Child Care For All

Child Care for All

When providers come together to form a union, we can make big changes and improve our livelihoods and the quality of child care for thousands of families in California. Together, we’ve already been able to win rate increases, improved state funding for early care and education, more training for providers, $100 million annually for eligible providers to reduce or eliminate their health care costs, $240,000 agreement with the state to ensure we get retirement benefits for providers, and additional child care slots for families.  Learn more.

Child Care for All

When providers come together to form a union, we can make big changes and improve the quality of child care for thousands of families in California. A union means providers have a powerful voice to improve our livelihoods and the services we provide. It means we have a seat at the table with the state of California to negotiate reimbursement rates, working conditions including changes to rules, payment systems, and more! Learn more.

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Join Us

As a member of CCPU/SEIU Local 99, you will join a team of early education professionals who have a powerful voice together to improve our livelihoods and the services we provide for working families. By becoming a member, you’ll take an important step to achieving more for all providers. Our unity is our strength.

Sign Our Petition

We’re forming a union and fighting for a stronger voice through collective bargaining rights. Tell parents to join you in the fight for quality child care for all by signing this petition.

Share Your Story

Stories can inspire and change minds, and show what statistics can’t. What does your struggle look like? How have you changed a child’s life, or played a part in helping a family find their footing?

OUR MISSION: Caring for California Kids, Raising Up Our Profession

California Child Providers United (CCPU) brings together thousands of child care providers throughout California who work together to improve our profession and ensure every child has access to quality early learning and care.

CCPU is made up of a statewide partnership between three powerful unions – SEIU Local 99 Education Workers in Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties, SEIU Local 521 in the Central Valley and Bay Area, and United Domestic Workers Alliance in San Diego.

As union members, child care providers have a powerful voice to improve our livelihoods and the services we provide. Together, we’ve already been able to win rate increases, improved state funding for early care and education, more training for providers, and additional child care slots for families. These monumental victories for family child care providers are only the beginning.

To continue to win lasting changes for child care, we’re fighting for a strong second contract that reflects the true costs of running a child care business, access to benefits, like retirement and paid time off, ensure that all children and their families regardless of zip code, gender, nationality, language, income, or ability have access to affordable & excellent family child care services, and more!

We’re stronger when we’re united. Become a member of CCPUSEIU Local 99.

What We Want

Our demand is simple: Child Care Providers are the backbone of the economy and deserve compensation to match their true cost of providing high-quality car. We will continue to negotiate with the State of California for improvements to the child care industry on matters that impact child care providers, parents, and children. For us—the providers—these are three key parts to what we’re fighting for:

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A union is simply a group of workers who join together to raise their standard of living and improve the services they provide. With a union we have a stronger voice to negotiate reimbursement rate increases, better working conditions, more training, increased access to affordable child care —and more. The strength of the union comes from our numbers. In other words, how many of us are union members. More members means more power to improve our livelihoods and the early care and education we provide.

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Right now, the State of California makes unilateral changes that affect the child care industry and they can do so without the input of those most impacted—family child care providers. We can change this with Assembly Bill 378 (Building a Better Early Care and Education System Act). AB 378 will grant providers collective bargaining rights, and with that, the ability to negotiate a legally-binding contract that guarantees our benefits, reimbursement rates, rules, training, and more. With a contract, California will not be able to make changes to our working conditions without negotiating with us as union members.

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With collective bargaining rights, child care providers will have a direct voice to negotiate a contract with the state. We’ll be able to address many of the issues we care about, including: improving our reimbursement rates and benefits and increasing access for low-income families who cannot afford the rising cost of child care. We can also ensure the training offered to providers meets the state’s needs for the overall childcare workforce, as well as health, safety, and educational standards; aligns with California’s quality rating systems; and eliminate barriers to access training.

With collective bargaining rights, child care providers will have a direct voice to negotiate a contract with the state. We’ll be able to address many of the issues we care about, including: improving our reimbursement rates and benefits and increasing access for low-income families who cannot afford the rising cost of child care. We can also ensure the training offered to providers meets the state’s needs for the overall childcare workforce, as well as health, safety, and educational standards; aligns with California’s quality rating systems; and eliminate barriers to access training.

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Why Join a Union?

Here’s three good reasons

Be a Change Agent

Have you missed a payment because a parent’s signature was missing? Have you struggled to get an agency on the phone? Have you experienced arbitrary changes to rules when visited by licensing? You’re not alone. Over 1,000 other child care providers have been there, have fought, and have won. We don’t have to fight this broken system alone. As a member of SEIU Local 99, we have the unique opportunity to meet face to face with decision-makers in the child care system. We regularly meet with Community Care and Licensing, the Department of Social Services (both in Los Angeles and statewide), and host our own meetings to learn how to become advocates in our profession. We train to become leaders in the child care industry and together have helped dozens of other members receive long-delayed payments, reimbursements, and streamline the complaints process in Los Angeles and San Bernardino County. This is YOUR UNION.

Training and Workforce Development

As a future member of SEIU Local 99, you will join a team of seasoned early education professionals who stand together to ensure we are all up to date with the latest changes in California’s child care system. We host regular workshops on licensing, CPR/First-Aid, Mandatory Abuse Reporting, and even workshops to help with your taxes.

Member-only Perks and Benefits

As a SEIU Local 99 member, you’re entitled to member-only benefits, including special loan rates, insurance products, travel deals, hardship assistance, free first aid and CPR classes, and much more. Members can even earn their AA or BA college degrees online at a low tuition cost through our exclusive College for America program. Members also have access to hundreds of discounted goods and services, such as movie theaters, theme parks, phone plans, car rentals, restaurants and concerts. Check out all the perks and benefits.

California’s Broken Child Care System at a Glance

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The yearly cost for full-time infant care. At a licensed family child care, the cost is $10,609 a year.
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Children who are eligible, but aren’t receiving state subsidized care.
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The average hourly wage of a license-exempt child care provider. Licensed providers only make slightly more, $5 to $7 an hour.
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The percentage of the total child care workforce that relies on government assistance due to low wages.

Fact: Quality child care is hard to find and what is available is far too expensive. Full-time infant care costs $16,452 in a center or $10,609 in a licensed family child care.1

Fact: Approximately 1.2 million children who are eligible for state subsidized care are not getting it. In 2015, only 1 in 7 children who qualified for subsidized child care received services statewide. Also, the estimated number of California children eligible for subsidized child care was 1,479,000. Out of that, 1,261,000 were not enrolled.

Fact: Many licensed family child care providers experience persistent financial hardship due to low pay. Providers who are not covered by wage and hour laws or employer-based benefits, make as little as $5 to $7 an hour and license-exempt providers earn even less. For example, a license-exempt child care provider in Los Angeles is paid $3.61 an hour to care for an infant.3

1California R&R Network, 2017 California Child Care Portfolio. 2016 Regional Market Rate Survey, Network estimate
2Child Care and Development Programs in California, March 2018, California Budget & Policy Center
3Based on 2018 RMR for Trustlined providers

Child Care for All is a joint campaign by child care provider members of SEIU Local 99, SEIU Local 521, and UDW Local 3930. Collectively, we are Child Care Providers United California.