FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 21, 2014
Contact: Mary Ignatius (415-420-2349)
Parent Voices issued the following statement during a news conference hosted by the California Legislative Women’s Caucus held on Tuesday, May 20, 2014.
“Parent Voices along with other child care advocates are inspired by the bold and fearless $625 million budget proposal to reinvest in child care, which has been introduced by the Democratic members of the Legislative Women’s Caucus. This is much more than a funding request; the Legislative Women’s Caucus gave notice – to the media, the public, their colleagues in both houses and the governor – that they will no longer allow low-income mothers and children to be ignored.
“After the devastating loss of $1 billion and 110,000 child care slots lost since 2008, this budget proposal comes at a time when the obstacles and struggles mothers have endured while attempting to access quality affordable child care have been invisible. Yesterday, our California women leaders told the world that they see us!
“They see the thousands of mothers and children who are eligible for child care services and have been waiting for investments; they see the mothers who are able to work and go to school to achieve economic security because they have a child care subsidy but also recognize that one incident such as an unreliable car, an illness, or the lack of paid sick days, could upend the stability they have created; they see the predominantly female child care provider and teacher industry and the sacrifices they make on a daily basis to keep their business open after years of frozen reimbursement rates; and they see that access to child care and early learning opportunities must start at birth to ensure they are successful in school and life.
“Our next steps will be to convince the Legislature and the governor to follow the Women’s Caucus’ lead and put families first! We are asking our community to sign a petition to show our support of the proposed investment in child care. [See: http://www.rrnetwork.org/womens_caucus_sign_on?utm_campaign=womens_caucus&utm_medium=email&utm_source=rrnetwork]
“Please sign it and share the petition with your networks. We have 48 hours to collect as many signatures as we can. As the California economy begins its recovery, this $625 million investment in child care will ensure that low-income mothers and their children can also participate in the recovery.“