Child Care For All2021-04-22T19:02:54+00:00

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CHILD CARE DESERTS IN CALIFORNIA

INEQUITIES IN CHILD CARE ACCESS WORSENED BY THE PANDEMIC

INEQUITIES IN CHILD CARE ACCESS WORSENED BY THE PANDEMIC

Thousands of families across California lack access to much-needed child care while a dwindling number of providers struggle to stay in business.

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit California, the sudden and dramatic drop in child care enrollment across the state caused thousands of providers to close their doors – many for good. The closures only worsened existing child care deserts—areas where the need for care far outpaces the supply. What’s worse, these deserts disproportionately impact low-income communities of color. Here’s what California’s child care desert looks like at a glance:

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of low-income neighborhoods in California are considered child care deserts, compared with 54% of low-income neighborhoods across the country.
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Californians lived in a child care desert pre-pandemic. The problem has gotten worse with thousands of providers closing due to the economic impact of the pandemic.
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The poverty rate of early educators—a rate substantially higher than California workers in general (8.7%) despite the dire need for more child care providers.
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of rural Californians reside in a child care desert. Latinos statewide make up the largest population without access to child care at 69%.

See an interactive map of just how bad California’s child care deserts are at childcaredeserts.org.

There is hope. The State of California has started listening to providers and will begin working with Child Care Providers United for a new COVID-19 agreement that aims to stabilize and increase investment in the industry, and even waive family fees, ensuring families are supported and providers are reimbursed in full. This agreement is only the beginning of a long road toward recovery and justice for providers and working families.

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OUR WORK

We are child care providers, industry advocates, and parents working together to build a strong, equitable child care system in California that values early educators and ensures quality child care for all.

Working families are struggling to find quality, affordable child care. At the same time, family child care providers are struggling to keep their doors open to continue to provide essential care in our communities. We’re on a mission to change that by:

Ensuring every family has access to high quality, affordable child care

We’re working to build a universal and equitable child care system that allows all families, regardless of their race, income or zip code, to access quality and affordable care in their communities.

The benefits of high-quality child care are enormous. Yet, Black and Brown children are less likely to receive the early learning they need, leading to achievement gaps in their K-12 education and beyond. Children living in poverty also lag behind in access to quality early learning and care. Indeed, more than 1.8 million children who are eligible for state-subsidized care fail to receive it and fall through the cracks.

That is why we are working to increase the number of child care openings currently available to working parents and to ensure there is increased funding to ensure all families can access quality care.

Stabilizing the child care industry in California

We’re working to increase pay, training, resources and support for family child care providers so that California can retain and attract the most talented early learning professionals and expand child care options for families.

Family child care providers teach, nurture and support our youngest learners and their families. Despite their essential role, providers experience persistent financial hardship due to low pay, lack of health care benefits, limited access to training and inconsistent payment policies. Child care was already in crisis before the pandemic, but it is now near the breaking point. Thousands of providers were forced to close in 2020 due to COVID-19. Those remaining face increased costs for frequent sanitation, additional staff, supplies for distance learning and more.

In 2020, after years of never giving up, family child care providers won the right to negotiate with the state of California over pay rates, working conditions, access to health care benefits and increasing access to quality care. They formed Child Care Providers United. By coming together with one voice to advocate for quality child care for all, they are leading the way to stabilize child care in California.

Increasing state and federal investment in our child care system

We’re working to establish dedicated state and federal funding to build an early care and education system in California that meets families’ needs and fully supports early care and education workers.

Despite the glaring need for child care in our country, the federal government provides minimal funding for child care, putting the majority of the burden to fund child care on the states. In California, arbitrary income cutoffs lead to meager financial support for child care for a portion of the working poor while providing nothing to California families who earn a few dollars more per year. The result is a precarious and disjointed “system,” one without guaranteed education and care for all children, let alone living wages for child care providers.

That’s why we’re fighting to ensure that California and the federal government invest in our child care system. By making the wealthiest corporations and individuals pay their fair share, we can build a fully-funded, high-quality, universal early care and education system that all families can access and afford and that truly values the contributions of child care providers.

Ensuring every family has access to high quality, affordable child care

We’re working to build a universal and equitable child care system that allows all families, regardless of their race, income or zip code, to access quality and affordable care in their communities.

Read more

Stabilizing the child care industry in California

We’re working to increase pay, training, resources and support for family child care providers so that California can retain and attract the most talented early learning professionals and expand child care options for families.

Read more

Increasing state and federal investment in our child care system

We’re working to establish dedicated state and federal funding to build an early care and education system in California that meets families’ needs and fully supports early care and education workers.

Read more
CHILD CARE MATTERS

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, child care providers were already essential workers.

They’ve stepped up to care for the kids of front-line workers and filled in the learning gap for school-aged children impacted by distance learning. They’re the bedrock of working families—especially among Black and Latino communities.

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WHO WE ARE

We are Child Care Providers United—

a union of over 40,000 child care providers throughout California working in partnership with parents, early childhood education advocates and our state legislators to fix the state’s child care crisis, improve our profession and the quality of care through policy advocacy, grassroots community organizing, and our collective voice. We are guided by the belief that all children and families should have access to quality early education and care.

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