California Family Child Care Providers, including dozens of SEIU 521 members, were joined by mothers, grandmothers and community partners as they rallied in Sacramento where they spoke directly with legislators on May 1st —May Day.
May Day is celebrated all over the world as International Workers’ Day. It is a day that recognizes the contributions of working people and their unions and is an opportunity to highlight the struggles working families face as wealth and income inequalities are at an all-time high.
A sea of yellow shirts once again filled our state capitol building as we spoke up for the passage of AB 378 (Limón), The Building a Better Early Care and Education System Act.
AB 378 would allow us the right to negotiate with the state, and use our voice to make changes to improve California’s early childhood education system.
Our Family Child Care Providers are working together to change state rules that prevent kids from getting the care they deserve, and that keep caregivers struggling to make ends meet doing the job they love.
California would join 11 other states that provide early child care educators with the freedom to join together and to negotiate changes to the system they support.
Our Family Child Care Providers are also urging the Legislature to pass five bills that would increase access to care, and address how California’s housing crisis is affecting providers’ ability to provide services out of their homes:
- SB 234 (Skinner) – The Keeping Kids Close to Home Act would allow family child care homes to avoid costly and burdensome zoning and permitting requirements in order to help serve more kids and families.
- SB 321 (Mitchell) – The Strong Start for CalWORKs Families Act would streamline Stage 1 child care eligibility rules so that all CalWORKs families are afforded the same benefits of stable, reliable, and consistent child care necessary to improve their family’s success and end the cycle of poverty.
- SB 174 (Leyva) would require the State Department of Education to create a plan for a single, regionalized state reimbursement rate and ensure that the plan’s methodology includes certain things, including that the state’s diverse early childhood education teachers and providers be competitively compensated
- AB 194 (Gomez-Reyes) Child Care Access – Requires $1 billion, upon appropriation in the annual Budget Act or other statute, to be made available to immediately improve access to alternative payment programs and general child care and development programs, as specified, for the state’s eligible children and families in need.
- AB 324 (Aguiar- Curry) Expands access to stipends designed to facilitate the professional development and retention of providers of high-quality subsidized child care.
Child Care Providers Rally on International Workers’ Day
May 1st, 2019
Are you a Family Child Care Provider who wants to RISE UP for a better early care and education system in California and ensure we WIN our union?