What is the issue?
There has ALWAYS been a critical need for child care, especially for families and providers of color who have been hardest hit by COVID-19. Child care should be a civil right, not a privilege dictated by social injustices and limitations.
What’s the solution?
The Child Care Law Center is co-sponsoring a bill by Assemblymember Gómez Reyes that is expected to be amended to financially liberate families with low incomes by implementing a new and equitable family fee schedule starting July 1, 2023. Called The Affordable Child Care Family Fees Act, this bill will ensure instant relief for parents and that child care providers are paid in full and don’t absorb the reduction in family fees. The Affordable Child Care Family Fees Act is a simple anti-poverty solution that gives families immediate relief by:
- Eliminating bureaucracy & streamlining systems
- Boosting wages of child care providers making near-poverty salaries
- Promoting family stability and supporting whole-family wellness by reducing toxic stress
- Putting money in the pockets of families who need it most
Right now, we have an opportunity to make a meaningful, ongoing change in child care and to address the systemic racist policies and underfunding in our system. Over 200 organizations and advocates signed on to support waiving family fees for child care. We stand together to heal the harm of an outdated family fees system that produces racist outcomes.
Read more and take action on the Affordable Child Care Family Fees Act page.