Our next SFCCPA Community Meeting, Monday evening, November 26 brings highlights of the NAEYC conference home. Kaile Thomas, SFCCPA board member, and Director of San Francisco Family Support Network, Safe & Sound, will present on the role of teacher as researcher and Voices of Practitioners. Join us just after your Thanksgiving break. Details and registration here and below.
Prop C (June) – ECE for All Updates
While the legal suit against the ECE for All legislation is underway, the Child Care Planning and Advisory Council (CPAC) and the Office of Early Care & Education (OECE) continue to move planning forward. They are collaborating on two AdHoc committees to take a deep look at implementation planning: one focused on workforce compensation, the other on expanding ECE capacity. Additionally, the OECE will be convening opportunities for broad community participation over the next nine months. See dates below.
As the SFCCPA director, and CPAC member, I am working actively with the AdHocs to plan the implementation of June’s Proposition C, ECE for All. I appreciate your participation and input to create structures and funding allocations that best support your work. If you have ideas to share or want to be part of the planning, and can’t make the meetings listed below, email me: email@example.com.
ECE and Equity — to be highlighted at SFCCPA’s ECE Issues Event, January 25
In addition to planning, it is important for our community, educators and families with young children, to actively make clear to our broader community and legislators what a critical issue access to quality child care is — for our community’s children, women, families and the community itself. Women with young children are the fastest growing population without stable homes. Women’s hourly pay inequity is exacerbated by their years out of the paid workforce providing care and education for free — lifetime earnings are far below the hourly pay equity gap between men and women.
Further, paid work providing care and cognitive support to seniors, or care and education to especially young children, but children of all ages is genderized and paid far less than the value provided. We need to be a vocal and active part of connecting these issues so that when housing is named as a priority issue, we clearly communicate that access to housing for women, and families with young children, depend on access to child care and education and pay equity for all who work to provide care and education.
Save the date! On Friday, January 25, SFCCPA’s ECE Issues Event Lea Austin, of the Center for Study of the Child Care Employment will address the impact of pay equity issues in the early care & education field, and early care educators will highlight the important work we do to local legislators — making sure all, but especially our five new San Francisco supervisors fully support increased funding for ECE. Don’t miss this opportunity to speak with your legislators. Do you have a story highlighting the importance of our work, or the impact of the educator staffing crisis? Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
See below for meeting and event details, City College classes, upcoming conferences, and articles and research on low wages for educators — ECE and K12, as well as strategies and actions to make change for and by educators, including the SF Supervisor’s passage of the Minimum Compensation Ordinance amendment raising wages for low-income non-profit workers.
Best wishes for time with family and friends,
Sara Hicks-Kilday, Director
San Francisco Child Care Providers’ Association