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Child Care Providers United

This is Our Movement

In California, we all want children to have a great start in life. We know that access to high-quality child care and early childhood education in the first 5 years of a child’s life are critical to their success. Yet, as California providers, we make an average wage of only $5 to $8 per hour. 

That’s why we are coming together to ensure all children and families have access to quality and affordable care and to lift up our profession and improve our livelihoods.

Because child care providers have advocated tirelessly for higher rates, access to advanced training, and a voice in state-level policy, we now have the opportunity to be recognized as the official family child care provider union – and win permanent, binding improvements for all our child care providers.

Real Stories & Real People

San Jose

Patricia Moran

“We’re early educators with a lot of experience, but many providers who provide excellent care to children are no longer providing that service because we can’t make ends meet.”

San Pedro

Keenan Davis

“We need more providers to join and join us in solidarity. Because this fight takes a village. No single person can win, we have to win collectively.”

Apple Valley

Amasha Griffin

“My greatest joy is just to see [these children] grow up to be productive, respectful leaders in the community.”

Lori Christie

Imperial Beach

“Being part of the union means to me so much because I feel like I have more of a backbone and support in the things that have been a struggle as a provider.”

Elk Grove

Pat Alexander

“For me, my husband works with me, this is our sole income. So I have to be able to make a decent living to meet my needs to run my business and run my household at the same time.”

Lancaster

Francis Ramirez

“I’ve been a child care provider for 15 years, and in those 15 years I realized that were getting paid under minimum wage.”

Long Beach

Ramona Duran

“We teach like a teacher. We cook everyday like a mother...It's hard work."

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