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May | 2022

Today: A National Day of Action  
A Day Without Child Care  
We join in solidarity with thousands of child care providers, parents, and families across the country in a National Day of Action: A Day Without Child Care. For generations, we have been fighting for equitable access to affordable child care and better pay and working conditions for providers but our needs are still not being met. That’s why we’re taking action for:

1) Living wages for child care providers
2) An equitable child care system built on racial justice
3) Affordable child care for all families

In California, parents and child care providers are hosting a Legislative Roundtable to educate elected officials about the changes needed to ensure accessible and affordable child care for all. Join the Roundtable today at 11:30 am by registering here. The event will also be broadcasted live on Facebook
California Update
The 2022-23 State Budget and Investments in Child Care and Development Facilities Infrastructure
This week, the state Department of Finance will release the May Revision of the 2022-23 State Budget, which contains changes to the Governor's Proposed Budget based upon the latest economic forecasts. In the last weeks, the State Assembly and the Senate released the current version of their Budget Plans, and both included investments in Early Childhood Education and Care facilities. We thank our legislators for their commitment to ensuring children and educators have accessible, safe, and quality learning and work environments!

Join us on May 18 at noon for a Policy Briefing about the May Revision and the planned investment in Early Care and Education facilitiesClick here to RSVP!
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Advocate with Us!
You can find the full Fact Sheets on the  Advocacy Page of our website. 
>>> Add Your Name, Organization, and/or Logo to our Sign-On Letters Join our efforts by learning more & taking action with our advocacy tools.
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  • Follow us on Twitter and Facebook @BuildUpCA
  • Use the hashtag #BuildChildCare4CA
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Learn about our 2022-23 State Budget request for $10MM to support the integration of Affordable Housing and Child Care Facilities. 
Find all of our short advocacy video clips HERE.
ECE Coalition Budget Request
The Early Care and Education Coalition (ECE) hosted an educational webinar on May 5th on the 2022-23 State Budget and investments in child care. At this event, various speakers provided an overview of how California’s child care system is structured and explained the ECE Coalition’s 2022-23 State Budget asks that are aimed to prevent a catastrophic hit to California’s economy due to the lack of available child care.

On the Coalition’s website, you will find fact sheets and additional information on the asks. The recording of the webinar will also be posted here:
CDSS Minor Renovation and Repairs Grant Providers Survey
Are you a child care provider in California? The California Child Care Resource & Referral Network wants to hear about your experience with the recent California Department of Social Service (CDSS) Infrastructure Grant Program (IGP) Minor Renovation and Repairs Grant!

Fill out the survey by Thursday, May 12 and you'll be entered to win a $100 Target gift card! Click here for the survey. 

State Legislation
The Los Angeles Child Care Planning Committee and Policy Roundtable for Child Care and Development created a list with updated information about bills of likely interest to the field of early care and education. Download the updated list here.
Federal Update

Child Care in the Proposed Economic Package 
From the Child Care and Early Learning Coalition (CCELC) | National Women's Law Center (NWLC)

We remain hopeful that the Senate will include the child care and early learning plan before Memorial Day as part of an economic package. We must keep pressure on the Senate to ensure child care and early learning are included in the economic package currently being crafted.

To maintain the drumbeat and increase the urgency for the Senate to act now, MomsRising has compiled a resource with events and activities for May: May Day for Child Care Toolkit. Check back often as more information will be added regularly.


At our first Members Meeting held on April 28th, we honored three early childhood educators who supported hundreds of their fellow Family Child Care providers to fill out the applications for the State's Infrastructure Grant Program (IGP) Minor Repairs and Renovation Grant:
  • Benu Chhabra - Bay Area Professional Family Child Care Network
  • Elida Cruz - Elida's Childcare Bulletin
  • Yessika Balleza Magdaleno - Child Care Business Institute
Our first Big Heart Awards were presented to them, representing our gratitude for the waves of change that their generosity creates!

Click here to watch a short video with a few snapshots of the workshops that they led about the grant application with California Changemakers.

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