Fighting for Women's Equality

California Assembly Steps Up for Child Care

May 25, 2016 | by

Late yesterday, the California State Assembly approved over $600 million for child care programs within its proposed budget (significantly more than Governor Jerry Brown put in his budget). Access to affordable, quality child care is a key pillar of the Stronger California 2016 Legislative Agenda, which seeks to ensure women’s economic security in our state. 

Noreen Farrell of Equal Rights Advocates, chair of the Stronger California Advocates Network said:

“The California State Assembly stepped up for children and women yesterday. It passed an Assembly Early Education Package that  recommends the adoption of a $618.6 million increase to child care and preschool funding. This funding would go far to ensuring both access to care and education for California families and better reimbursement rates for child care providers.”

Mary Ignatius of Parent Voices, lead of the Stronger California child care pillar, said:

“Yesterday the Assembly made a giant step in making the future brighter for low-income families and the child care providers they depend on, who have been left in the dark for far too long. We thank the Legislative Women’s Caucus and leadership in the Assembly for standing with working women and families on this issue.”

To learn more about the arguments for restoring California’s child care budget, read this opinion piece from the Sacramento Bee.

Contact your state senator and Governor Brown, and show your support for increased child care funding in the budget. 

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