September 2019 Featured Member Agency
, formerly Child Care Links, is a well-respected social service agency which has, for over 40 years, provided a wide range of services and support for the youngest, most vulnerable residents in Alameda County. Nearly all of the families we serve are living in poverty and it is our mission to provide them with the support and the resources they need to break the cycle of poverty.
Hively serves as a valuable partner to the Alameda County Department of Social Services and the California Department of Education, and these partnerships are integral to strengthening and supporting County and State efforts to meet the needs of its most vulnerable children and families. Families of every configuration are referred to or seek out services at Hively for help navigating the complex realities of raising children. With an agency focus on finding and supporting the best care and support for children, Hively is uniquely positioned to provide the support these families need and provide them with the services necessary to achieve the best possible and least restrictive outcomes for their children.
Human Response Network's 28th Annual Children's Festival
This year, our agency held its 28th Annual Children's Festival.
It is held each year the Saturday following Mother's Day in Weaverville, CA.
The Festival runs from 11:00am-3:00pm and is a free event.
Agencies from all over Trinity County and some from Redding, come and bring an activity for children to do and information for parents and guardians.
There are all kinds of activities from Smokey Bear, to climbing in Ambulances and Sheriff's boats, to face painting, drawing and all kinds of games.
There is also a place for live entertainment. This ranges from children playing their violin's to high school students playing guitar's and singing, to adults playing guitars and inviting children to sing along with them.
The Trinity High School BBQ club barbecues for us. Lunch includes a hot dog or hamburger, sun chips, apples and a drink available for $2.
The Children's Festival is an activity that everyone all across the county looks forward to each year.
The last few years we have had an attendance of around 500 people.
We have grown from a few booths with activities, to having over 35 booths and renting inflatable slides for the children to use.
One of the great outcomes is the people who volunteer at each booth also walk around and learn what other people and programs have available to help children and families in our community.
This helps form strong relationships in our community.
We have started the planning process for our 29th annual Children's Festival which will be Saturday May 23, 2020.
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CAPPA Member Only Benefits
CAPPA Member Benefits now available on the Members Only website:
Just added to the Member's only website are two AP 101 webinars on Enrollment;
Enrolling Clients into the CalWORKs Program
Welcome to the Alternative Payment Program
2018-19 Board of Directors
Child Development Associates
Valley Oak Children's Services
Child Care Resource Center
Supportive Services Fresno
Mexican American Opportunity Foundation
Crystal Stairs, Inc.
Public Policy Co-Chair
Children's Council San Francisco
Choices for Children
YMCA Childcare Resource Service
Family Resource & Referral of San Joaquin County
Napa County Office of Education
Siskiyou Child Care Council
Central Valley Children's Services Network
San Mateo 4Cs
Children's Resource & Referral of Santa Barbara County
Glenn County Office of Education
Denyne Micheletti Colburn
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Colusa County Office of Education
Solano Family and Children's Services
International Institute Los Angeles
Children's Council San Francisco
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September 13th was the last day for any bill to pass through the Legislature this year. The members will now be on interim recess until Monday January 6, 2020. The Governor has until October 13th to sign or veto bills.
For all, while legislators are back in their districts, please make it a priority to educate them about your programs, families and children served, ideas for better delivery of services, etc.
While on recess, informational hearings may be scheduled throughout the state that may be of interest.
Monday, September 30, 2019
- Wednesday, October 2, 2019
- Monday, October 7, 2019
- SEN Select Committee on Student Success (Glazer, Chair) 1:00pm CSU Dominguez Hills
to see all of the legislation identified of interest to our field.
Below are a couple high profile bills pending action by Governor Newsom:
As legislation is signed, we will report it out to you as part of our Monday Morning Update. If you would like to track the bills that Governor Newsom has taken action, updates can be found by
to see calendar of field events/interests and legislative hearings and deadlines. If you would like something added to the field calendar,
and submit details.
of the Week!
SB 687 - Senator Susan Rubio
AB 58 -
Assemblymember Luz Rivas
Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council
Sen. Susan Rubio - "
Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation by Sen. Susan Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) that adds a higher education representative to a state homeless program to advocate for college and university students who are homeless.
SB 687 will increase
the effectiveness and diversity of the state's efforts to address California's homelessness crisis by adding a representative of the public higher education system to the Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council.
"The homeless population in higher education is increasing, and we need to find new ways to craft the best approach to help these students," Sen. Rubio said. "This adds a critical voice to the conversation."
California has more people experiencing homelessness than any other state in the nation. According to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development's 2017 annual homelessness report, in January 2017, California has approximately 134,000 homeless individuals, which represented about 24% of the total homeless population in the nation.
One of the largest segments of the state's homeless population is homeless college and university students. A 2019 report by the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice found that 19 percent of community college students in California faced homelessness in the past year. Research in 2018 also found that 10.9 percent of California State University students reported homelessness in the past 12 months. Additionally, the University of California system found 5 percent of their students faced homelessness in the past 12 months in 2017."
Asm. Luz Rivas - "As California's housing shortage intensifies, its homeless popula
on continues to surge. Particularly troubling is the rise in student homelessness. Currently, Califo
rnia leads the nation in terms of youth homelessness, with more than 200,000 public school students being identified as homeless by the CDE. Rivas states this is evident in her district, where many schools, including Telfair Elementary where she attended, report very high percentages of student homelessness. The adverse impact that housing instability has on academic performance and graduation rates is well documented. If homeless students are not given the support they need to obtain stable housing, the cycle of under-education, unemployment, and homelessness is likely to continue to grow. This bill would ensure that those who work directly with homeless students are given a seat at the table by requiring the Governor to appoint a representative from the CDE to the HCFC.
Office of the Governor - "Building Off Historic Investment & Action to Help Cities and Counties Tackle Homelessness, Governor Newsom Signs Series of Bills Addressing Homelessness"
Governor Gavin Newsom signed a package of bills to confront the national crisis of homelessness and assist city and county governments by removing regulatory barriers to fight homelessness. The bills build on the historic $1 billion investment made in the budget, and new legal authority that make it easier for cities and counties to build emergency shelters.
The Governor signed legislation that provides a CEQA exemption for supportive housing and shelters in the City of Los Angeles. The new laws announced today will also give Alameda County, Orange County, the cities within those counties, and San Jose, the ability to expedite the construction of emergency shelters upon declaring a shelter crisis.
"Homelessness is a national emergency that demands more than just words, it demands action," said Governor Newsom. "State government is now doing more than ever before to help local governments fight homelessness, expand proven programs and speed up rehousing. And just this month, the Legislature passed the strongest package of statewide renter and anti-eviction protections in the country - a top priority for this Administration that will protect Californians from unfair evictions and rent gouging that have contributed to this crisis."
"I am pleased to sign these bills that give local governments even more tools to confront this crisis," added Governor Newsom.
Link to full press release.
The Governor's 2019-2020 budget included:
- $650 million to local governments for homelessness emergency aid,
- $120 million for expanded Whole Person Care services,
- $150 million for strategies to address the shortage of mental health professionals in the public mental health system,
- $25 million for Supplemental Security Income advocacy,
- $40 million for student rapid rehousing and basic needs initiatives for students in the University of California and California State University systems,
- $20 million in legal assistance for eviction prevention,
- Over $400 million to increase grants to families in the CalWORKs program,
- Budget more than doubles the investment in the Cal-EITC Working Families Tax Credit to $1 billion, which will increase the number of participating households from 2 million to 3 million, lifting some out of poverty.
The Governor signed the following bills into law:
- AB 58 (Rivas) - This bill requires the Governor to appoint a representative from the California Department of Education (CDE) to the Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council. Under the federal McKinney-Vento Act, which is implemented by CDE, schools are the first points of contact to identify, interface with, and assist homeless students and their families.
- AB 139 (Quirk-Silva) - This bill updates the requirements of local governments' housing plans to address the needs of the homeless crisis, specifically by changing the criterion for assessing the need for emergency shelters and housing to a regional level, and requiring that to be accounted for as part of the Housing Element of a city or county's General Plan.
- AB 143 (Quirk-Silva) - This bill adds Alameda County, Orange County, all of the cities within those counties, and the City of San Jose to the list of jurisdictions authorized to declare a shelter crisis, which permits the suspension of state health, planning and zoning, and safety standards; those jurisdictions must then adopt a local ordinance for the design and operation of homeless shelters, which must be approved by HCD. The bill also requires these jurisdictions to develop plans to address the shelter crisis, including how to transition residents from homeless shelters to permanent supportive housing.
- AB 728 (Santiago) - Previous legislation gave counties the authority to create Multidisciplinary Personnel Teams (MDTs) for homeless adults and families to facilitate the expedited identification, assessment, and linkage of homeless individuals to housing and supportive services, and allow provider agencies to share confidential information for those purposes to ensure continuity of care. This bill creates a five-year pilot program in the following counties (Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Clara and Ventura) to expand the scope of an MDR to include serving individuals who are at risk of homelessness. The program would sunset on January 1, 2025.
- AB 761 (Nazarian) - This bill allows, at the sole discretion of the Adjutant General (TAG), the use of any armory deemed vacant by the California Military Department throughout the year by the county or city in which the armory is located for the purpose of providing temporary shelter from hazardous weather conditions for homeless persons.
- AB 1188 (Gabriel) - This bill creates a legal framework allowing a tenant, with the written approval of the owner or landlord, to take in a person who is at risk of homelessness. It includes a number of protections for both the landlord and tenant, including the ability for the tenant to remove the person at risk of homelessness on short notice.
- AB 1197 (Santiago) - This bill provides a CEQA exemption for supportive housing and shelters in the City of Los Angeles.
- AB 1235 (Chu) - This bill renames the runaway and homeless youth shelters run by the Department of Social Services as "youth homelessness and prevention centers," expands the categories of youth for which the centers are required to provide services to also include youth at risk of homelessness and youth exhibiting status offender behavior, and expands the time a youth can stay in the center from 21 to 90 days.
- AB 1745 (Kalra) - Earlier legislation authorized San Jose to build and operate emergency bridge housing for the homeless during a declared shelter crisis, and required that each person housed in the bridge housing be placed in an affordable housing unit. This bill extends the sunset date from January 1, 2022 to January 1, 2025, for San Jose to meet these obligations.
- SB 211 (Beall) - This bill authorizes Caltrans to lease its property to local governments for the purpose of an emergency shelter or feeding program for $1 per month plus administrative fees.
- SB 450 (Umberg) - This bill provides a CEQA exemption until January 2025 for hotels converted to supportive housing.
- SB 687 (Rubio) - This bill requires the Governor to appoint a representative of the state public higher education system to the Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council.
- SB 744 (Caballero) - This bill provides a CEQA exemption for supportive housing and No Place Like Home projects.
2019-20 State Budget Information
- Appropriations Update - As you all know, last week, there was a lot of movement on appropriations, with the Senate releasing its FY 2020 Labor-Health Human Services-Education bill written to low allocation levels. This bill shows that CCDBG would only receive a $25 million increase and Head Start would only receive a $50 million increase, which is wholly unacceptable given the needs in these programs. ( See NWLC press release here on the bill if you're interested.)
Because the federal fiscal year ends on Monday, Sept 30th, lawmakers are pivoting to a short-term continuing resolution, which would keep programs funded at current levels through November 21. The House passed the CR last week and the Senate passed it earlier today.
Earlier reporting from this week
indicates that the White House also wants a stopgap funding measure to keep the government open. What this means is that agreement between the House and Senate is being pushing further into the fall, and the two sides will likely have to come together in October and November to reach agreement on overall allocations for the bills as well as the specifics of funding levels.
What this means is that we have an additional opportunity to push forward our message on CCDBG and Head Start in the coming weeks, particularly when members of Congress are scheduled to be home again in the next two weeks. This is an important opportunity to highlight the increases we want to see in CCDBG and Head Start by getting them into child care providers & Head Starts so they can witness firsthand the impact of this funding on children, families, and early educators. It's also an important time to be getting the word out in media and with other state partners.
Attached are some updated talking points that may be useful in your advocacy, as well as a list of helpful resources, coalition template letters, and template actions alerts you can use. Please let us know if there is other information, documents, etc that we can help you with and stay tuned for future updates!
2. Child Nutrition Updates - Last week, Senator Casey introduced the "Access to Healthy Foods for Young Children Act," which NWLC is proud to endorse. This bill would strengthen the CACFP program and help millions of children in child care access healthy, nutritious food. It also directs USDA to reduce unnecessary paperwork resulting from federal & state regulations and recordkeeping requirements, making it easier for child care providers and parents. Check out a summary here from our partners at FRAC. Organizations that would like to endorse can do so here .
3. New Report from NWLC & MS Black Women's Roundtable on Pathway to Gender Justice
The National Women's Law Center and the Mississippi Black Women's Roundtable are excited to announce the release of a new report:
Women Driving Change: A Pathway to a Better Mississippi.
This report highlights key obstacles women and girls-and Black women and girls, in particular-face in Mississippi that demand policymakers' attention. The report
sets out a forward-thinking agenda that puts Mississippi's women and girls on the pathway to achieving gender equity and justice.
4. New CAP Brief on Home Visiting - CAP just released a new issue brief
How Universal Home Visiting Models Can Support Newborns and Their Families.
Universal home visiting models have positive impacts on communities by serving all families with newborns and connecting those in need with more supports, like child care or nutritional assistance. In this brief, they feature Family Connects in Durham, NC, a promising, evidence-based, universally available family support program delivered by nurses right in families' homes. Universal home visiting programs like Family Connects improve infant health and family wellbeing outcomes.
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Network and CAPPA Joint Annual Conference 2019
October 2-4, 2019
DoubleTree Hotel Sacramento
The California Child Care Resource & Referral Network and the California Alternative Payment Program Association look forward to hosting our 7th Joint Conference together this fall.
The California Resource & Referral Network (Network) and the California Alternative Payment Program Association (CAPPA) have joined together to, plan, develop and deliver the Joint 2019 Annual Conference.
This conference provides a unique opportunity for staff to come together to discuss and share common issues, successes and challenges as well as time for each of us to get to know our colleagues and renew friendships. This conference is different from the variety of meetings and conferences related to our work, for this conference is by, for, and about the work we do in R&R and APP.
This year's Annual Conference includes a variety of workshops to meet the needs of staff working with parents; staff providing training and technical assistance to child care providers; program staff-supervisors; managers and directors.
Regional Technical Assistance Trainings-Fall 2019
October 29, 2019- Weed (Siskiyou County)
Siskiyou Child Care Council
170 Boles Street
Weed, CA 96094
Hosted by Siskiyou Child Care Council
November 4, 2019- Los Angeles
5110 W. Goldleaf Circle, Suite 150
Los Angeles, CA 90056
Hosted by Crystal Stairs, Inc.
November 13, 2019- Concord (Contra Costa County)
1035 Detroit Avenue, Suite 200
Concord, CA 94518
Hosted by CocoKids
November 18, 2019- Fresno
Central Valley Children's Services Network (CVCSN)
1911 N. Helm Ave
Fresno, CA 93727
Hosted by Central Valley Children's Services Network (CVCSN)
CAPPA member agencies, with the support of CAPPA & Children's Foundation, have put together a series of Informational and Networking Sessions that will be coming to a region near you!
This series will offer a variety of Hot topics for the field and ALL staff are encouraged to attend.
If you would like to add any topics to the agenda, please let us know!
Best Practices Session (10:00am-11:45am):
- Discussion on Unpredictable and Intermittent Income
- Review of Variable Work Schedules
- Review of Broadly Consistent
- Clarifications on Continuity of Care
- Conversation on 12-Month Regulations:
The 12-Month Eligibility Regulations are nearing the end of the comment period. The next draft of the regulations are anticipated to be out by these TAs.
CAPPA Legislative Update (12:15pm-1:00pm)
During this portion of the agenda, we will discuss CAPPA's Legislative Proposals for 2020.
Peer-to-Peer Networking Session
This portion of the agenda will allow attendees to share their successful strategies, tools and ideas.
to add your logo to the growing list above.
Closing the Opportunity Gap: How Positive Outlier Districts in California Are Pursuing Equitable Access to Deeper Learning
In California's Positive Outliers: Districts Beating the Odds LPI researchers identified more than a hundred California school districts in which students across racial/ethnic groups are outperforming similar students in other districts on new math and reading assessments that measure higher order thinking and performance skills. Many of these districts also are closing the gap on a range of other outcomes, including graduation rates.
That first study used a quantitative analysis to identify factors that appear to distinguish these "positive outlier" school districts-those in which African American, Latino/a, and White students achieved at higher-than-predicted levels, controlling for their socioeconomic status. It found that, controlling for student and district characteristics, the most important in-school factors were the qualifications of teachers-in particular having fewer teachers on emergency permits and substandard credentials and more with greater years of experience.
A deeper probe of district strategies in seven "positive outlier" districts that vary by demographics and geography (Chula Vista Elementary School District, Clovis Unified School District, Gridley Unified School District, Hawthorne School District, Long Beach Unified School District, San Diego Unified School District, and Sanger Unified School District) reveals several commonalities:
- a widely shared, well-enacted vision that prioritizes learning for every child;
- continuous leadership from instructionally engaged leaders;
- strategies for hiring, supporting, and retaining a strong, stable educator workforce;
- collaborative professional learning that builds collective instructional capacity;
- a deliberate, developmental approach to instructional change;
- curriculum, instruction, and assessment focused on deeper learning for students and adults;
- use of evidence to inform teaching and learning in a process of continuous improvement;
- systemic supports for students' academic, social, and emotional needs; and
- engagement of families and communities.
These factors allowed the successful districts to leverage the significant changes the state made to its education system over the last decade. Among other things, California adopted new standards for English language arts, mathematics, and science that focus on building students' skills in analysis, inquiry, and problem solving. It has also shifted to assessments that better measure these skills, requiring greater depth of knowledge and more thoughtful application of skills than earlier assessments.
Poverty levels in schools key determinant of achievement gaps, not racial or ethnic composition, study finds
hile racial and ethnic segregation in the nation's schools is strongly correlated with gaps in academic achievement, the income level of students' families in a school rather than
its racial or ethnic composition
account for those gaps, according to
a new study.
The study, based on massive amounts of data from schools attended by nearly all of the nation's black and Hispanic students, was conducted by Sean Reardon, a professor at Stanford University's Graduate School of Education, and other researchers from Stanford, Pennsylvania State University and St. John's University in New York City.
Achievement gaps among black, Hispanic and white students, the study found, is "completely accounted for" by the poverty level of students in a school, as measured by the percentage of students who qualify for free and reduced priced meals.
"While racial segregation is important, it's not the race of one's classmates that matters," the researchers concluded in the study released today. "It's the fact that in America today, racial segregation brings with it very unequal concentrations of students in high and low poverty schools."
"Differences in exposure to poverty may be more important for the development of achievement gaps than differences in exposure to minority students," they state. The study looked at student test performance in math and English language arts between the 3rd and 8th grade.
The study looked at what it called de facto segregation in schools, districts and metropolitan areas across the United States with high concentrations of black and Hispanic students, in contrast to the de jure segregation that occurred in many parts of the United States, especially in the American South, as a result of official laws or ordinances barring access to schools based on race.
SJ's Kay Ruhstaller appointed to state Early Childhood Education Policy Council
Kay Ruhstaller, executive director of the Family Resource and Referral Center, has been appointed to represent San Joaquin County and the Central Valley on the Early Childhood Education Policy Council at the state level.
Ruhstaller was one of four appointments from the Senate Rules Committee and took her oath of office on Sept. 17 at the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors' office.
Ruhstaller, through the Policy Council, will advise Gov. Gavin Newsom, the Legislature and Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond on statewide early learning and child care policy. Her tenure will conclude in September 2022.
The 27 member-council consists of stakeholder representation reflecting the comprehensive child care system; representing the ethnic, racial, and language diversity of the state, and geographic diversity and those communities separated from opportunity due to poverty, racial bias, language, geographic isolation, disability, and other factors.
"For me, this is the opportunity of a lifetime in our field ... to be a voice for the Valley," Ruhstaller said in a statement.
For the past 16 years, Ruhstaller has served as executive director for the FRRC, which works to connect thousands of San Joaquin County families to valuable resources such as child care and early learning opportunities.
Additionally, she has been a commissioner for First 5 San Joaquin, Children and Families Commission since 2009 and served as the public policy chairwoman for the statewide California Child Care Resource Referral Network for six years, officials said.
The Policy Council will provide counsel on some early childhood bills, including providing subsidized preschool and childcare to more children, increasing pay for child care providers and preschool teachers and helping teachers get more professional development and training.
Gillian Murphy, president of the board of directors said, "We know Kay always gives her very best and we absolutely know the county and Valley will have a wonderfully strong voice and advocate at the state level."
Do you know of a child care program that experienced an emergency? If so, please tell us about it. We are often asked to share stories on Capitol Hill or with other decision makers about how child care programs have been impacted by emergencies so we need your help!
We are always collecting child care emergency preparation, response, and recovery stories so submit a story anytime. We are also interested in hearing about the short-term and long-term impact so any follow up details that can be shared are welcomed as well. We appreciate your help!
The problem: Many child care programs serve families whose native language is different than the provider's. Communication on routine matters can be problematic, so how can providers share information with families on more complicated issues like early brain development or toxic stress?
One solution: The translation library at The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University.
The Center has translated many of its videos and materials on early childhood development into other languages such as Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Urdu, Bulgarian, Arabic and Japanese. Providers and families can access these for free on the Center's
Toxic Stress Derails Healthy DevelopmentThe resources available in multiple languages include:
- Experiences Build Brain Architecture
- Serve & Return Interaction Shapes Brain Circuitry
- In Brief: The Science of Early Childhood Development
SF officials blast federal proposal that could kick millions off food stamps
San Francisco city officials have joined elected leaders across the country - including mayors, governors and congressional delegations from several states - in condemning a proposed policy shift by the Trump administration that could purge millions of people nationwide from the federal food-stamp program.
Mayor London Breed and City Attorney Dennis Herrera sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Monday calling the agency's proposed rule change "misguided, cruel and harmful." The proposal, if enacted, would deprive more than 3,200 low-income San Francisco households of critical food assistance. Breed and Herrera urged the agency to "withdraw the proposed rule in its entirety." The agency received just under 80,000 comments on the proposal, some of which praised the rule change.
"Taking food from hardworking families is a new low for an administration that cuts taxes for billionaires," Herrera said in a statement. "If this rule takes effect, families won't be able to put enough food on the table. They'll also have less money for other necessities, like health care and housing."
The Department of Agriculture published the proposed rule change in late July. It would, the department said, close a "loophole" in the law that extends food-stamp benefits to households that don't need it.
Poverty in America has long-lasting, destructive consequences on children
Even critics who think that poverty results from a defective character concede that poor children, all 13m of them in America today, are not to blame for their plight. But as soon as they reach the age of 18, many of those children will become poor adults who will then be unceremoniously deemed culpable for their predicament. By the official statistics, nearly one in six American children is poor. By the spm, which takes benefits and cost of living into account, things look only a bit better: just over one in six is poor. They are concentrated in clusters across every state in America. They are found in depressed areas like Cleveland, where half of children live below the federal poverty line, rural South Dakota and central Appalachia. They are also found among immense prosperity-the children living in the Bronx or of the service workers who drive three hours each way to do menial jobs in San Francisco.
This American tragedy is an ignored one. Poor children neither vote nor hire lobbyists. It is also morally senseless, punishing children for the sins or misfortunes of their parents. It is economically pointless, too. Poor children who grow up to be poor adults have not just reduced incomes, but shorter lives and a higher risk of criminality. The safety net, although important, does less to blunt poverty in children than in adults.
How a lack of good, inexpensive day care rocked one woman's career
In her 10 years as a mother, Kimberly Maple has seen her paychecks shrink from about $15 an hour to $9 an hour.
There's a reason for that - day care costs.
Caring for her three children has turned Maple's resume into a bouncing ball. The 36-year-old has worked in sales and bill collection. She's been in customer support, teaching and nursing too.
But the self-professed "jack of all trades" from Monck's Corner, S.C., is done with the chase for the next gig. "I just want a job that has benefits, and I never have to be in this position again."
Back in the mid-2000s, Maple had a job she loved working for Comcast
. It started as customer support and turned into a sales position. Maple earned about $15 an hour, had benefits and bonuses on her sales. The 20-minute commute was easy and she enjoyed talking to customers. "I loved my job," she said.
Then she had her daughter in 2009.
Childcare workers make less than Amazon delivery drivers, on average
early childhood educators
do incredibly important work. Parents and children need these workers, they are vital to families and our economy. And they are woefully underpaid.
On average, nannies in the United States make less than Amazon delivery drivers, and day care workers earn less than either.
Saul Zaentz Early Education Initiative at the Harvard Graduate School of Education Announces Finalists for its 2019 Innovation Challenge