OAKLAND, Calif. March 21, 2014.

California Governor Jerry Brown visits  two SEIU members in Oakland, Calif., March 21,  2014.

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Child Care Workers to Pack Capitol Tuesday, Call for Protecting Early Education Commitments, Expanding Learning Opportunity

On Tuesday, California child care workers will come from across California to the State Capitol to advocate for children’s learning opportunities and women’s economic empowerment.

Caregiving has been called ‘The Work that Makes Work Possible’ and child care workers are proud that of the crucial role we play in California’s economy. Not only do we prepare little learners for a lifetime of education and earning, we fight poverty by supporting working parents in achieving employment and succeeding on the job.

Tomorrow, we’re taking the strength of our numbers and our voices to the State Capitol to advocate for improvements to the child care system that help us do our jobs better, support working families, and lift our own families out of poverty.

  • Caregivers are living paycheck to paycheck. We finally achieved the promise of a pathway out of poverty in 2016, but now these gains are threatened in the latest budget proposal. We are here to send a message that keeping childcare providers working keeps California’s economy working.
  • Childcare workers face high risks of on-the-job injury, especially troubling considering our jobs don’t come with health care benefits or workers’ compensation. That’s why we are pushing for AB 676 (Limón) to prevent workplace injuries for early educators through workplace safety training.
  • The parents we serve are just above the poverty line. But instead of supporting these predominately working women in finding stable jobs and climbing the ladder of success, parents worry taking an extra shift means losing access to child care. That’s why we are advocating for AB 60 (Santiago, Gonzalez-Fletcher) to stabilize a family’s child care subsidies for 12 months so parents aren’t caught in a childcare catch 22.

You don’t have to be in Sacramento to show you support a child care system that truly serves California’s children, working parents and child care workers. Show your support by emailing our leaders in Sacramento and ask them to support the transformation of our early care and education.

As a workforce overwhelmingly comprised of women and people of color, Legislators need to hear directly from childcare providers about the challenges facing the families and children we care for. We are proud to represent the strength of California and to fight for the essential California value of opportunity for all.

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