Child care and early education are critical pieces of our human infrastructure, and we need to act like it.
Child care is the only way many working parents can balance career success with family responsibilities. It’s especially crucial to bringing women back into the workforce and for California’s economy to fully recover from this pandemic. In our first contract with the state, we began the process of stabilizing the child care industry by securing the first significant pay increases for providers in years. But improving pay is just one way we are working to retain and recruit new providers.
Our contract also set-up Joint Labor Management Committees. They offer a pathway to continue to address health care, retirement, paid-time-off and other issues impacting our livelihoods and parents’ access to quality care. By ensuring that dedicated providers have the same basic benefits and protections as other essential workers, current providers will be able to keep their doors open, more providers will be attracted to the profession and working parents will have more options for quality, affordable care.