Child Care For All2024-06-14T11:12:23-07:00

Fair Pay for Quality Child Care!

California child care providers allow working parents to do their jobs every day, knowing their children are in a safe and caring learning environment.

Child care providers are critical to the state and nation’s economic infrastructure, ensuring that children have a safe space to learn and grow while parents work. 

Despite their dedication to providing nurturing places for active learning, structured play, nutritious meals, and support services to parents and guardians, providers have been caring for our state’s most vulnerable children and families at a loss. 

California has failed to ensure that subsidy rates for low-income families align with the true cost of providing child care, paying providers only about 30% of their costs. Providers earn an average wage of just $7-10/hour.

As a result, California is in a child care crisis. Thousands of providers have been forced to close their doors, fewer early educators enter the profession, and working parents struggle to find and afford quality care for their children, impacting their ability to work and earn.

Take Action!

Send an urgent message to Gov. Newsom and state legislators: Pass a budget that secures progress toward fair pay for quality child care!

Governor Newsom and providers agreed that California must do better, and last year the Governor and Legislators committed to transitioning to pay providers according to the true cost of care. Family child care providers are demanding Governor Newsom and legislators keep their promise to California’s working families and child care providers by:

  • Ensuring that provider pay keeps current with rising inflation and
  • Immediately transition to and fund the cost of care payment system that the state has committed to in Child Care Providers United (CCPU) two contracts.

The True Cost of Care

Family Child Care Providers are fighting to earn the true cost of care & expand child care options for working families

The current child care payment system for family child care providers is outdated and fails to meet the needs of providers across the state. This system is rooted in historical racism and sexism which devalues the work of women and people of color. We’re fighting to change that.


California’s Current Child Care System

the average hourly wage earned by most family child care providers
the amount the state of CA reimburses providers for their costs of providing care
The number of licensed child care slots lost in CA between 2019-2021

Child Care Can’t Wait

The state must take urgent action to reform the current child care payment system. Paying providers fair pay for quality child care means compensating them for all the work, time, and costs necessary to provide quality care.

This single change will have a significant impact on our state. It will expand child care options for working families so that all of California’s children will have access to quality early learning and care. It will allow working parents to maintain their jobs, generating economic growth for California.

The Current Payment System

  • Keeps most providers in poverty

  • Neglects financial investments providers make

  • Contributes to most providers earning no salary

  • Impacts providers’ ability to stay open

CCPU’s Rate Reform Vision

  • Compensates providers and lifts us out of poverty

  • Keeps our educational family child care homes open

  • Elevates our industry to attract more providers

  • Expands child care for families

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California child care providers allow working parents to do their jobs every day, knowing their children are in a safe and caring learning environment.

Together in their union, Child Care Providers United, providers are fighting to win respect for their profession and improve child care options for working parents. In their current contract negotiations with the State of California, providers are fighting for:

Fair Pay that is based on the true cost of running a child care business

Currently, the state of California uses an outdated payment system that does not cover the true cost of care and severely undervalues the experience and commitment of family child care providers. As a result, this women-of-color led workforce has long struggled to survive on rates that meet just 25-30% of their current costs to provide quality child care.

Stability in the child care industry

We’re fighting for all providers to have retirement benefits, health care, and paid time off. Respecting the profession by offering providers the same benefits as other educators will ensure family child care providers can continue to do the work they love and more providers will enter the profession.

Increased Access to Quality, Affordable Child Care for Working Families

Providers are demanding increased funding for more child care vouchers for families and a permanent end to family fees. Additionally, an expansion of hard-to-find child care for families needing help on weekends and evenings or for children who have special needs, by increasing pay for providers offering these services.

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