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On a “Day without Child Care” we pledge to put the spotlight on the true cost of care and demand the funding we need for a 21st century child care system. For generations, we have been fighting for equitable access to affordable child care and better pay and working conditions for providers, but our needs are still not being met. On May 8, we are taking action!
The #WageGap contributes to the long-term economic insecurity of women & families. By earning only 84 cents for every $1 a man makes, full time, year-round working women lose up to $400k over the course of their careers. This gap is unacceptable. We need #EqualPay now! Tell Congress to support the #PaycheckFairnessAct and #EqualPay for equal work.
Last month Governor Newson released the 2023-24 Budget Proposal, kicking off the process of negotiations that will end in June with the approval of the budget final version and projecting a $22.5 billion shortfall. This year’s budget delays a planned $550 million investment in preschool, TK and full-day kindergarten facilities from 2023-24 to 2024-25.
In closing Native American Heritage Month, we uplift the Tribal Child Care Council of California (TCCAC) that builds trust and partnerships to expand the access and quality of early learning and care for native children.
Last month, the Department of Education announced major changes to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program for a limited time due to the COVID-19 national emergency. Head Start, preschool and child care programs may now be eligible for the PSLF program through October 31, 202.
September 08, 2022 marked the wage gap for how far into the year mothers must work to earn what fathers did last year alone. American mothers bring in 40 percent or more of their families’ income. This means that the wage gap impacts their entire households which rely heavily on their wages to make ends meet and build economic stability.
The month of July celebrates Disability Pride and Awareness. The Center for American Progress (CAP) reports the child care crisis disproportionately affects children with disabilities. Click here to learn more and find solutions in this month’s Local Update.
As we close Pride Month, we hope we can all create child care and early learning environments in which all children and families can thrive all year long by showing appreciation and enthusiasm for supporting LGBTQ+ families and early childhood professionals and their needs!
We join in solidarity with thousands of child care providers, parents, and families across the country in a National Day of Action: A Day Without Child Care to take action for:
1) Living wages for child care providers
2) An equitable child care system built on racial justice
3) Affordable child care for all families
Celebrating Earth Day, we need to reduce the amount of pollution produced and tackle climate change in innovative ways! In April, we are mid-way through the budget season and as a reminder, the Governor’s proposed 2022-23 State Budget does not include funding for Early Care and Education Education (ECE) facilities’ infrastructure.
Women’s History Month is celebrated every year during March to recognize the contributions and achievements women have made over the course of history. Invite your youngest learners to engage in the celebrations this month with 11 Kid-Friendly Activities and 8 Ways to Celebrate that teach and empower!
By increasing the quality of our child care facilities, we provide optimal environments for children, staff, and families — ones that foster relationships, nurture development, promote health and wellness, and facilitate learning.
The $1.75 trillion social spending package containing much of the Biden Administration’s economic agenda, also known as the Build Back Better (BBB) Act (H.R. 5376), could be voted on in the House of Representatives this week (November 15-19).
Democrats are slashing the reconciliation bill from $3.5 trillion to up to $2 trillion to reach an agreement. We are very concerned about the fate of the requested $450 Billion investment in child care, including the proposed childcare facilities investments.
Last month, California Governor Gavin Newson signed the 2021-22 state budget deal, including $250 million for the Child Care and Development Infrastructure Grant Program! A big thank you to our organizational partners who participated in the #BuildChildCare4CA campaign, especially the providers who spoke about the need for quality child care facilities at every opportunity.