We educate, advocate, and litigate to make child care a civil right
We believe in justice and opportunity for children, families, and child care providers. We make laws work for Black and Brown people, children with disabilities, and those historically discriminated against.
Remembering Our History As We Build Our Future
The 1970s: In America
The civil rights movement grows. Lawyers get creative using the law to fight for people’s rights. More and more women enter the paid workforce.
The 1970s: at the Child Care Law Center
Child care activists team up with the San Francisco Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights to press for fair child care laws. Out of this momentum, the Child Care Law Center is born.
The 1980s: In America
President Reagan vilifies families
who qualify for welfare, refusing
to see them as hard-working.
Leaders create layers of punitive
restrictions on government aid.
Child care assistance becomes
part of welfare programs, as a way
to oversee women, to make sure
The 1980s: at the Child Care Law Center
We draft the Family Day Care
Legal Handbook. This new tool
empowers child care provider
to know their rights as business owners.
Our innovative problem-solving
includes turning historically
racist zoning policy into
a tool for the expansion
of child care.
The 1990s: In America
States write their own child care
funding rules, assuming that people
in poverty want to defraud the
President Clinton vows to
“end welfare as we know it.”
Disability rights advocates pass the
groundbreaking Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA).
The 1990s: at the Child Care Law Center
In Miller v. Carlson (1991) and
Rose v. Eastin (2000) we litigate
to win fair rules for families as
the state implements racist
We work hand-in-hand with
child care providers to include all
children, regardless of mental or
The 2000s: In America
The Great Recession cuts funding
to child care programs. When
crisis hits, child care is one of the
first things to get cut, even
though it is essential to families.
The 2000s: at the Child Care Law Center
Our trainings in child care law help
legal-aid lawyers open the
door for people to get jobs,
housing and opportunities.
We fight to make state child care
rules fair for families.
The 2010s: In America
Twenty years after President Clinton passed welfare reform, fewer families than ever receive child care assistance despite a growing economy and growing needs.
The 2010s: at the Child Care Law Center
In Parent Voices Oakland v. O’Connell (2010) we bring legal action to reinstate child care for 55,000
We rewrite the California Child Day Care Facilities Act to end a patchwork of discriminatory local zoning restrictions.
We reform biased child care eligibility laws to support economic advancement for families.
The 2020s: In America
The global coronavirus
The murder of George Floyd by
police is a tipping point for America
to reckon with racism across all our
systems, including child care.
The 2020s: at the Child Care Law Center