Yesterday, the Raising California Together Coalition brought Child Care to the Capitol!
Our makeshift child care was staffed by family child care providers who were joined by the children they care for. The goal of the child care was to demonstrate the early learning and care that takes place in their homes every day.
Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León joined us in our makeshift child care center to declare #SB548 a legislative priority for the remainder of the legislative session and call for Governor Brown’s signature on the bill that they say represents much needed opportunities for hard-working women.
Family child care providers and parents made a series of lobby day visits as well to discuss the importance of #SB548.
The Raising Child Care Quality and Accessibility Act would give child care providers a voice in strengthening the child care system California needs to fight poverty. The bill would:
• Extend collective bargaining rights to family child care providers to advocate for improvements to child care quality and access.
• Establish a training partnership program between the State and provider organization that would identify gaps in training and education and recommend collaborations and strategies to improve quality. The partnership would prioritize opportunities to combine federal and private funding to add capacity to existing state training resources.
• Authorize a study of best practices for parent engagement to best understand how to support parents.