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SEIU 521 Family Child Care Providers have been hard at work moving our profession forward and making sure parents and providers have a voice and a seat at the table when decisions are made that impact child care.

California’s child care system is broken, underfunded, and inaccessible, leaving hard working parents struggling to access quality, affordable child care and providers struggling in poverty wage jobs. That’s why early educators are uniting with parents and other stakeholders to fight for a system that ensures all parents have access to dependable care and all providers earn livable wages and a strong, united voice on the job.

Are you interested in being part of our movement to fix California’s broken child care system? Click here to get in touch with someone and learn how you can get involved. If you’re ready to take the next step and become a member of SEIU 521, click here.

Victory! Gov. Newsom Signs AB 378 into Law – 40,000 Child Care Providers Win the Right to Form a Union

VictoryAfter a 16-year-long fight, the persistence of our child care providers has paid off. California Governor Newsom signed a law on September 30, 2019, that gives 40,000 child care providers the right to form our union. That means we can now form our union and negotiate for better pay, benefits and high-quality child care for all kids.

This historic victory was made possible thanks to the incredible strength and persistence of our child care providers working in unity. This win proves not only the incredible strength and persistence of child care providers, but what we can do when we work together.

Press Release – September 30, 2019

GOVERNOR NEWSOM SIGNS LAW THAT ALLOWS CHILD CARE PROVIDERS TO HAVE THEIR UNION FORMALLY RECOGNIZED

Push by 40,000 California Child Care Providers

Upends Outdated, Broken Labor Laws

Workers Organized 16 Years for This Moment

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the Building a Better Early Care and Education System Act (AB 378) by Assemblymember Monique Limón into law on September 30, 2019, setting the stage for California’s largest union election in decades. Approximately 40,000 family child care providers —mainly Black, Brown and Asian women who care for the children of some of the state’s lowest-paid workers— now have the right to negotiate with the state and form a union.

“This is truly a historic day for child care providers. This means we will have the power to fundamentally change what it’s like to work in early childhood education in California,” said Carolyn Carpenter, an Oakland family child care provider and member of Child Care Providers United.  “Every worker should have the opportunity to form a union, no matter what work they do.”

“Together, we can fix our fragmented child care system that has kept our wages low and the price of child care high for working families,” said Alicia Turner, a family provider in Patterson, California and a member of CCPU.

There are 40,000 child care providers who care for children that receive subsidized child care in California. The median income for these providers is $12 an hour, but some licensed providers make as little as $5 an hour per child. Fifty-eight percent rely on government assistance programs to support their families. Child care providers are overwhelmingly women of color, including many immigrants, whose important work – taking care of and educating young children – was never recognized by our laws.

Child care providers want to create a pathway to prosperity by negotiating higher wages and increasing benefits. They also aim to transform the industry by improving access to training and increasing the standards of quality care.

With low pay, cuts to state subsidies, and a lack of benefits, child care providers struggle to retain talent and keep their doors open, and parents pay the price by losing their trusted caregivers with little or no notice. Only 15 percent of child care providers receive health insurance from their job, compared with nearly 50 percent of workers in other occupations.

“My child care provider, Charlotte Neal is like family. My three children and I love her and depend on her care every work day. I drive for Amazon and my schedule can change dramatically. She always comes through for us, so I’m glad she will be able to form her union and fight for a better child care system,” said Ruby Chege of Sacramento. “This law will not only help child care providers support their own families, it will help parents like me who need assistance find and keep child care providers we trust.”

In 2017, eight out of nine children eligible for subsidized child care (more than 2 million children)  did not receive services from a full-day program, and only 228,100 children eligible for subsidized care were enrolled in full-day state programs.

AB 378 allows family child care providers to advocate for improvements to the child care system, such as greater access for children and families, and to negotiate for pay that can support their own families. Even without formal recognition of their important role in the system, providers won more state funding for early care and education, improved training for providers and expanded access to care for more families. Child care providers have been uniting their co-workers across the state since 2003. They organize under the banner Child Care Providers United (CCPU). Their efforts were supported by SEIU and AFSCME-UDW.

Their organizing effort is the largest in California since 1997 when homecare workers were granted the right to collectively bargain. Once CCPU wins a democratic election of child care providers, California will be legally required to negotiate with providers over rates, training requirements, and other state government decisions that impact subsidized child care providers.

With this law, California becomes the 12th state to recognize collective bargaining for child care providers.

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Child Care Providers United California (CCPU) is a union of family child care providers across the state who are members of SEIU Local 99, SEIU Local 521, and UDW/AFSCME Local 3930. 

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California Legislature Votes to Strengthen Early Learning, Opportunities for Family Child Care Providers Through Their Union

SACRAMENTO – Child Care Providers United released the following statement following the Senate and Assembly’s approval of AB 378 (Limón), The Building a Better Early Care and Education System Act:

“With the passage of this legislation, the child care workforce is closer to having the opportunity to sit down with the state and improve child care system so it becomes the best in the nation,” said Tonia McMillian, a Bellflower family child care provider who served on the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Early Childhood Education and is a member of SEIU Local 99.

“We will work to ensure every child–regardless of his or her background or neighborhood–has the chance to succeed. Child care work has long been women’s work and written out of the formal economy and out of the rules that help us form unions and get ahead, lifting up our families and our communities. That’s kept our wages low and and the price of child care high. Child care providers are ready to lead for change.”

“AB 378 (Limón) supports Governor Newsom’s focus on early childhood education and the challenges working parents face as they juggle work schedules and affording life in California, ” added Monnick Antilla, a family child care provider and UDW/AFSCME Local 3930 member in Riverside County. “Creating a California for All means we must support early childhood educators in our mission to close opportunity gaps for and the children and parents we serve. When our union is recognized at the bargaining table, we will put California in a stronger position to deliver the care every child deserves.”

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Child Care Providers United California (CCPU) is a union of family child care providers across the state who are members of SEIU Local 99, SEIU Local 521, and UDW/AFSCME Local 3930. AB 378 would allow family child care providers to negotiate with the state to improve their salaries and benefits and provide educators with a voice to improve the quality and accessibility.

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“Our Community, Our County, Our Future” Forums in Santa Clara County

Community members share stories and discuss how we can work together to build a #SantaClaraCountyForAll

Community Forum in San Jose

Community partners and Santa Clara County members hosted a series of three “Our Community, Our County, Our Future” forums in Gilroy, Mountain View, and San Jose on July 20, July 27, and August 3 respectively. More than 200 community members shared stories and discussed how we can work together to build a better Santa Clara County. Calls were made to increase revenues in order to fund important housing, child care, and healthcare services provided by the county.

It’s time for Santa Clara County to fix the housing, child care, and healthcare crises affecting our community. We need to invest in our families and our community now – #SantaClaraCountyForAllClick here to learn more. (PDF)

The County Supervisors decides how our public funds are used; they have the ability to address these issues.

Here is what you can do:

  • Add your name now to make sure your name is included when we deliver the petition to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, August 13.
  • Share the petition with your co-workers, friends, and family members: bit.ly/sccforallpetition

In the 10 years since the end of the great recession, our county’s most vulnerable residents have fallen further behind. More than 1 in 7 of our residents are living in poverty in one of the richest areas of our nation! Many people struggle to afford the costs of housing, child care, and healthcare in this strong economy, and that number has risen dramatically in the past 10 years. 

“In the past 10 years, rents have increased by 60% and home prices by 158% in Silicon Valley. This means that residents struggle with an average cost of $2,341 a month [1] while wages haven’t kept up with the staggering housing cost increases. As a dire consequence, we see more people living on our streets, and more working people with less than ideal housing situations or on the verge of becoming homeless. We are urging the County to work with us and our residents to fix this crisis and make housing more affordable. Housing is a basic human right!” said María Marroquín, Executive Director for the Day Workers’ Center of Mountain View.

“Eight out of nine children that are eligible for subsidized child care don’t receive services in Santa Clara County [2]. Time and time again, it’s been proven that early education is key for our children’s future and the well-being of our community. It’s time for the county to address the child care crisis faced by working families, especially single parents so that our kids can get a good start in life, and parents can continue to be productive citizens. Our kids and working families deserve better!” said Claudia Rossi, Santa Clara County Board of Education Trustee.

Despite the overall high rates of insurance and providers in the County of Santa Clara, many residents complained that healthcare is unaffordable due to the high cost of co-pays, deductibles, medicine, and treatment. “Despite being one of the wealthiest counties in the state, Santa Clara County still experiences high rates of childhood obesity, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses. Hardest hit are the poor, the unstably housed, those who lack access to fresh, affordable food and those without comprehensive healthcare [3]. Our public health care system must be strengthened to include robust prevention, a non-profit primary care network, community-based behavioral health, and county safety-net services for our ethnically diverse communities. As a social justice issue, healthcare is a right!” said Dolores Alvarado, Community Health Partnership CEO.

The series of three community forums were sponsored by CARAS (Community Agency for Resources, Advocacy, and Services), Community Health Partnership, Day Workers’ Center of Mountain View, Health Trust, Mountain View Tenants Coalition, South Bay Labor Council, SV@HomeActionFund, Wage Theft Coalition – Santa Clara County, Working Partnerships USA, the Mt. Madonna YMCA, and SEIU Local 521.

Speakers included:

  • Rebeca Armendariz, CARAS President of the Board
  • Dolores Alvarado, Community Health Partnership CEO
  • María Marroquín, Executive Director for the Day Workers’ Center of Mountain View
  • Reymundo Espinoza, Gardner Health Services CEO
  • Paula Perez, Founder of Mountain View Tenants Coalition
  • Ruth Silver Taube, Co-Chair of the Santa Clara County Wage Theft Coalition
  • Claudia Rossi, Santa Clara County Board of Education Trustee Area 4
  • Peter Ortiz, Santa Clara County Office of Education Trustee Area 6
  • Jeffrey Buchanan, Working Partnerships USA, Director of Public Policy
  • Asn Ndiaye, Working Partnerships USA, Policy Manager
  • Maria Ruiz, McDonalds Worker and Leader in the “Fight for $15” Movement
  • Patricia Moran, Family Child Care Provider, Santa Clara County
  • Ellen Rollins, In-Home Supportive Services Worker and Commissioner on the Santa Clara County Council of Aging
  • Riko Mendez, SEIU Local 521 Chief Elected Officer
  • Mullissa Willette, SEIU Local 521 Localwide Vice President
  • Corazon Mendoza, Community advocate and 14-year veteran in the child care field
  • Ash Kalra, California Assemblymember (via video)

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[1] Citing figures from the U.S. Census, the 2019 Silicon Valley Index calculates that the San Jose/Sunnyvale/Santa Clara area’s monthly average housing costs are the highest in the U.S. at an estimated $2,341 per month.

[2] Exploring the Unmet Need for Subsidized Child Care and Development Programs in California, California Budget & Policy Center, Feb. 25, 2019

[3] 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment Report – Stanford Health Care – https://stanfordhealthcare.org/content/dam/SHC/about-us/public-services-and-community-partnerships/docs/SHC-2019-CHNA-report-final.pdf

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Our Family Child Care Providers Join Governor Gavin Newsom to Celebrate Budget Signing

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Governor Gavin Newsom signed California’s 2019-20 budget on June 27 and our Family Child Care Providers joined him in Sacramento on July 1 for a celebration of this historical investment, which includes early care and education. Family Child Care Providers from SEIU Local 521, SEIU Local 99 and UDW-Child Care Providers United turned out in support.

“We are supporting our Governor because, just like us, he sees the value of investing in the future of California,” said Ayde Jaime, a Family Child Care Provider in Kern County and a member of SEIU Local 521. (more…)

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Our Family Child Care Providers lead own training after attending “Train The Trainer”

EspañolBlogIMG_9098Our Family Child Care Providers took part in “Train The Trainer” in San Jose in early June. The two-day leadership and skills building conference offered several workshops for early childhood educators. Family Child Care Providers and SEIU Local 521 members, Patricia Moran and Vicky Ramirez, were among the various participants. (more…)

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Celebrating our bill AB 378 passing state Assembly as we continue to speak up in state Senate

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W.IMG_0518 AB 378 – The Building a Better Early Care and Education System Act cleared the state Assembly, and is making its way through the state Senate. AB 378 would allow Family Child Care Providers to have collective bargaining rights. Family Child Care Providers, parents and supporters from throughout the state stood up for our bill before the legislature. (more…)

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AB 378 Passes The CA Senate Labor Committee

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On June 26, dozens of Family Child Care Providers from throughout California spoke up for our bill AB 378 – The Building a Better Early Care and Education System Act during a California Senate Labor Committee hearing in Sacramento. Members of Child Care Providers United-California (CCPU), which is made up by members from SEIU Local 521, SEIU Local 99 and UDW-CCPU, were joined by children, their parents and community allies who also believe every family in our state should have access to affordable and quality early care and education. (more…)

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AB 378 Clears California Assembly and Heads to State Senate

CCPU members rally in Sacramento, Calif. for the passage of AB 378 - The Building a Better Early Care and Education System Act. Photo by Robert Durell

CCPU members rally in Sacramento for the passage of AB 378 – The Building a Better Early Care and Education System Act. Photo by Robert Durell

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. (more…)

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Our Family Child Care Providers Speak Out on International Workers’ Day

SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 1, 2019 — SEIU and UDW Family Child Care Providers speak up inside and outside our state capitol building. Photo by Robert Durell

SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 1, 2019 — SEIU and UDW Family Child Care Providers speak up inside and outside our state capitol building. Photo by Robert Durell

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. (more…)

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Together We Rise Newsletter – April 2019

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Blue Ribbon Commission recommends right to collective bargaining for Family Child Care Providers

California Family Child Care Providers attend a Blue Ribbon Commission hearing on March 11 to support the recommendation of collective bargaining rights.

The fruit of more than two years of labor by Family Child Care Providers was delivered in a set of recommendations as part of a draft report by the CA Assembly Blue Ribbon Commission on Early Childhood Education.

The Blue Ribbon Commission was created in 2017 to provide more services to families and kids in need throughout the state through improvements to an underfunded and struggling early learning system. (more…)

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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. (more…)

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CalMatters: Why We Must Expand California’s Child Care System

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SEIU California Workers Applaud Budget That Aims to put California Dream in Reach for All

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2018 Year in Review

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Family Child Care Providers meet with Department of Social Services to talk issues

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On Dec. 3, Family Child Care Providers met with the California Department of Social Services in Sacramento to address issues related to licensing, mandated reporting, safety and upcoming policies.

The 20 Family Child Care Providers who attended had the opportunity to share their specific concerns, such as accommodating the special needs of children under their care. (more…)

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Together We Rise Newsletter – December 2018

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Parents sign thousands of petitions calling for Family Child Care Providers to obtain the right to collective bargaining

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Fresno Parent Sonia Nash signs our parent petition calling for Family Child Care Providers to have the right to collective bargaining.

Sonia Nash knows her child is in good hands in the daycare run by Family Child Care Provider Marcella Graves, but she worries Graves, and other providers like her, cannot enjoy the same sense of security over their own livelihoods because of California’s broken and underfunded child care system.

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Family Child Care Provider Patricia Moran hosts Walk A Day with Assemblymember Evan Low

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Circle time on Oct. 25 included a very special guest in Patricia Moran’s daycare center as the longtime Family Child Care Provider introduced Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley) to the children in her care. The representative for California’s 28th Assembly District saw firsthand what the work of Family Child Care Providers entails, resulting in his support for #ChildCareForAll

“It was a great teaching opportunity,” Patricia said about the Walk A Day visit she hosted in her home. “He told me he reads the bills put before him, but he doesn’t always realize what really goes on. During this visit to my daycare, he was able to put real faces alongside the text and see the clear benefit that early care and education has on the lives of our children and families.”

Proveedora de Cuidado Infantil en Familia Patricia Moran recibe al Asambleísta Evan Low en su centro

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Un invitado especial participó durante la hora de cuento en el centro de la Proveedora de Cuidado Infantil Patricia Moran el 25 de octubre cuando ella presentó el Asambleísta Evan Low a los niños que cuida. El representante del Distrito 28 de la Asamblea de California presenció el trabajo que desempeñan las Proveedoras de Cuidado Infantil, lo cual resultó en su apoyo por #CuidadoInfantilParaTodos

“Fue una gran oportunidad de aprendizaje,” Patricia dijo sobre la visita Walk A Day o “Camina Un Día” que ella llevó a cabo en su hogar. “Él me dijo que lee los proyectos de ley que le ponen en frente, pero no todo tiempo tiene la oportunidad de saber que es lo que en realidad sucede. Durante su visita a mi centro, pudo poner rostros verdaderos al lado del texto y ver claramente el beneficio que tiene el cuidado infantil y la educación en las vidas de nuestros niños y nuestras familias.”

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Family Child Care Providers Volunteer To Get Out The Vote, Because When We Vote, WE WIN!

Gavin Newsom with SEIU Local 521 Family Child Care Providers in the Central Valley.

Gavin Newsom with SEIU Local 521 Family Child Care Providers in the Central Valley.

SEIU Local 521 Family Child Care Providers volunteered hundreds of hours to encourage voter turnout during the November midterm election. Our hard work —which included texting, canvassing and phonebanking— helped elect Gavin Newsom for governor, which sets the stage for our bill to win collective bargaining rights for Family Child Care Providers in 2019.

Newsom met with Family Child Care Providers Local-wide during the course of their GOTV efforts leading up to Nov. 6. He showed support for #ChildCareForAll and #UnionsForAll as he promised to support Family Child Care Providers, parents and children to help fix our broken, underfunded and inaccessible child care system.

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Family Child Care Provider Maricela Cortez, right, phone banks alongside her family and fellow providers in Fresno.

On many evenings, after handing over the last child in her care to their parents, Maricela Cortez, a Family Child Care Provider in Parlier for 15 years, rounded up her own family and drove 20 miles northbound to help turn out the vote. She is hopeful their efforts will pay off and the new governor will deliver.

“Gavin Newsom showed us he cared very much about our fight for quality early child care and education, so we are hoping that 2019 will finally be the year in which our new state governor fulfills his promise to help us win a seat at the table and affordable child care for all,” Maricela said.

Proveedoras se unen como voluntarias para promover el voto, porque ¡cuando votamos, ganamos!

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Las Proveedoras dedicaron centenares de horas promoviendo el sufragio durante las elecciones. Nuestro arduo trabajo —que incluyó mandar mensajes de texto, tocar puertas y muchas llamadas telefónicas— ayudó a que se eligiera como gobernador a Gavin Newsom y a Tony Thurmond como superintendente escolar de California. Esto ayuda a impulsar nuestro proyecto de ley para que las Proveedoras ganen el derecho de negociar colectivamente en el 2019.

Newsom se reunió con las proveedoras de cuidado infantil familiar a través del Sindicato Local durante el curso de los esfuerzos por promover el sufragio hasta el 6 de noviembre. Mostró su apoyo por el #CuidadoInfantilParaTodos y #SindicatosParaTodos al prometer su apoyo a las Proveedoras de Cuidado Infantil Familiar, padres y niños para ayudar a reparar nuestro fracturado sistema de cuidado infantil, que no cuenta con suficientes fondos y es inasequible.

Durante muchas tardes, después de entregar el último niño bajo su cuidado a sus padres, Maricela Cortez, una Proveedora de Cuidado Infantil Familiar en Parlier durante 15 años, reunió a su propia familia y se trasladó 20 millas hacia el norte para ayudar a promover el voto. Ella espera que sus esfuerzos tengan recompensa y que el nuevo gobernador cumpla.

“Gavin Newsom nos mostró que le importa mucho nuestra lucha por el cuidado infantil y la educación temprana, así que esperamos que el 2019 por fin sea el año en el cual nuestro nuevo gobernador estatal cumpla su promesa de ayudarnos a ganar una silla en la mesa y lograr el cuidado infantil asequible para todos,” Maricela dijo.

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