Child Care News & Legislative Updates

 


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VICTORY! CCPU-UDW scores our biggest win and the whole country takes notice

VICTORY! CCPU-UDW scores our biggest win and the whole country takes notice

On September 30, Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 378, our bill to fix California’s broken child care system. With that stroke of the pen, family child care providers got our collective bargaining rights and the tools we need to make positive changes for ourselves, our families and the children we care for.  Also known as the Building a Better Early Care and Education System Act, AB 378 will finally put decision-making power into the hands of those who know child care best: family child care providers. This landmark legislation grants family child care providers collective bargaining rights, which means that, […]

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Opinion: California’s Marginalized Child Care Workers Finally Get a Seat at the Table

No one would think of running a NASA space launch without listening to the astronauts and technicians who know how to make a flight plan. But when it comes to the child care system that literally shapes the future for the next generation, California has spent decades shutting out the voices of child care providers. That is finally about to change after 16 years of organizing by dedicated child care providers like my mom, and now me. We’ve created our union, met with elected officials, and have earned our seat at the table with the State of California thanks to […]

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Pat Alexander: We’ve been fighting for this for 15 years and we can’t wait any longer

Pat Alexander: We’ve been fighting for this for 15 years and we can’t wait any longer

If anyone can call themselves an expert in Early Childhood Education, it’s CCPU-UDW member Pat Alexander. She’s been a childcare provider for 49 years, has multiple accreditations and has served on many child care boards. She’s also been active since 2002 organizing and advocating for her union of family child care providers. Pat’s expertise has shown her that their years spent in childcare will affect kids in profound ways. “Children’s brains are developing at an amazing rate during the first five years of their lives,” Pat says. “The experiences they have during those crucial years will shape their lives and […]

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Charlotte Neal: “I come up short every single month”

Charlotte Neal: “I come up short every single month”

Charlotte Neal runs a near 24-hour child care in Sacramento. She has kids being dropped off and picked up in the wee hours of the morning. In an economy where not everyone works nine-to-five–where people work as delivery drivers, restaurant workers and nursing assistants–Charlotte provides an essential service. “They need child care just as much as people who work during the day. I am there for them,” Charlotte says of the hardworking parents who trust her with their children. But, she says, there’s more to her near-total availability than just being helpful. “Honestly, I do 24 hours just to make […]

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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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