU members rally at the state Capitol and later lobby legislators pushing for child care bill AB 378 to permit child care providers to bargain collectively in Sacramento, Calif., February 6, 2019. Photo by Robert Durell

“We are rallying around the importance of child care, the importance of having the providers at the table and ensuring that this Act moves forward,” said Limón. “We are ready to be in every legislator’s office to ensure that they know that this is a must. We can’t just increase spots without also having the providers at the table to ensure that the spots we’re increasing are going to yield those dividends that state investments make for every child.”

AB 378 will allow at least 40,000 early childhood educators to join care providers in 11 other states who are able to negotiate with the state for improvements to the early childhood education system.

This includes increasing access for low-income children and families who cannot afford the rising cost of child care – now estimated at as much as $14,000 a year per child in California – and helping providers to be able to support their own families, since they currently do not receive health benefits and earn low wages paid by the state.

SEIU 521 Family Child Care Providers and supporters meet with Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) to share their stories and ask him to support AB 378. Photo by Elsa Mejía

It was empowering to visit with our state lawmakers, where we had the opportunity to talk about and show the crucial work that we, as Family Child Care Providers, do every day for California children and families,” said Nancy Harvey, a Family Child Care Provider in Oakland and SEIU 521 member. “We now expect to see whole value put behind words through full-fledged support of AB 378.”

Join the movement to build a better early care and education system for California children by signing our petition at seiu521.org/ccpetition

 

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