Family Child Care Providers in California are boldly moving forward in our path to winning our union. Our bill, AB 378 —The Building a Better Early Care and Education System Act— will empower early care educators with the right to negotiate with the state to improve workers’ salaries and benefits.
After hearing from thousands of united providers in a more than 15-year effort, the California Assembly has passed AB 378, and our bill is now in the state Senate. We know that this is the direct result of our coming together in our union – Child Care Providers United (CCPU) – and that it would not have been possible without each other.
The progress we achieved by rallying, sharing our personal stories during Legislature hearings, gathering many supporter signatures, visiting one-on-one with lawmakers to educate them about our bill, among so much more, is how we reached this victory. But we know that there is still so much more to be done, so we continue to watch closely while we keep on pushing our bill towards Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk.
With a state Governor who has made childhood education a cornerstone of his plan for California, we are in a unique position to finally 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. With the passage of AB 378, California would join 11 other states that provide family child care providers with the freedom to join together and to negotiate changes to the system they support.
It will also provide educators with a voice to improve the quality and accessibility of care. In addition to speaking up for our bill, we are working together to organize more than 40,000 Family Child Care Providers like ourselves throughout California.
As CCPU members, we know that the collective power we are building each day for ourselves, our families and our communities only keeps growing because we are coming together in our union.