After months of negotiations, Child Care Providers United (CCPU) has finally reached a HISTORIC Tentative Agreement with the State of California! This agreement aims to increase providers’ rates by at least 15%, establish a more formal problem-solving process, give providers better access to the professional development training they need and expand access to quality care for working families.
But for their first union contract to take effect starting in 2022, CCPU members need to ratify the tentative agreement.
Only members of CCPU can vote to ratify the tentative agreement with the state. If you are a family child care provider and are not currently a member or unsure of your status, click here to find your local union. To receive a ballot, you must sign up to become a member by Thursday, July 22 at 3:00 p.m.
Why is this ratification vote so important?
For nearly 20 years, family child care providers in California have organized and fought for representation and their right to bargain collectively, all to get to this point—ratifying their first union contract.
Over the last year, CCPU members and supporters made thousands of phone calls to the governor, joined dozens of caravans and press conferences, visited with state legislators, and demanded that family child care providers deserve a contract worthy of their essential worker status.
Highlights from the Tentative Agreement
- The first increase in pay providers have seen in five years that will amount to a fair rate increase for all providers. Improved pay will stabilize available child care and expand options for working parents.
- New funding for additional provider training and education to ensure quality care.
- New funding to allow more providers to become licensed to expand available care, especially in child care deserts where providers are scarce.
- Many other long-awaited supports for providers throughout the state that will ensure standards of care and recognize the contributions of child care providers to early learning.
This agreement brings family child care providers one step closer to their goal: Building a high-quality, affordable child care system that is available to all families.