California Women, Families Need Comprehensive Child Care Solution to Fight Poverty

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JUNE 16, 2015

California Women, Families Need Comprehensive Child Care Solution to Fight Poverty

Budget Deal Adds Child Care Slots, Rates; SB 548 Reforms Still Needed to Fix Broken System Through Collective Bargaining for Child Care Providers 

Sacramento, CA – The Raising California Together Coalition called today’s budget agreement between Governor Brown and legislative leaders a first step toward the comprehensive child care solution California needs to support working women in moving their families out of poverty. Coalition leaders cautioned that legislators must pass and the Governor must sign SB 548 (De León) to address the crisis in our child care system through training and collective bargaining for child care workers.

“With today’s budget agreement California will begin to chip away at the massive deficit of opportunity for working mothers and their children, but this budget falls short of addressing the systemic crisis in our child care system,” said Tonia McMillian, a family child care provider and Raising California Together Coalition co-chair.   “If women in low-wage jobs and their children are to be a strong part of California’s future, we can’t miss the opportunity this year to transform the broken child care system through collective bargaining.  California’s child care providers work around the clock to be poverty fighters and we need the same commitment of our Governor and legislators. Pass and sign SB 548 NOW; working mothers, families and children are counting on you.”

The budget agreement added an increase in rates and child care slots for 6,800 poor children, but does not include language passed by the legislature to authorize collective bargaining for child care providers that is essential to strengthening a broken system. Still, support for significant investment in child care access and collective bargaining for child care providers is strong and growing, with the Senate and Assembly leaders and the Women’s Legislative Caucus behind the effort.  Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has made child care system improvements and support for child care providers’ collective bargaining an early theme in her campaign.

On Wednesday, June 3rd, 14 women were arrested after participating in non-violent civil disobedience to draw attention to the crisis in California’s child care system, and a print and online ad campaign launched last week calls on Governor Brown to act boldly to help solve the child care crisis.

“In an economy that relies on around-the-clock, unpredictable shifts and low pay, a strong child care system is more important than ever,” said McMillian. “SB 548 will give child care providers a voice so we can move ourselves out of poverty, support working moms, and improve our training to support the brain development of at-risk children.”

Raising California Together is a broad coalition of child care providers, agencies, parents, educators, clergy and interfaith networks, unions, small businesses, women’s and children’s advocates, community groups, and public health organizations united to press for local, state, and national policy solutions to increase access to quality child care and early learning choices. 

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Raising California Together Coalition Partners Include:

AFSCME • Alliance for a Better Community • Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) • Dion Aroner, former CA Assemblywoman & Founder, AJE Partners • Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO (APALA) • Association of Black Social Workers, Los Angeles • BANANAS • Black Women for Wellness • Dr. Barbara Bowman, Oakland Pre K-6 Principal & School Administrator • Brotherhood Crusade • California College Democrats • California Fair Share • California Food Policy Advocates • California Immigrant Policy Center • California Labor Federation • California School Employees Association • California State Conference of the NAACP • California Work and Family Coalition • Central California Latina Network (CCLN) • Child Care Law Center • Child Care Providers United • Children Now • Children’s Defense Fund, California • Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE-LA) • Community Coalition of South LA • Contra Costa Child Care Council • Courage Campaign  • C.S.U Graduate Assistants, UAW 4123 • Oscar de la Torre, School Board Member Santa Monica/Malibu School District • DREAM Team Los Angeles • Early Edge California • First 5 Alameda County • First 5 Fresno County • First 5 Marin County • Sandra Fluke, Attorney and Social Justice Advocate • Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights (ICIR-CLUE-CA) • Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance • LAANE • Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church, Oakland • Martin Luther King Coalition • Mi Familia Vota • Mujeres Unidas y Activas • National Action Network, Los Angeles • NAACP, Los Angeles • National Council of Jewish Women,  CA (NCJW-CA) • National Council of La Raza • National Domestic Workers Alliance • National Organization for Women (CA-NOW) • Orange County NOW • Our Family Coalition • Our Walmart • Parent Institute for Quality Education • Parent Voices Oakland • Pico Youth and Family Center  • Planned Parenthood of California • Restaurant Opportunities Centers United – CA • Ruach Christian Community Fellowship • Safe Passages • Service Employees International Union (SEIU) • SEIU California Head Start Council •SEIU Locals 99 & 521 • Special Needs Network, Inc. • St. John’s Well Child & Family Center • South of Market Child Care, Inc. • Through the Looking Glass • U.C. Postdoctoral Scholars, UAW 5810 • United Way of Greater Los Angeles • Western Center on Law & Poverty • Young Invincibles • ZERO TO THREE Western Office

www.RaisingCaliforniaTogether.org

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