A Day After Mother’s Day, City Councilmember Nithya Raman Joined Child Care Providers, Working Moms, and Advocates at Rally to Mark “A Day Without Child Care”

One day after celebrating Mother’s Day, working moms and child care providers rallied to highlight what moms really want – quality, affordable child care. The rally and press conference are part of “A Day Without Child Care,” a nationwide event calling attention to the struggle many working mothers face to find quality care for their children. Working mothers, in particular, bear the burden of lack of care. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, when a family has childcare issues, mothers miss work or reduce work hours more often than fathers. Child care deserts, long waiting lists, low wages for providers, the high cost of care, and onerous rules for subsidized child care mean that for many families, every day is a day without child care. 

Childcare providers, parents, and families will be calling on Governor Gavin Newsom to:

  • Expand access to quality, affordable child care for working families. California has failed to ensure that child care subsidy rates for low income working families keep up with the actual cost of providing care. Governor Newsom’s May Revise proposal cuts access by placing a freeze on the rollout of promised slots; cutting CalWORKs services that will result in families not being able to receive needed child care subsidies; and lacking a clear plan to implement and meet the state’s promise to ensure providers are paid for the true cost of providing quality care. In Los Angeles, there are only enough licensed child care seats to serve 4% of the City’s infant and toddler population and over 60% of Angeleno families live in child care deserts, where there is three times the number of children as licensed seats.
  • Ensure that family child care providers are paid for the true cost of providing care. Many providers struggle to keep their doors open because the state’s current payment system does not compensate them for all the costs of providing care, including late-night and weekend care and special needs care. As a result, many providers have closed and it is difficult to attract more providers into the profession, further exacerbating the child care shortage for working parents. 

Family child care providers will not close on Monday, May 13 – A Day Without Childcare, as they understand how essential their care is for working parents to get to work and keep our economy operating. However, they are marking the day in events throughout the state calling for an equitable childcare system that provides fair pay to child care providers, and is affordable to working families. 

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