On September 8, my assistant and I had the honor of being part of a wonderful experience in San Jose. The energy was felt the minute we stepped into SEIU Local 521’s conference room. Dozens of Family Child Care Providers from across California gathered in San Jose to talk strategy and organizing at our quarterly Statewide Action Committee meeting. Providers came together to discuss our plan to win the right to collectively bargain with the state so we may create a path for quality family child care for all in California.
In August, union child care providers attended one of our regular Licensing Workshops facilitated by Child Care Advocate,Shoghig Khadarian, where we found out the California Department of Social Services Community Care Licensing Division was proposing changes to Title 22 regulations. The changes were regarding safe sleep for infants in child care facilities.
Did you know that after 52.5 hours of weekly care you are entitled to an additional hourly rate? After reading the confusing Title 5 Education codes, and clarifying with the CA Department of Education (CDE), we discovered that providers can be paid for hours worked above 52.5 per week. Keep in mind our hourly [...]
In Southeast Los Angeles, many providers work with Plaza Community Services, a network that provides early care and education in the area. In April, we met with Plaza and were informed the network would be transitioning to an Early Head Start program. Shortly after many of us received termination letters from the network. The [...]
Operating a family child care business is very rewarding but it can also be stressful. Licensing, Resource & Referral (R&R) agencies and food program representatives can flaunt their authority. We feel alone and isolated when licensing requirements are changed without proper notice. But, we know united, we are strong! Recently, Community Care Licensing made changes [...]
Union members, including members from SEIU Local 99, AFSCME/UDW, and SEIU Local 521 continue to have Quarterly Provider Input Meetings with the California Department of Education (CDE). Our last meeting was held Tuesday, June 5, 2018. We successfully engaged CDE in a healthy and productive conversation about the impact the, “Variable Schedule” definition and practice [...]
Beginning January 1, 2018, all licensed providers, applicants, directors, and employees must complete a required child abuse training (Health and Safety Code 1596.8662). You must complete the training every two years. This is verified during inspection. If the training is not available in your primary language you will be exempt until CDSS makes it available. [...]
By Nikita Houston, Child Care Provider, Los Angeles On April 2, 2018, I had the opportunity to represent SEIU Local 99 providers in Sacramento at the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) headquarters. Other participants at the round table discussion included Community Care Licensing representatives from Northern/Southern California and our sister child care unions. Together, [...]
Many providers in our union experience problems with Stage 1 Child Care variable schedules. So, we took action. Our petition urging the LA County Board of Supervisors to address providers’ concerns gathered hundreds of signatures! This led to several meetings with the LA County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS). Our meetings gave us [...]
Family child care providers are the bedrock of healthy neighborhoods across California. Sign this petition to support collective bargaining rights for providers and give them a voice to fix our state's broken child care system.