As we continue to move our bill, AB 378, or the Building a Better Early Care and Education System Act, through the legislative process we are working hard to ensure our elected officials are with us every step of the way! This February three California Assemblymembers walked a day in the shoes of family child care providers to experience first hand the incredible work we do every day to raise California’s next generation.
On February 1, Assemblymember Luz Rivas (D-Arleta) visited Morena Barrea in Arleta and Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager-Dove visited Elizabeth Ocampo (D-Los Angeles) in West LA. On February 22, Assemblymember Christie Smith (D-Santa Clarita) visited Carmen Del Alamo in Granada Hills. During Assemblymember Rivas visit she read to the children and was amazed at the learning tools at Morena’s home. There was a music station for the kids and a rocky walking path made to increase stimulation, helping the children develop sensory skills.
During Assemblymember Kamlager-Dove’s visit, she was so informed about our industry she committed to supporting AB 378 and guarantee providers finally have a voice to improve California’s early care and education system. During Assemblymember Christie Smith’s visit, she read with the children in Carmen’s family child care and enjoyed educational songs used to teach the children about their different body parts. Assemblymember Smith walked away with a stronger understanding of the incredible but difficult work providers do every day to help our children prepare for kindergarten.
Through these visits we help our elected representatives develop relationships with providers and also constituents in their district. It allows them to understand, through first-hand experience, that providers are not babysitters but important early educators. This boosts our allies in the Sacramento who in turn will speak to other elected officials about our movement for quality child care and education for all of California. Working together, 2019 will be the year child care providers win collective bargaining and a union!