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Obama Administration Echoes Raising California Together Call to Bolster Early Education Wages and Eliminate Child Care Hurdles for Families

Last year hundreds of child care workers, parents, and friends attended CCDBG hearings around the country to call for higher wages. We hoped they had listened to us, and guess what? They did!

The Raising California Together coalition praises the release of new rules for the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG), a major source of funding for early education. The new rules aim to strengthen early education, reinforcing the central role quality, accessible child care plays in empowering working parents. They also call for higher wages for child care workers as well as an opportunity for workers to make their voices heard in support of a stronger system that benefits parents, themselves and children in their care.

Raising California Together Co-Chair Tonia McMillian, a family child care provider from Bellflower stated:

“Child care workers showed up in full force across California to make our voices heard in the CCDBG process. We are thrilled to see the Obama Administration recognizes that making sure child care workers are paid enough to support their own families is the way to build a stronger future. This new plan sets the standard for early education nationwide, and its call for states to show their plans for wage improvements bolsters our child care Fight for $15 in California. We look forward to collaborating with the state, experts in the field and child care workers to ensure that we get a real shot at securing the wages we need to keep serving children, invest in training and quality that helps our littlest learners thrive.”

Raising California Together Co-Chair Clarissa Doutherd, ‎Executive Director at Parent Voices Oakland, stressed how the new CCDBG plan means more working parents will have access to the care that helps them get to work and provide for their families:

“With new data just this week showing child care costs have eclipsed the cost of college in most parts of the country, it’s clear working parents need more support to get our children off to a strong start. The new plan from the Obama Administration clears away big hurdles that have compromised our ability to stay in the workforce. The new rules eliminate disruptions in care that can cost a parent their job and cost a family their home. Parents can be proud that by standing together with child care workers, we’ve made a significant investment in the future of our kids.”

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