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From IHSS provider to child care provider, Terry Walker-Dampier says “it’s about respect”

Ms. Terry Walker-Dampier lives her life based on a simple mantra passed down to her from her mother: “You are not responsible for how people treat you; you are responsible for how you treat other people.” Terry’s decades as a caregiver and strong champion of our union are a testament to how seriously she takes that responsibility. Currently, Terry acts as UDW’s District 4 (Stanislaus County) representative, advocating for both IHSS workers and child care providers. She cares for five children in her family child care, having worked with children for over 15 years. But before Terry was a child […]

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UDW member’s son receives JOHNS scholarship

UDW member’s son receives JOHNS scholarship

Our union was there for IHSS provider and UDW member Traci Getsinger-Elam of Oceanside when she needed more IHSS hours for her son, Jared. So when her oldest son Jeremiah got accepted at UC San Diego, she reached out for help again—and UDW connected her to the organizations in her area offering scholarships for students from working families like ours. Now, we are pleased to announce that Jeremiah Getsinger is the recipient of a $2,500 scholarship from the John S. Lyons Foundation! Jeremiah is majoring in Electrical Engineering at UCSD and the scholarship is a much-needed—and much deserved—helping hand for […]

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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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