SACRAMENTO, Calif., February 18, 2015

Raising California event at the state Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., February 18, 2015.

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On Child Care Provider Appreciation Day, Honoring the Women Who Work to Lift Families Out of Poverty

On Child Care Provider Appreciation Day, we honor the women who educate our next generation of leaders, advocates and change makers.

They are re-writing the rules of success for mothers in this country, rising in the wee hours of the morning to help moms get to the early shift. They’re staying late while moms work the extra hours they need to pay the rent. They are opening our children’s eyes to the potential of learning, breaking the ties of poverty for the next generation.

Now we must stand with these hard-working providers and re-write the rules that have kept them from accessing their own ladders out of poverty.

On this Friday before Mother’s Day, we are renewing our call for wages of at least $15 per hour for all early educators, training opportunities that enable them to stay healthy on the job, and access to a union that will enable them to build a stronger child care system for our children and the working mothers who love them.

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