Child Care News & Legislative Updates

 


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California Child Care Workers Will Hold The Biggest Union Election In Years

California Child Care Workers Will Hold The Biggest Union Election In Years

Supporters hope a successful campaign to represent tens of thousands of workers will improve the system for everyone involved. Child care workers in California plan to file for a massive union election Wednesday that will cover an estimated 40,000 people, potentially reshaping jobs within the state’s government-funded child care system for low-income families. The election marks the culmination of a grueling 16-year campaign by unions to organize family child care providers who are reimbursed by the state. Although such workers are not government employees, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed a law in September granting them the right to bargain with […]

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2019 YEAR IN REVIEW: 365 days of caregivers making a difference

2019 YEAR IN REVIEW: 365 days of caregivers making a difference

As we look ahead to 2020 and beyond, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the events and accomplishments of the past year: JANUARY Victory on cuts to IHSS hours Governor Gavin Newson showed his support for caregiving by eliminating the 7 percent cut to IHSS hours in his first budget proposal. Legislative Scorecard released We released our annual report card that details which lawmakers supported caregivers…and which did not. Sixty-four California State legislators had perfect 100 percent ratings in support for caregivers! FEBRUARY Victory for IHSS Providers in Mono County In the first of many contract […]

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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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