If passed, the Building a Better Early Care and Education System Act (AB378), will allow California’s 40,000 child care providers to negotiate with the state for improvements to the early childhood education system. This bill, authored by State Assembly Member Monique Limon, will give providers a seat at the table with the state of California to negotiate over the issues that impact our profession, including:
- Improved wages and benefits that will allow providers to support their own families. Currently, providers do not receive health benefits and earn low wages paid by the state.
- Increasing access for low-income children and families who cannot afford the rising cost of child care – now estimated at as much as $14,000 a year per child in California.
AB 378 also calls for a training partnership to play a coordinating role in ensuring the training offered to providers meets the state’s needs for the overall childcare workforce; satisfies the health, safety, and educational standards prescribed by the state; aligns with the California’s quality rating systems; and identifies and works to eliminate barriers to providers accessing training in order to create a sustainable career pathway for the early education workforce.
“To improve child care, California must listen to those who know working families best: our 40,000 home-based child care providers,” said Assembly Member Limon. “There are no voices more knowledgeable or passionate about California’s critical child care needs than this group of mostly women who labor every day to nurture our children and fuel our economy by making it possible for moms and dads to report to work. If they are to lead and inform us on the issue of child care, their voices must be heard.”
What are the steps to pass AB378?
There are several steps to passing a legislative bill. These steps happen over several months and it’s important that providers’ voices are heard every step of the way.
AB 378 introduced in Sacramento on February 6 by Assemblymember Monique Limón. Hundreds of providers from across the state visit their legislators on Capitol Hill to garner support for our bill.
AB 378 is assigned to two State Assembly Committees: (1) Labor and Employment and (2) Judiciary.
Providers travel to Sacramento to testify at our bill’s hearing in the Labor and Employment Committee. Bill is passed with 6 votes, 0 no votes.
AB 378 will be heard in the State Assembly’s Judiciary Committee.
Deadline for AB 378 to be put to a vote by the entire California State Assembly.
If the Assembly approves the bill, it moves to the California State Senate. AB 378 will be assigned to it’s Senate Committees. Senate Committees then review the bill. If the Senate committees approve it, it moves to the full Senate for a vote.
Deadline for AB 378 to be passed by the California State Senate. If the Senate approves it, the bill goes to the Governor of California.
AB 378 must be signed by Governor Newsom by this date. The Governor has three choices: (1) He can sign the bill into law, (2) allow it to become law without his signature, or (3) veto it. If Governor Newsom signs AB 378, we will prepare for our union election.
Once the bill is signed by the Governor and becomes law, providers in California will finally have the same collective bargaining rights enjoyed by other workers throughout our country, including providers in 11 other states who already have a seat at the table to negotiate improvements for early care and learning.
So let’s make sure this bill becomes a law! Share your story to make sure state legislators and the governor understand how important it is for providers to have a strong voice for quality child care for all.