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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.

From LA to the Bay, child care providers have a plan to win (Desde Los Angeles hasta el area de la bahía, proveedoras de cuidado infantil tienen un plan para ganar)

 

NPAEkOn Saturday, September 8, over 50 Family Child Care Providers from all over California came together for our monthly Statewide Action Committee meeting. This month, the meeting was held in San Jose.

From LA to the Bay Area and everywhere in between, providers came together to discuss our plan for winning the right to bargain a union contract and quality family child care for all California families.

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Family Child Care Providers Rise Up & Demand Better on Labor Day (Proveedores de Cuidado Infantil se levantan y exigen algo mejor en el Día del Trabajo)

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This Labor Day, tens of thousands of union members rose up and celebrated the vital contributions we make to life in our communities at dozens of events all across California. SEIU 521 Family Child Care Providers were front and center at events up and down the state.

But these rallies were about more than just celebrating the past victories of the labor movement. From Bakersfield to Oakland, SEIU 521 Family Child Care Providers proclaimed loud and proud that we won’t stop until we win a union contract of our own and a fully-funded system that provides quality, accessible, and affordable child care to all.

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We’re educating lawmakers through in-district meetings (las Proveedoras de Cuidado Infantil Familiar se reunieron con muchos de nuestros funcionarios electos)

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Politics affect many aspects of Family Child Care Providers’ lives, including the reimbursement rates that determine our income, the decisions about how the child care program is run, and the rules and regulations that affect our daycares and working lives. Without a voice in these decisions, we are powerless to shape our profession. (more…)

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Providers meet with Califorinia Department of Education (Junta con el Departamento de Educacion)

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On August 2, Family Child Care Providers from SEIU 521, SEIU 99, and AFSCME UDW-Child Care Providers United met with officials from the California Department of Education (CDE). It is important for us as Family Child Care Providers to have a working relationship with CDE, so that we can have a voice in decisions that impact us and the children we care for. At this meeting, we discussed:

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America Needs Unions (América Necesita Uniones)

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On July 21, over 300 working people, including dozens of Family Child Care Providers, attended the America Needs Unions Town Hall at SEIU 521’s San Jose office with US Representatives Zoe Lofgren and Ro Khanna, California Assemblymember Ash Kalra, and local elected officials and candidates.

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Blue Ribbon Commission Hearing in Fresno (Audiencia de la Comisión Blue Ribbon en Fresno)

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On July 11, SEIU 521 Family Child Care Providers in the Central Valley attended a hearing of the California Assembly Blue Ribbon Commission on Early Education. The Blue Ribbon Commission was established to find ways to provide more services to working families and children in California who desperately need access to quality, affordable child care.

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Child care providers attend Grassroots Assembly in D.C., speak out against detentions at the border

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(L-R) Early childhood educator Morgan Pringle, US Representative Maxine Waters, and SEIU 521 Member and Family Child Care Provider Nancy Harvey

Our elected leaders need to make child care and early education a national priority.

Hundreds of child care providers and activists from around the county came to Washington, D.C. on June 19 and 20 to share their stories and advocate for elected leaders to make child care and early education a national priority. This event was the latest step in a campaign to win greater public investment to solve the child care crisis in our country. (more…)

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Child Care convention in Chicago brings providers together from across the country

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On June 15 and 16, dozens of family child care providers, child care center directors, teachers, and early childhood educators gathered in Chicago to discuss the future of our profession.

Over the course of two days, people discussed a range of topics from how to be better leaders, how to move the child care profession forward, how to collaborate on our common goals, and how to best address the challenges we all face. (more…)

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SEIU 521 Family Child Care Providers fight for Measure A in Alameda County

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SEIU 521 Family Child Care Providers and members, along with community allies, with US Representative Barbara Lee and Alameda County District 3 Supervisor Wilma Chan

Despite a tremendous amount of hard work and dedication from early childhood educators, family child care providers and SEIU 521 members and an outpouring of support from voters, the final results show that Measure A fell just short of the two-thirds vote needed to pass.

Measure A was supported by a broad coalition of parents, early child care and K-12 educators, elected leaders, medical professionals, and many more. This effort was a tremendous first step in drawing attention to the growing child care crisis in California and educating lawmakers and our communities.

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By meeting with Department of Social Services, Family Child Care Providers have a seat at the table

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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…

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