The time is NOW to persuade Governor Newsom that child care providers need a rate increase. Although the Governor proposes to waive family fees and increase child care slots in his budget, more is needed to stabilize the child care system as a whole. Your input DOES make a difference! With the budget deadline so close, your voice is needed.
Below you can read more about engaging in the fight for child care through direct outreach to the Governor's Office, support on social media and also a quick testimonial submission.
ECE applauds the numerous business leaders that have raised their voice in support of child care in California. Check out their letters calling for the California Administration to support child care.
OUTREACH TO NEWSOM ADMINISTRATION
The time is NOW to persuade Governor Newsom that child care providers need a rate increase. Although the Governor proposes to waive family fees and increase child care slots in his budget, more is needed to stabilize the child care system as a whole. Your calls DO make a difference! With the budget deadline so close, your voice is needed.
Please call the Governor's office at 844-300-3801 between 9AM and 5PM.
You can say:
"I stand in support with the Child Care Providers Union and ECE advocates everywhere. Please support better payment rates for child care providers. If child care providers are not provided a living wage, the entire child care system is vulnerable to collapse and parents will not be able to go back to work.
In addition to rate reform for child care providers, I urge Governor Newsom to prioritize increasing child care spaces and waiving family fees.
In California, 33% of licensed child care centers and 14% of licensed family child care homes have shut down since the pandemic began. With the economy opening back up, many parents will find their child care center has closed. Investing in child care spaces will ensure access to child care so parents can go back to work.
And lastly, I urge the Governor to waive family fees through 2024. In California, the average family spends ⅓ of their income on child care for two children. Subsidized child care can still cost families far more than their budget allows, especially families living paycheck to paycheck.
Now is the time to rebuild and restructure California’s fragmented child care system.”
SUPPORT CHILD CARE ON TWITTER
The ECE Coalition has been active on twitter sharing resources, advocating for child care, and also spreading awareness of the challenges faced by families and providers throughout the pandemic. We encourage you to get active with us on twitter by writing to @CAGovernor about why California needs to #RaisetheRates. Use this hashtag and #Childcare4CA to share why you believe providers need reimbursement rate increases now.
We're also encouraging providers to share your challenges keeping doors open on twitter. Use the hashtag #VoicesofChildcare and #Childcare4CA as you tweet at Governor Newsom. This is your chance to share your story!
SHARE YOUR STORY
No Twitter account? We have you covered! Use the testimonial form below and we will share your story on ECE's twitter page @ECECoalitionCA. (Please keep paragraph responses within 3-5 sentences.) All responses will be shared using #VoicesofChildcare and #Childcare4CA.