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Sylvia Carrasco: “Together, we are one voice”

Sylvia Carrasco: “Together, we are one voice”

Sylvia Carrasco, who grew up on the Central Coast and now lives in Los Banos, comes from a family that is steeped in Early Childhood Education. Her mother and her sisters are all child care providers. And Sylvia’s mother, like Sylvia herself, started out as a preschool teacher before moving to home-based care. For Sylvia, being a family child care provider is all about making a difference in her community. “I always knew I wanted to work with women and children,” Sylvia says. “It’s a very rewarding job.” Now Sylvia runs a 24-hour child care with nine total children in […]

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They May Be in Demand, But Child Care Workers Still Struggle to Make Ends Meet

They May Be in Demand, But Child Care Workers Still Struggle to Make Ends Meet

There’s an overwhelming demand for child care in California but not enough people who provide it. The industry is notorious for offering low pay and long hours. Several bills pending in the Legislature seek to address these problems, including one that would let in-home providers unionize. It’s a measure that longtime in-home provider Pat Alexander is passionate about. Alexander runs Alexander Preschool and Child Care out of her home in Elk Grove (Sacramento County). On a recent morning, a group of 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds work on getting their wiggles out before breakfast. The kids alternate between dancing around and falling to […]

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CCPU child care provider wins over $8,000 in back pay with the help of her union!

CCPU child care provider wins over $8,000 in back pay with the help of her union!

Being a family child care provider means running a small business. Sometimes we are so busy looking after the children in our care that there just isn’t enough time to chase down paperwork or to deal with billing problems. But when you are a member of our union, CCPU/UDW, you have the resources and experiences of other members and union staff to help you when you need it. That’s what Linda Moore, a child care provider in Contra Costa County, found out. Earlier this year, one of the families she provides care for fell behind in their own paperwork, neglecting […]

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CCPU member hosts state official to show day-to-day work of child care

Family child care providers help California’s working families get through their days, honor their commitments, and realize their goals. But, even though they perform an essential service, family child care workers struggle to meet their own needs because of low pay, unpredictable payment schedules, and an unnecessarily complicated licensing process. “We are an important part of our communities.” Pat Alexander, Elk Grove. That’s what California Childcare Providers United (CCPU-UDW) member Pat Alexander explained to Jason Sisney, Speaker of the Assembly’s chief budget consultant, when he visited her family child care on November 26. As the ten children in her care […]

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From one family child care provider to another

From one family child care provider to another

My name is Ana Fierro, and I’m a family child care provider in Modesto. My mother-in-law’s influence iswhat convinced me to open my own daycare, and 12 years later I’m still going strong. I love caring for children, and I love my work. Unfortunately, as most of you can attest, being a family child care provider is not without its problems. For me personally, one the biggest issues I face is late payments. It’s frustrating not knowing when I will be paid, and has all too often made it tough for me to stay on top of my own household […]

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