When Family Child Care Providers have a strong voice in our profession, everyone wins.
SEIU 521 Family Child Care Providers and allies are building a powerful movement statewide to have a voice in improving and fixing:
- A broken child care system that has led to providers going months without pay to the point of having to close their doors;
- The need for higher standards so that all children being cared for in home settings are prepared for kindergarten;
- A lack of quality training for Child Care Providers to enhance our skills;
- The problem of thousands of families on waiting lists for our services.
That’s why we are working together as a union of early educators to win collective bargaining rights and a seat at the table when decisions are made that affect families, our communties, and the early education system.
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Who We Are
Family Child Care Providers know first firsthand the importance of access to quality early childhood education and its impact on children and our communities. That’s why hundreds of early childhood educators are standing together as a union so that we can have a voice in fixing and improving our child care system.
Together, we have the power to address the issues facing our children, our communities, and our profession.
As a union, we are fighting to improve reimbursement rates and secure additional resources to better serve our children. We are building networks of early childhood educators locally in our communities to empower one another and provide the resources we need to best serve the children in our care. As a union, we are also building a movement to win the right to negotiate a union contract that raises standards and lifts up us and families we serve.
We can go farther by working together. If you’re ready to make a difference in the future of child care in California, become a member of SEIU Local 521 by clicking here.
Hear what these SEIU 521 Family Child Care Providers have to say about the power of their union:
Click here to read all of the recent updates on the work SEIU 521 Family Child Care Providers are doing.
Child care providers attend Grassroots Assembly in D.C., speak out against detentions at the border
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.
In addition to the Grassroots Assembly conference, child care workers also spoke out against the Trump administration’s family detention policy.
Our elected leaders need to make child care and early education a national priority.
Child Care convention in Chicago brings providers together from across the country
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.
In attendance were early childhood education professionals from California, Illinois, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Washington, and Connecticut.
By meeting with Department of Social Services, Family Child Care Providers have a seat at the table
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.
This meeting was a positive step forward for the work we’ve been doing to have a voice in the family child care system. Officials from the Department of Social Services complimented the work that providers in our union are doing to bring one another together and to keep each other informed.
DSS officials also recognized the value of us being united so we can keep the child care system accountable to providers and families.
SEIU 521 Family Child Care Providers Fight for Measure A in Alameda County
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.
SEIU 521 Child Care Providers are active in their local communities, meeting regularly with decision-makers in our regional child care systems, and are strong advocates for children and our profession with state lawmakers in Sacramento.
We are fighting for a union and the right to collectively bargain because we know it’s the only way to fight poverty, achieve better working conditions, and solve racial and economic injustice. You can show your support for Family Child Care Providers by signing our petition for collective bargaining rights.
We can go farther by working together. Learn how you can get involved and take action by clicking here.
Being a union member has its benefits. Join together for a stronger voice for better wages and working conditions!
- The higher our membership, the more power we have to win collective bargaining rights.Working together gives us a voice in fixing a broken child care system that has led to providers going months without pay, a lack of quality training, and thousands of families on waiting lists for our services. The power of our union is in its numbers.
- Stay up to date on important meetings and events. These include training opportunities, regional meetings and networking events with other Child Care Providers, discussions with the California Department of Social Services, and opportunities to speak with lawmakers and advocate for higher standards so that all children being cared for in home settings are prepared for kindergarten.
- As SEIU 521 members, you are eligible for many benefits. These include scholarship awards, services, discounts, and coupons. You can learn more about the benefits of being an SEIU 521 member here: SEIU Member Benefits.
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Trainings & Events
SEIU 521 Family Child Care Providers are actively working to build a better child care system in our communities, regions, and state.
Not only are we meeting with lawmakers in Sacramento, but we’re also having discussions with them in their local district offices.
In addition to educating legislators about the growing child care crisis in California and our issues as early childhood educators, we’re also routinely meeting with our regional Department of Social Services and Licensing officials to cooperatively address the challenges we face locally.
There are a number of ways you can get involved, and many different opportunities depending on your schedule. You can find information about exclusive trainings, events, and much more by becoming an SEIU 521 member.
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