California Runs On Child Care
Child care is essential to California’s economy. Without access to care parents can’t get to work. So why is Governor Gavin Newsom refusing to pay child care providers for the true cost of providing care? Why is he refusing to waive child care fees for working parents in need? Is it any wonder California has one of the highest overall unemployment rates in the country, and is the only state where child care employment lags behind pre-pandemic levels?
Despite their dedication to CA’s children, the state currently pays providers only about 30% of their child care costs. As a result, child care providers are struggling to keep their doors open and parents are struggling to find quality, affordable care in their communities.
Child care providers are working to address this child care crisis. They are currently in contract negotiations with the state of California. But the Governor is refusing to move forward on a date certain to implement long-term rate reform, immediate rate increases, and increased access to child care for working families.
It’s time for Governor Newsom to keep his word to providers. The same Governor who said, “Creating quality jobs for the child care workforce makes economic and common sense. These workers care for our kids – we need to care for them” has yet to fulfill that promise.