ECE in the News

Up to a $30,000 raise in works for S.F. child care and preschool workers

Author: Jill Tucker
Date: May 1, 2022
Publication: San Francisco Chronicle

In San Francisco, a plan to give city-funded child care and preschool workers a big raise to a livable wage seeks to solve a shortage of early educators while making it easier for families to remain in the city.

Under a $60 million initiative announced Thursday, city officials will give 2,000 workers in taxpayer-funded preschool and child care programs, including community sites and those in private homes, up to a $30,000 raise starting later this year…

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New Mexico to offer a year of free child care to most residents

Author: Casey Parks
Date: April 28, 2022
Publication: The Washington Post

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) announced Thursday that New Mexico will cover the costs of child care for most residents through June 2023. The benefit, which covers families earning up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level, makes New Mexico the first state to offer no-cost care over such a broad range of incomes, officials said. “It’s free, no more co-pays, no more waiting,” Lujan Grisham said to a crowd of preschoolers at East Gate Kids Learning Center in Albuquerque. “This is the road to a universal child-care system.”

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Mayor Breed Announces Landmark Pay Raise Initiative for Early Educators in City-Funded Programs

Date: April 28, 2022
Publication: Office of the Mayor

San Francisco, CA — Today, Mayor London N. Breed announced a new initiative by the San Francisco Office of Early Care

and Education (OECE) to invest up to $60 million annually to advance pay raises, increase benefits, improve working conditions, and support educational attainment for San Francisco’s workforce of over 2,000 City-funded early educators. These programs serve over 6,500 children ages 0-5 every year…

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How to restore California’s ailing child care system: Pay the teachers

Author: Lea Austin
Date: April 27, 2022
Publication: EdSource

Covid-19 brought California’s already-ailing child care system to its knees. If you work in child care or are a parent, you are intimately familiar with this reality. If you are making budget and policy decisions in California, you may have missed the urgency of the crisis and the workers at the center of it all. Even Gov. Gavin Newsom, who promoted a transitional kindergarten plan and expansion of child care slots in his State of the State address, has neglected this crisis.

Increasing child care spaces only works if there are child care teachers to fill them.

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San Francisco early childcare educators set to receive milestone pay raise

Author: Alice Wertz
Date: April 29, 2022
Publication: KCBS Radio

The first of its kind in the country, Mayor London Breed announced a landmark pay raise initiative for early childhood educators on Thursday.

Part of the San Francisco Office of Early Care and Education (OECE), the new initiative will invest up to $60 million annually to improve salaries and benefits for the more than 2,000 early educators employed by the city, according to a Thursday press release.

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Will there be enough teachers for California’s ambitious plans for its youngest students?

Author: Elizabeth Aguilera
Date: March 29, 2022
Publication: CalMatters

California needs tens of thousands of teachers and assistants to expand public school to all 4-year-olds. Private and nonprofit preschools worry they’ll lose their staff.

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Equity must be part of how we define quality in early learning, one report says

Author: Karen D’Souza
Date: March 9, 2022
Publication: EdSource

Quality is a term that gets bandied about a lot in the national discourse about early learning programs, but there is little consensus on just what constitutes quality. Is it measured in test scores, joyful learning experiences or equitable access?

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The lack of childcare centers has pushed Bay Area moms to open their own

Author: Susana Guerrero
Date: February 23, 2022
Publication: SF Gate

For nearly a decade, Jackie Shaw, 43, worked three jobs: One at a housing clinic in San Francisco, a second at the county social service agency in Oakland, and a third at home in Treasure Island, as the single mother of three kids. It was a struggle, but with a combination of hard work and help from family, she made ends meet.

Everything changed in March 2020, when her eldest daughter gave birth to twins in the same month that all of their kids’ schools switched to distance learning. Around the Bay Area, the pandemic turned an already-existing childcare shortage into a crisis. For the Shaw family, it left two adults — Jackie and her daughter — caring for six young children around the clock.

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California’s subsidized preschool program may expand to toddlers

Author: Karen D’Souza
Date: February 15, 2022
Publication: EdSource

California’s subsidized preschool program may be open to children as young as 2 if the expansion of services in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed budget comes to pass.

The California State Preschool Program currently serves the state’s low-income 3- and 4-year-olds. The new proposal to expand the program to children as young as 2 is part of the K-12 “trailer bill,” clarifying policies related to the state budget for 2022-23. Typically, the governor revises the proposed budget in May and the Legislature is required to approve it by June.

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Senator Leyva: Working Families Need True Access to Universal Preschool

Date: February 10, 2022

SACSenator Connie M. Leyva | Proudly Representing California Senate District 20RAMENTO – Continuing her work to expand educational and developmental opportunities for young children, Senator ConnieM. Leyva (D-Chino) today introduced legislation that establishes universal preschool in California.  Specifically, SB 976 ensures that parents have the option to send their children to a public elementary school provider or a community-based childcare provider to benefit from universal preschool.

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We struggle to measure quality child care — and even more to fund it

Author: Christina A. Samuels
Date: February 3, 2022
Publication: The Hechinger Report

Without Build Back Better to boost efforts to upgrade quality, states are still trying to improve child care for kids, but it’s a challenge.

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Parents and caregivers of young children say they've hit pandemic rock bottom

Author: Anya Kamenetz
Date: January 20, 2022

The people who take care of and educate children under 5 years old — both parents and providers — are in a special kind of hell right now. These children are too young to be vaccinated, and it’s difficult for them to wear masks consistently. Many child care directors, like Berg, are still following 10- or 14-day quarantines, closing entire classrooms after a single positive test, which has caused nonstop disruptions given the current record numbers of COVID-19 cases.

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No Build Back Better for Christmas

Author: Lisa Mascaro and Alan Fram
Date: December 17, 2021
Publication: SFChronicle

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has all but acknowledged negotiations over his sweeping domestic policy package will likely push into the new year, as he does not yet have the votes in the Senate to lift the roughly $2 trillion bill to passage.

Biden issued a statement Thursday evening as it became increasingly apparent the Democratic senators would not meet their Christmas deadline, in large part because of unyielding opposition from one holdout: Sen. Joe Manchin.

The president said that in their recent discussions, the West Virginia senator has reiterated his support for the framework he, the president and other Democrats had agreed to on the flagship bill. Biden said he also briefed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer earlier Thursday about the most recent round of talks with Manchin.

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Trailblazing Black feminist and social critic bell hooks dies at 69

Author: Harrison Smith
Date: December 17, 2021
Publication: Washington Post

Trailblazing Black feminist bell hooks, whose graceful, probing and wide-ranging books sought to empower people of all races, classes and genders, anticipating and helping shape ongoing debates about justice and discrimination in the United States, died Dec. 15 at her home in Berea, Ky. She was 69.

The cause was end-stage renal failure, said her sister Gwenda Motley. Dr. hooks had been on the faculty of Berea College since 2004, serving as distinguished professor in residence in Appalachian studies.

A poet, memoirist, social critic and scholar, she wrote more than 30 books, mixing the personal and the political as she examined Madonna music videos, Clarence Thomas’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing, the representation of Black Americans in film and the nature of love.

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Charter Amendment for June ballot will create groundbreaking reform and accountability measures to better serve children and families

Date: December 13, 2021

San Francisco, CA — Mayor London N. Breed today announced a new Children First Ballot measure that will make San Francisco a national model for how cities can improve the well-being for children. The measure will reform how the City delivers services to children and create accountability measures to ensure the San Francisco School Board focuses on kids, not politics.

Children First will be introduced at the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, December 14th, with the goal of being on the June 2022 ballot. It requires a majority vote by the Board to be placed on the ballot, with a deadline for that vote being in February 2022.

“This pandemic has really impacted our kids, but we have to be honest that we’ve been struggling to efficiently and effectively provide quality services to young people and their families for years,” said Mayor Breed. “By streamlining how we deliver services, by bringing more collaboration and transparency to our programs, and by creating real accountability for City Departments and the School Board, we can make a transformative difference for our young people. This City showed what it can do during the pandemic when our schools were shut down and Departments and service providers moved mountains to create our Community Learning Hubs program, which was stood up in a matter of weeks to serve over 3,000 kids who needed it the most. We’ve shown we can do better, so now is the time to make real and lasting change.”

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Young kids and nature, in the city

Author: Angelica Guerrerro
Date: May 19, 2021
Publication: 48hills

Teaching Behind the Mask is a series of voices from infant, toddler, and pre-school classrooms across San Francisco. Read previous installments 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7.

If you walk through McLaren Park, Glenn Canyon, Crissy Field, Ocean Beach, the Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park, or any other treasured San Francisco natural space, you might see her. She usually carries a heavy backpack, filled with children’s books, a first aid kit, magnifying glasses, art supplies and other learning tools. You will quickly realize that she is no ordinary hiker.

If you watch her closely, you will learn so much. Her name is Angelica Guerrero and she will be accompanied by six young children and her assistant, Emma Sandford.

Angelica is a well of wisdom — wisdom about caring for our children, wisdom about how our disconnection from nature is causing us harm, wisdom about the importance of rooting children in their home languages and cultural traditions, wisdom about how communities can become change makers, and wisdom about how policies impact deeply rooted social injustices.

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Mixing — and celebrating — cultures in a Bayview child-care center

Author: Barbara Blender (interviewing Maki Matsunami and Antonia Venegas)
Date: May 6, 2021
Publication: 48hills

Teaching Behind the Mask is a series of voices from infant, toddler, and pre-school classrooms across San Francisco. Read previous installments 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.

Our culturally and linguistically diverse early childhood educators offer our children and families many gifts. Sometimes they are able to “read” the families’ cultural context, switching from English to the families’ home language, offering “mirrors” to the children and providing strong bridges between home and school. Other times, when they represent cultures that are unknown to their colleagues and to the families they serve, they offer valuable “windows” into concepts, realities and histories that would only have been accessible via books or TV shows.

Successful multicultural teams seem to only emerge when teams are willing to learn from one another and from their families about a world of possibilities and cultural expressions that might initially be different, and “not right.” In these efforts, multicultural teams and families create a “third culture” space, where children’s families and teachers are celebrated and honored, where they honestly collaborate on how to provide the best learning opportunities for children, and where teachers are curious and open to learning together.

Teams such as these are popping up all over the city. One such exemplary team is Maki Matsunami and Antonia Venegas. They have agreed to be interviewed, and to share with us what makes their partnership a strong foundation for their toddler classroom, located in a subsidized program in the Bayview.

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Why FCCs need more resources – and respect

Author: Monique Guidry
Date: April 15, 2021
Publication: 48hills

Teaching Behind the Mask is a series of voices from infant, toddler, and pre-school classrooms across San Francisco. Read previous installments 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.


What comes to mind when you think of a woman who cares for a group of young children in her own home? What images do you think of? What assumptions do you make?

If you imagine that woman sitting on a couch, in her pajamas, watching children while Family Feud plays in the background, you are not alone. This stereotype is still common. Most people don’t see Family Child Care as a real business. Most don’t think of FCCs as places of high-quality education for young children and as a support for working families. The idea that Family Child Care providers just stumble into this field is still common.

My story is a story of student loans to repay, of opening and managing a business, of seeking professional development, of committing to my community, and of a lifelong career that I chose for myself.

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Toddlers in the Tenderloin

Author: Aici Zhow
Date: March 15, 2021
Publication: 48hills

Teaching Behind the Mask is a series of voices from infant, toddler, and pre-school classrooms across San Francisco. Read previous installments 1, 2, 3, and 4.


When Latino families knock on our doors for the first time and ask for help, I am often the one sent to greet them. After hearing my fluent Spanish, there are moments of relief and of surprise. Things quickly turn to laughter and to many questions: How is a Chinese woman so fluent in Spanish? What are you? Are you Latina? Are you Asian?

I find myself sharing bits and pieces of my history with them, and, as we build our relationship, that initial surprise turns into this comfortable feeling: the language unites us, helps us connect with the other teachers on our team, and helps me build relationships with our toddlers.

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Overcoming stereotypes to promote change

Author: Chandler Graddick
Date: February 21, 2021
Publication: 48hills

Teaching Behind the Mask is a series of voices from infant, toddler, and pre-school classrooms across San Francisco. Read previous installments 1, 2, and 3.


My name is Chandler Graddick. I have attended public and private schools throughout my career as a student. I have also taught in both public and private Early Childhood Education programs. Through these reflections I invite you to look through a small window into how these experiences helped shape my perspectives an African American male educator.

Please join me is revisiting my past and present experiences. Together we can dream about a better future for all children and Early Childhood Education teachers… in private and publicly funded schools throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and the country.

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Calif. appeals court upholds S.F.'s commercial rent tax to pay for children's services

Author: Bob Egelko
Date: January 27, 2021
Publication: San Francisco Chronicle

A June 2018 San Francisco ballot initiative raising taxes on commercial rents to pay for young children’s care and education was legally approved by 51% of the city’s voters, a state appeals court ruled Wednesday, rejecting business groups’ argument that it needed a two-thirds majority.

Proposition C was designed to raise $146 million a year, mostly to fund child care and education for children younger than 6. In upholding the measure, the First District Court of Appeal relied on a ruling last June by another division of the same court upholding a November 2018 initiative, also titled Prop. C, that won 61% voter approval to fund programs for the homeless.

Both measures were challenged under Prop. 218, a 1996 initiative that required two-thirds voter approval for any tax increase proposed by a local government for specific purposes. But the appeals court said measures placed on the ballot by signatures on initiative petitions were actions by the voters, not local governments, and could be approved by a simple majority vote.

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A thank-you from the future to the women who built the Issei Women’s Building

Author: Misa Okayama
Date: January 24, 2021
Publication: 48hills

Teaching Behind the Mask is a series of voices from infant, toddler, and pre-school classrooms across San Francisco. It’s a collaboration between Barbra Blender, Eliana Elias, and the remarkable early-childhood education teachers who continue to serve children and families during the pandemic. 

Dear Julia Morgan and the Issei women who built the building located on 1830 Sutter Street in the City of San Francisco, home to Nihonmachi Little Friends preschool:

Sending out a thank you note from your future… 

What does it mean for us to be teaching and learning with young children in this historic building that you built in 1932?  Working in this community over the years, I have been thinking more and more about what is in our blood and our identity. Aren’t our roots filled with the spirit of taking a stand for social justice?

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Fighting toxic masculinity for the next generation

Author: Brian Crooks
Date: January 8, 2021
Publication: 48hills

“Teaching Behind the Mask” is a series of voices from infant, toddler, and pre-school classrooms across San Francisco.

“The child is father of the man…”


This line from the poem My Heart Leaps up, by William Wordsworth,  written in 1802, finds its way into my head often. How does it relate to me? Me… the child of a teenage single mom who battled abuses her whole life? Me… a kid who was in and out of the system for neglect and abuse? Me… a young man living on the streets of SF? Me… a man hitchhiking across the US on the fringes of society?

Me… now a 32-year-old man, an accomplished teacher with a BA in Special Education (despite my $30K debt)?  Me… choosing to teach toddlers during a pandemic?

How can this line, written more than 200 years ago, help me reflect on where I came from, how I got here and where I’m going?

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Why I teach pre-school during the pandemic

Author: Vernee Davis
Date: December 24, 2020
Publication: 48hills

“Teaching Behind the Mask” is a series of voices from infant, toddler, and pre-school classrooms across San Francisco.


Dear Future Generations of My Beloved Family,

When you read my name, or see an old-faded picture of me way after I am gone, and you discover that I was an educator during a world-wide pandemic you might ask yourself:

“What did Vernee stand for during that time? How did she show up for her community?”

I am wondering about this because I often do this myself, as I sift through pictures of our family… wondering how our family members thought about their place in history. Instead of leaving you guessing, I decided to leave you with some of my thoughts… in the hopes that you will get to know a bit about what is in your DNA, in your bones.

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San Francisco, CA — Mayor London N. Breed today announced $25 million in financial assistance for San Francisco’s early care and education programs, which care for approximately 10,000 children across the city. These child care and education programs provide essential services for San Francisco families, however, many are struggling financially as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and are at risk of permanently closing. Mayor Breed and former Board of Supervisors President Norman Yee created the Early Education Economic Recovery Program with funding from revenue unlocked by Proposition F. The Program will help San Francisco’s early child care and education programs remain open and give them the resources they need to offer high-quality services to the children in their care.

San Francisco is home to more than 500 licensed and cooperative early care programs that may be eligible for grants of up to $15,000 as part of this new program. Early care programs can also apply for additional support in the form of interest-free loans up to $50,000, repayable over the next five years. These one-time funds will assist licensed early care and education programs and license-exempt cooperative preschool programs to cover costs associated with COVID-19 such as accommodation of smaller group sizes, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and staff compensation…

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Childcare is essential to The City’s recovery

Author: Pat Sullivan
Date: December 7, 2020
Publication: SF Examiner

In March when we entered our first shelter-in-place and San Francisco was transformed overnight from a vibrant metropolis to a ghost town, I was afraid. I wanted to wrap myself in a warm blanket, hunker in, unplug my phone, order takeout and pretend I was on a much-needed vacation.

I had been recovering from a horrible flu for months. Still tired all the time, I taught three college courses, worked all day with preschoolers, and found time to advocate for early childhood education (ECE) and family childcare while serving on dissertation committees and drafting a book chapter about colorism. When I finally had the courage to check my email, I had hundreds of messages from frightened people just like me—community partners all trying to steady the ship and navigate a course through uncharted waters.

There were public health guidelines that changed so rapidly it was hard to keep up. Initially published only in English, these guidelines were eventually translated by community agencies and network leaders to a workforce unsure of how to stay safe and socially distanced while changing diapers.

With no guarantee of funding, educators maintained their connections to children through virtual circle time and sing-along sessions so that parents who had transformed a portion of their living spaces into office-classrooms could work from home. A few of us kept our doors open for the children of essential workers, at great risk to our own safety and the safety of our families.

Childcare programs that served subsidized children were initially fully funded, but those who served a majority or all private pay families recognized that as the month came to an end, so would their income. Hard decisions were made whether to keep already collected parent fees despite closure, or lay-off teachers. With the limited State and Federal programs, childcare educators — mostly small operators without HR support, found it near impossible to navigate unemployment claims, PPP loans and small business emergency grants, especially those for whom English was not their first language.

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Prop. F: San Francisco's sweeping business tax overhaul wins big

Author: Roland Li
Date: November 4, 2020
Publication: SF Chronicle

A San Francisco ballot measure that approves sweeping business tax changes passed Tuesday night, with results including a large number of mail-in ballots.

Proposition F passed 68% to 32%, with all precincts reporting. The measure required a simple majority to pass.

Mayor London Breed and the Board of Supervisors sponsored the measure, which will eliminate the city’s payroll tax and gradually raise gross receipts tax rates by 40% for all industries. Officials have said the measure is critical to closing the city’s $1.5 billion budget deficit amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Some industries hit hard by the pandemic and related shutdowns will see temporary tax relief. Retail, service businesses, manufacturing, arts, entertainment and recreation, accommodations, and food services will see tax cuts in 2021 and 2022, before seeing rates increase in 2023.

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Prop F released funds to be used for economic recovery

San Francisco, CA – Board President Yee is introducing legislation to establish an emergency economic recovery program to support early care and education providers who are at the brink of collapse due to the COVID-19 health emergency. The Early Care & Education Economic Recovery program will offer one-time grants and zero-interest loans for child care providers serving children ages 0-6 to cover increased operating costs associated with the pandemic, including cleaning and sanitation; the need to expand facility sizes to accommodate physical spacing requirements; financial assistance to employees to assist with childcare for their dependents during working hours; and covering costs associated with providing free or reduced care for essential health care workers and activated Disaster Service Workers during the health emergency.

During the COVID-19 emergency, early care and education providers were severely impacted by the initial shutdown and the re-opening requirements that reduced the number of children allowable in cohorts and the need to increase staffing to support smaller group sizes. Programs were also impacted by lower enrollment and the inability to sustain employees who were often without child care themselves. During the past several months, many licensed family child care programs closed and many others are near closure. The estimated loss of revenue for City-funded early care and education centers and family child care programs in San Francisco between mid-march and June 30, 2020 due to COVID-19 was approximately $21.8M.

The legislation tasks the Office of Early Care and Education to administer the grant and loan program. The Department will also develop the application and selection process in the coming months. The grants and loans would be offered between $5,000 to $25,000. The amount of each grant and loan will be determined by the Office of Early Care and Education.

“San Francisco’s economic recovery depends on the health of our child care system. We have a one-time opportunity to provide a lifeline to early care and education providers who are at the brink of closure. If we keep losing providers, San Francisco’s existing child care shortage crisis will be exacerbated leaving more families without care triggering a disastrous domino effect on the local economy, which is already bleeding out. We need to stabilize this entire industry and invest systemically so that we can save existing child care slots and eventually build up the universal child care system that we envisioned would be the first of its kind around the nation,” stated Supervisor Norman Yee, President of the Board of Supervisors.

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California child care system collapsing under COVID-19, Berkeley report says

Author: Edward Lempinen
Date: July 22, 2020
Publication: Berkeley News

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a devastating economic and human impact on California child care centers, forcing hundreds of them to close while others remain open at the risk of illness to both children and staff, according to a new report from the University of California, Berkeley.

Among more than 950 preschools and in-home sites surveyed by the campus’s Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE), fully 25% are closed. Among those that remain open, enrollments have plunged, and many owners are going into debt to keep their centers open for families who depend on continued child care, said the report released today (Wednesday, July 22).

“As a result of the pandemic, in California and in the whole country, we can see that child care is critically important to our economy and to parents who have to work,” said Lea Austin, CSCCE executive director. “But as child care collapses, so many other parts of our economy will be at risk.”

Bay Area Hispano Institute for Advancement Inc. (BAHIA) is a bilingual child development center founded in 1975 in West Berkeley. It has been closed since March, and executive director Beatriz Leyva-Cutler knows how such a loss can hurt her community.

If these closures multiply, Leyva-Cutler said, “low-income families will be the hardest hit. If the parents have to work outside the home, and without child care, they risk losing their jobs, which means more risk of hunger and homelessness.

“It also means that child care workers themselves face rising insecurity,” she added. “Our centers and our child care workers are essential to the economy, but the state and federal government have only scratched the surface to meet their needs. It feels like we’re invisible.”

SF Mayor Breed, supervisors agree on business tax overhaul — would free money for homeless

Author: Dominic Fracassa
Date: July 21, 2020
Publication: San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Mayor London Breed and the Board of Supervisors have reached an agreement to bring a unified business-tax reform measure to voters on the November ballot.

If the measure passes — it needs only a simple majority vote — San Francisco would be able to unlock hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue that’s been collected, but remains off-limits and unspent because of ongoing legal disputes. They announced the deal on Tuesday.

The announcement puts a formal end to weeks of closed-door negotiations between Breed’s administration and the board that centered on how quickly to raise tax rates and and for what industries.

It was a conversation shaded in large part by the nearly $2 billion hole in the city budget caused by the COVID-19 pandemic that officials must confront. Breed sought to go easier on certain sectors that have been among the hardest hit by the shattered economy…

Read more here.

Creation of a new program to support Family Child Care (FCC) educators

Contact: Mayor’s Office of Communications,

Date: June 5, 2020

Publication: PRESS RELEASE

San Francisco, CA — Mayor London N. Breed, Board of Supervisors President Norman Yee,
and Supervisor Ahsha Safaí today announced the creation of a new program to support Family
Child Care (FCC) educators. FCCs provide child care for children ages 0 to 12 and are a vital
resource for families, particularly in communities with a high need for early care and education
but with limited child care resources. Like most small businesses in San Francisco, many child
care providers are struggling financially due to COVID-19.
The Office of Early Care and Education (OECE) will use $1 million in funding from the
Give2SF COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund to create a Family Child Care Emergency
Operating Grant program. The program will provide up to 150 FCCs with funding they can use
to cover operating expenses such as staff retention, rent or mortgage, taxes, insurance, utilities,
and any other expenses related to typical program operations. The grant program will focus on
supporting child care operators who are not eligible or do not have access to many of the funding
resources available to other business sectors.

“As we move forward on our gradual reopening of the economy, we know that we need
affordable, high-quality childcare options so people can get back to work and know that their
kids are safe,” said Mayor Breed. “Unfortunately, many child care operators are struggling right
now and are at a risk of closing. This grant program will help these small businesses remain open
and provide much-needed early care and education for our city’s families, especially families
who live in parts of the City where there aren’t as many child care options.”

“Family Child Care is the backbone support system for our city’s youngest learners.
San Francisco and our families cannot afford to have Family Child Care programs close,” said
Supervisor Norman Yee. “These providers are predominantly women and women of color and
COVID has devastated this industry. Give2SF funding is critical to help support these small
businesses and the families and children they serve.”

Read the full press release here.

Supervisors Safai and Yee Urge State and Federal investments to prevent closure of early care centers and Family Child Care small businesses

Author: Monica Chinchilla, Erica Maybaum
Date: May 12, 2020
Publication: PRESS RELEASE

SAN FRANCISCO, CA –Supervisor Safai and Supervisor Yee will jointly introduce resolutions urging State and local investments in early care and ECE Issues Luncheon 5/13/16education. Supervisor Safai’s resolution urges Governor Gavin Newsom to immediately release the $350 million dollars already received from the CARES Act to provide urgent support

to family child care providers to prevent permanent closure and to support for families negatively impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Supervisor Yee’s resolution supports the House of Representatives call for $100 Billion in relief funding for child care in the next COVID-19 relief package

The San Francisco Office of Early Care and Education and SF Children’s Council estimate a  $73,698,200 loss of revenue from March 16 – June 30 due to the shelter in place. In addition, a recent survey of 2000 providers conducted by UC Berkeley’s Center for the Study of Childcare Employment found that 63% of programs that are open would not survive another month of sheltering-in-place, absent financial assistance from the government. Advocates estimate that this recession will have an even more dramatic impact than the 2009 recession where the San Francisco Bay Area permanently lost 10%- 40% of home-based child care businesses.

The Federal investment would be $50 billion for a short-term stabilization fund, and another $50 billion for long-term recovery funding to aid students, families, and providers. “Our early care educators have always been essential and we should treat them that way.  The State and Federal Government need to do more. We cannot afford to lose our family child care providers – these are small businesses run primarily by women and women of color,” said Supervisor Norman Yee, “They were already hurting before the health crisis and we need to support them now more than ever. Child care is the backbone of a thriving economy.”  “Early care and education is critical in preparing our children for a life of successful learning,” said Supervisor Safai,“If we lose this valuable workforce as a result of this crisis, our City will be dramatically impacted. Families cannot return to work if there are no early care centers open to serve them.”

“This crisis has demonstrated the critical value of early care and education in meeting both the immediate and future needs of our country,” said Director of Early Care and Education Ingrid Mezquita,“Policymakers must commit to maintaining and strengthening our early care and education infrastructure for the essential-worker families who need it now during this public health emergency, and for every parent needing to return safely to work in the near future.”

“The $350 million is essential to maintaining child care in San Francisco through the pandemic,” said Gina Fromer, CEO of Children’s Council of San Francisco, “San Francisco’s economic recovery depends on the workforce’s access to childcare.”

Early care advocates are concerned this vital support will not be released until July, and many fear that may be too late.

Read the direct proposal from Yee here.

Walters: California’s two-thirds vote requirement issue gets cloudier

Authors: Dan Walters
Date: September 12th, 2019
Publication: The Mercury News

Last year, the theory was put to the test in San Francisco when members of the city’s governing body, its Board of Supervisors, personally sponsored two tax increase initiatives, one for the June election and another in November, both listed on the ballot as “Proposition C.”

The June measure, a tax on commercial rents to finance early childhood education and child care services, received 51 percent voter support. The November proposal, a tax on businesses to finance services and housing for the homeless, garnered 61 percent voter support.

With both votes below two-thirds, opponents of the measures sued, contending that they were invalid, but in July, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ethan Schulman, citing the Upland decision, validated both taxes.

Last week, however, a Superior Court judge in Fresno had a different take. Judge Kimberly Gaab ruled that a 2018 initiative measure raising sales taxes to improve Fresno’s city parks failed because it needed a two-thirds voter supermajority but received just 52.2 percent.

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Judge upholds legality of SF tax measures funding childcare, homelessness services

Authors: Laura Waxmann
Date: July 5, 2019
Publication: SF Examiner

A San Francisco judge has rejected a legal challenge against tax measures passed by voters last year that will raise millions for childcare and early education and for homelessness services.

Business and anti-tax groups sued to block a tax on commercial rents, approved by 51 percent of San Francisco voters in June of 2018, that is expected to raise upwards of $145 million annually for childcare and early education services and salary increases for educators in the field.

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Judge says SF correct in passing two tax measures on simple majority vote

Authors: Dominic Fracassa
Date: July 5, 2019
Publication: SF Chronicle

A San Francisco judge ruled Friday that city officials did not break the law when they allowed two ballot measures that raised business taxes to pass last year with a simple-majority vote.

The rulings mark a major development in what’s likely to be an ongoing legal fight to unlock as much as $500 million in annual tax revenue for San Francisco. It’s a dispute that could reshape the ways local governments pass new taxes in California….

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Read court documents and judgements

Want to see for yourself what papers have been filed, or ruling made in the case against Prop C for ECE?
Here is a link to the SF Superior Court online site where the briefs and rulings can be found. Prove you’re not a robot and then enter the name of the case as it it shown here:  “Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assn. v. City and County of San Francisco” or the case number, “CGC-18-568657.”

Judge could rule soon on SF’s taxes for homeless services and childcare

Authors: Dominic Fracassa
Date: July 3, 2019
Publication: SF Chronicle

“Did San Francisco break the law when voters passed a series of tax measures last year to fund early childhood education, homelessness services and teacher pay raises?

That was the $500 million question up for debate Wednesday in a San Francisco Superior courtroom.”

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Anti-tax groups fight homelessness, childcare ballot measures in court hearing

Authors: Laura Waxmann
Date: July 3, 2019
Publication: SF Examiner

“A San Francisco judge is expected to rule this week on the legality of two tax measures passed in the last year that together stand to generate more than $500 million annually for housing, homelessness and early education services.

A commercial rent tax funding early childcare and education services received 51 percent voter approval in the June 2018 election, while a gross receipts tax initiative funding homeless and housing services passed with 61 percent approval in November.”

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Newly Elected Governor Supports Expanding Early Childhood Programs

Authors: Katie Hamm, Cristina Novoa, and Steven Jessen-Howard
Date: November 7, 2018
Publication: The Center for American Progress

“While many states are still finalizing the vote counts, it is clear that Americans elected 20 new governors and re-elected 16 incumbent governors last night. Many of these elected leaders ran on a platform of expanding child care and early education programs. This should not come as a surprise: A recent poll of likely voters found that majorities of Republicans, Democrats, and independents all support additional funding for early childhood policies.”

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Child care, preschool remain hard to find, and stark gaps exist in California

Author: Bruce Fuller and Karen Manship
Date: July 25, 2018
Publication: UC Berkeley News

Berkeley Early Childhood Think Tank and American Institute of Research logos“The new analysis ­— Achieving Fair Access to Early Education ­— takes an unprecedented look at pre-k enrollment rates statewide, along with disparities in supply across regions and among local communities (zip codes). It was conducted by researchers at American Institutes of Research (AIR) and UC Berkeley.

“California has shown discernible progress in widening access to preschool for 4-year-olds,” said Karen Manship, principal researcher at AIR and lead author of the study. Over two-thirds attended preschool in 2016, the most recent year with complete data. Almost 70 percent of children from low-income families gained access to local centers.

“But pre-k remains painfully scarce for families with 3-year-olds across California,” Manship said. Just over one-third (34 percent) of the state’s 3-year-olds attend preschool statewide, far below other states nationwide. “And only one in eight infants and toddlers are in licensed care arrangements.””

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Can start-up companies profit off one of the lowest paid professions: home-based child care?

Author: Rachel M. Cohen
Date: May 2, 2019
Publication: Hechinger Report

SAN FRANCISCO — Meredith Bunyard, 34, always knew she wanted to run her own preschool. The San Francisco resident graduated from nearby Mills College in May 2018 with a master’s degree in early childhood education, and today she is getting her dream off the ground with the help of a new child care services company called Wonderschool.

Wonderschool is one of a recent crop of child care startups that aim to make it easier to open and operate home child care businesses and easier for parents to find those businesses once they launch. The idea is to assist child care providers with their bookkeeping, licensing, marketing and curriculum offerings, all generally for a 10 percent cut of the revenue. All Wonderschool providers sign a two-year contract; those who opt not to renew their contract still owe Wonderschool a year’s worth of fees for each child the company helped them recruit.

The companies’ pitch to potential home-based child care providers? Avoid high real estate costs of running a preschool center by doing it in your home. We’ll help you with the business and marketing side of things and show you how to write off nearly all your business expenses. And we’ll help you seamlessly fill your open slots with new children.

It’s not yet clear this model will work, as none of the companies championing it are more than a few years old. Moreover, child care is a low-revenue business with tight profit margins, which raises the question of whether these businesses can really make money while helping providers earn more.

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Measures to fund child care reach the ballot in two California counties

Author: Carolyn Jones
Date: March 25, 2018
Publication: EdSource

“Voters in Alameda and San Francisco counties will have a chance on June 5 to approve tax measures funding ambitious childcare programs that organizers say would provide enough subsidies for all low- and middle-income families who need them.

The two measures would each raise more than $140 million annually to expand existing childcare programs, boost the educational quality of those programs and increase the pay of childcare workers. The goal is to help parents go back to work after the birth of a child and improve children’s readiness for kindergarten.”

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Why child care costs more than college tuition – and how to make it more affordable

Author: Taryn Morrissey
Date: March 9, 2018
Publication: The Conversation

A teaching assistant helps a child with glue at Redwood Early Learning Center in North Little Rock, Arkansas.
Photo by Danny Johnston/AP

“Amid the continually rising cost of tuition, the idea of free college has received growing attention over the past few years. For instance, from 2014 to 2017, 35 states took up 80 bills related to free college.

Early care and education has also received attention, but it could be given more, especially when you consider how child care for infants costs more than tuition at four-year public colleges in 28 states and the District of Columbia. Similarly, child care for 4-year-olds costs more than public college tuition in 15 states and the District of Columbia.

The reality is that child care in America is expensive and out of reach for many families. Whether center-based or family child care, the average cost of child care nationally exceeds US$8,600 per year.”

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SF City Hall rivals seek leverage in dueling ballot measures

Author: Rachel Swan
Date: March 1, 2018
Publication: SF Chronicle

“One group wants to build housing. The other wants to provide child care for all families in San Francisco. Both want to shake money out of the pockets of the city’s biggest landlords.

But the duel between two tax measures — one from the city’s moderates, one from its progressives — is really about two factions of City Hall trying to knock each other down.”

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Where Does Your Child Care Dollar Go?

Author: Simon Workman
Date: February 14, 2018
Publication: Center for American Progress

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“Understanding the true cost of high-quality child care is an important step in building support for a public investment in early childhood education.

Across the United States, it is not unusual for child care tuition to be the first- or second-largest household expense for families, costing more than mortgage or rent. Many parents feel justifiably overwhelmed as they begin their child care search. Not only are parents faced with limited options, long waitlists, and a lack of information about programs, but they also are hit with a steep price tag, which in many cases is more than the cost of in-state tuition at a public college.

Meanwhile, early childhood teachers are some of the lowest-paid professionals; nearly 40 percent of child care teachers rely on public assistance at some point in their careers. Early childhood programs themselves also operate on tight budgets. Most are small, independent businesses that are left to rely on in-kind support or philanthropic contributions to stay afloat.

If child care teachers are paid so little and early childhood programs are struggling to make ends meet, many parents are justifiably left asking the question: Why does child care cost so much?”

Read the full report here, and build your own child care with their corresponding interactive here.

Trump’s Attack on Immigrants Is Breaking the Backbone of America’s Child Care System

Author: Leila Schochet
Date: February 5, 2018
Publication: Center for American Progress

“If Congress pulls the Dream Act, I would lose seven staff members. It’s huge.”

Nancy is the director of a rural Midwestern Head Start center. Like many people across the country, she is concerned about the fate of nearly 800,000 young immigrants protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative. Nancy’s Head Start program employs seven teachers who are protected by DACA. She worries about how her program will continue to operate if she loses those teachers.”

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Why Are Our Most Important Teachers Paid the Least?

Kejo Kelly in the playground of Springfield Arbors, now called Bright Futures.
Photo by Natalie Keyssar for The New York Times

Author: Jeneen InterlandiDate: January 9, 2018
Publication: The New York Times

“To an outsider, it was tough to say which of the children’s behaviors were normal for 3- and 4-year-olds and which were signs of bigger issues. Increasingly, classrooms like the one over which Kelly presides are being eyed by social scientists and policymakers as both the place where problems emerge and the safety net that stands the best chance of addressing them. Preschool is often thought of as mere babysitting. But a growing body of research suggests that when done right, it can be much more than that. An effective early-education program can level the playing field for low-income black and Hispanic students relative to their white or wealthier counterparts, so much so that gaps in language comprehension and numeracy can often disappear by the start of kindergarten. And according to at least two longitudinal studies, the very best programs can produce effects that reach far beyond those early years, increasing the rates of high-school completion and college attendance among participants and reducing the incidence of teenage parenthood, welfare dependence and arrests.”

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San Francisco Ballot Measure Aims To Increase Childcare Subsidies

Date: January 8, 2018
Publication: CBS SF Bay Area

“Supervisors Jane Kim and Norman Yee Monday announced a ballot measure that would finance the expansion of childcare subsidies with an increase in the city’s gross receipts tax. The measure, which is expected to appear on the same June 5 ballot as a hotly contested mayoral election and the District 8 supervisorial race, would raise the city’s commercial gross receipts tax by 3.5 percent, according to Kim.

That increase would provide more than $100 million in annual revenue, an amount that would allow the city to eliminate a waiting list of around 2,400 families for subsidized childcare, expand the number of available spaces for working and middle class families and increase the pay for the lowest wage childcare workers. The measure is intended to help keep working and middle class families in the city.”

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Childcare subsidies measure announced to make it on SF's June ballot

Date: January 8, 2018
Publication: Fox KTVU

“Supervisors Jane Kim and Norman Yee today announced a ballot
measure that would finance the expansion of childcare subsidies with an increase in the city’s gross receipts tax.

The measure, which is expected to appear on the same June 5 ballot as a hotly contested mayoral election and the District 8 supervisorial race, would raise the city’s commercial gross receipts tax by 3.5 percent, according to Kim.”

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