California Parents and Child Care Providers Applaud Assembly Vote to Strengthen Early Learning

Asm. Rendon’s AB 641 will improve child care training, standards to give parents peace of mind

Sacramento, CA – The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California joined parents and child care providers in applauding the California’ Assembly’s passage of AB 641 as the first step in reforming California’s broken system of early learning and child care.

“We always hear elected officials say our kids are our most important investment, and by passing AB 641 our Assembly members have shown a real commitment to improving kids’ opportunities to learn,” said Deborah Corley, a Bakersfield child care provider of 15 years and Vice President of the Kern County African American Child Care Association. “Child care providers are our children’s first teachers, and parents should expect the highest standards of quality when they leave their child with us to go to work. We are uniting and speaking out for the reforms we need to improve training and oversight because our kids deserve the best care and the best opportunities to succeed.”

Parents also thanked the Assembly for passing AB 641. “While it’s harder than ever to find work to feed our families, it’s near impossible to find child care where we can feel good about leaving our kids,” said Li Yu, a Culver City father of a fifteen-month-old. “As a parent, I’m encouraged to hear legislators like Asm. Holly Mitchell acknowledge that California must start investing in what we value, and there is nothing more valuable than our children’s well-being and ability to learn. AB 641 is the first step to fixing the broken child care system working families are counting on.”

AB 641 passed the Assembly today on a 48/22 vote, and now proceeds to the State Senate.

SEIU California is a member of Raising California Together, an alliance of child care providers, parents, clergy, community groups, progressive and civil rights organizations, elected leaders and employers is uniting to press for comprehensive reform of our broken system of early learning and child care.

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