Legislation has passed that gives child care providers, who receive CCAP funding, the right to vote to form a union. A union has not been formed yet, and a union will only be formed if enough cards are collected to trigger an election and if a majority of voters vote "yes" in the election. For more information, visit our FAQ page by clicking the link above or call 651-450-4990 or 1-800-652-9791
Keeping Child Care Affordable for Parents
Home-based family providers are the most affordable option for working parents. The cost of center-based care in Minnesota is the second highest in the nation, higher than the average mortgage, and higher than what a parent would pay to send their child to a public college. The cost difference between home-based care and center-based care is astounding. The average annual cost for center-based care is $6,000 more for an infant and $3,500 more for a 4-year old.
Improving Care for Children
Home-based, family providers can help the children in their care be ready for kindergarten and success in life. Study after study proves early childhood education is one of the best investments the state can make. The Minneapolis Federal Reserve study says every $1 invested in early education for a child delivers up to $16 in returns during that child’s lifetime. Benefits include higher rates of high school and college graduation, better paying jobs, lower crime rates, lower medical costs, and less use of public assistance.
Lifting the Profession for Family Providers
Family providers are responsible for making sure each child in their care is healthy, learning and safe. When the kids finally go home, they spend countless hours planning curriculum, shopping, preparing meals, cleaning up, and dealing with all the challenges of running a small business. That’s why they deserve the opportunity to join together in a union. Through peer mentoring, professional training and legislative advocacy, a child care union provider can get the support she needs to run her business and maintain her license.
Family child-care providers would gain collective bargaining rights under bills introduced in the Minnesota House and Senate. The legislation continues the seven-year quest by individual, home-based providers to combine their strengths in order to lift their profession, improve care for children, and stabilize costs for parents. Read more …
Mary Albert: Planting the Seeds of Hope
Thank These Legislators for Stepping Up and Supporting Our Right to Form a Union.
We want to thank these legislators for stepping up and doing the right thing to support our right to form a union. Organizing to lift the profession for family providers, improving the care for our children, and keeping child care affordable for parents is our goal. These legislators are giving us a chance to voice these issues and let us decide on organizing a union.