Child Care News & Legislative Updates


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Stay updated on the latest news and legislative updates below.

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What Our Next Governor Has In Mind For California’s Youngest Residents

Priska Neely, LAist, December 6, 2018 Heads up, California babies. The governor-elect, Gavin Newsom, is looking to make your life better. Newsom — the father of four kids under the age of 9 — has called himself a fanatic about early childhood issues, and has said improving care and education for infants, toddlers and preschoolers is a top priority. Newsom’s education plan starts with a focus on the first three years of life, and calls eliminating child poverty the “north star” of his administration. “No one should be surprised,” he told KPCC/LAist. “When I get in there, that first budget will reflect […]

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

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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CCPU-UDW providers have been hard at work to improve California’s Child Care System

CCPU-UDW providers have been hard at work to improve California’s Child Care System

California’s family child care system needs a lot of improvement—any provider can tell you that. Rates are too low to cover expenses, Alternative Payment (AP) programs sometimes pay late and have confusing eligibility rules, and the state keeps changing the rules for how we keep our licenses. That’s why California Childcare Providers United (CCPU-UDW) came together: to push for changes to make California’s childcare system work better for providers and the children and families they serve. In just a couple of years, we’ve been able to make a real difference for family child care providers in the 39 counties we […]

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TAKE ACTION: Sign Petition & Stand with Family Child Care Providers

TAKE ACTION: Sign Petition & Stand with Family Child Care Providers

Family child care providers make working outside the home possible for millions of families in our state, and as early childhood educators we play a critical role in the development and education of children across California. Please take a moment to sign our petition to stand with California’s family child care providers, and share it with your friends and family on Facebook and Twitter.

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Low pay for child care workers puts more than half at poverty level, study finds

EdSource | July 5, 2018 | by Ashley Hopkinson A majority of child care workers in California are paid so little they qualify for public assistance programs, according to a new reporton the early education workforce. Fifty-eight percent of child care workers in California are on one or more public assistance programs, such as the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, a federally funded program that helps pay for food, housing and other expenses, the report by UC Berkeley’s Center for the Study of Child Care Employment found. This is according to the most recent data by the American Community Survey and Current Population […]

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