04. June 2016 · Comments Off on Tell the Budget Committee: Invest in Quality Child Care! · Categories: News, Stand Up!
Activist Teresa Lewxowitz arrested at child care rally

SEIU 1021 member and retired childcare worker Teresa Lewkowitz is arrested during a rally to support Early Education funding at the capitol. From @raisingCA on flickr.

The Assembly has proposed a $619 million investment into California’s childcare system by expanding access to quality childcare for children and families and increasing pay rates for child care workers.
Let the Budget Conference Committee members know you stand with the budget and making sure every family has access to quality, affordable child care: http://bit.ly/1UjzjiH

The Sacramento Bee gets it:

Though state lawmakers still talk a great game when it comes to caring about families, child care funding lags prerecession levels by more than $800 million. And though the legislative women’s caucus has asked for that money to be put back, the response so far has been pathetic.

We get the need to be fiscally prudent, but really? Maybe these people haven’t spent time around children lately. Otherwise they’d know that, just as one diaper won’t do when a baby uses eight daily, $80 worth of babysitting isn’t gettable for ten bucks.

State lawmakers should take another look at this funding. Nothing – no pothole, no pay raise, no prison – is more important than the first years of a child’s life.

Image from @raisingCA on flickr.

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