The Raising California Together coalition today released the following statement from Raising California Together Co-Chair and family child care provider Tonia McMillian in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s Fiscal Year 2018-19 budget proposal:
“Women are strengthening our state and nation by using our voices together to demand respect at work, better representation in government, and a better future for ourselves and our children. Yet we have a state budget that does not recognize the investment needed to achieve a quality, equitable early child care system for all, including the right to collective bargaining and the right to form a strong union that would help educators achieve better support for all children and families.
“By failing to invest in the early childhood education and its workforce made up primarily of women, Gov. Brown’s budget proposal lets down all who depend on quality child care and early education – from our littlest learners to their parents and the entire economy, which depends on these hard-working parents – not to mention the child care workers, who continue to struggle in poverty even as they support families who are seeking to climb out of it.
“More than 1.3 million of California’s working women and men and live in poverty, and many of us among the state’s 60,000 family child care provider community count ourselves among the working poor.
“Child care providers must have access to a union to build up our profession as we shape the educational foundation of our children and try to break the cycle of poverty for all families in California.”