The Nation: Victories on Minimum Wage and Child Care Went Unnoticed After Election Day
(November 23, 2016) The starkest insult to women during the election season wasn’t the torrent of crass misogyny at the podium; rather, it was how little the supposedly “populist” campaign politics ignored the hardships burdening half the population. But women did win something on Election Day, when given opportunities to bypass the hateful blather and invoke direct democracy on key minimum-wage and child-care policies. Read More
Hub Post-Election Highlights Memo
2016 Election Lifts Child Care and Pre-K for All (November 10, 2016). View/Download Here
Slate: State and Local Elections Offer Some Hope for Women and Working Parents
Voters in Arizona, Colorado, Maine and Washington State all passed initiatives to raise the minimum wage. The first three states approved measures that will raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2020; in Washington it will gradually increase to $13.50 over the same time period. Washington and Maine also expanded access to paid sick leave. In Washington, workers will be eligible for up to 6.5 sick days over the course of the year, depending on how much they work. In Arizona, employees will be able to accrue up to five days a year. Currently, only five other states and thirty-three other cities have paid sick leave policies, which cover around 12.5 million Americans. More here
Huffington Post: 2 Ohio Cities Vote To Expand Preschool Access
Voters in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio, have approved tax increases that would expand income-based subsidies for early childhood education. The Cincinnati ballot measure, Issue 44, received nearly 62 percent of the vote, and the Dayton referendum, Issue 9, enjoyed the support of almost 56 percent of city voters on Tuesday. Read More
Huffington Post: 2 Ohio Cities To Vote on Expanding Early Childhood Education
Voters in the midsize Ohio cities of Cincinnati and Dayton will decide on Tuesday whether to raise taxes to expand access to early childhood education.
The two ballot initiatives, along with a business tax increase on the ballot in Oregon, reflect growing political momentum behind increasing access to preschool through local and state-level policymaking. Read More
Pre-Election News Release
Child Care & Preschool Expansion Big Issues in 2016 Election (November 7, 2016) View/Download Here
Editorial Board Memo
Races to Watch: Preschool Ballot Initiatives in Ohio (November 4, 2016) View/Download Here
Online Petition – Sign Today, Spread the Word!
The Hub is leading a national online petition drive to demand that the presidential candidates support affordable, accessible, high-quality child care and pre-k for all families! The petition is co-sponsored by a powerful collection of national organizations, including: American Federation of Teachers, Center for American Progress Within Reach Campaign, Center for Community Change, Center for Popular Democracy, Child Care Aware of America, Child Care and Early Learning Action Hub, Every Child Matters, Make It Work, MomsRising, National Women’s Law Center, Service Employees International Union, Young Invincibles. Click here to sign the petition.
Time Magazine Story on Child Care and the Elections
The Ohio preschool ballot initiatives and local events across the country by Hub state partners get attention in this comprehensive piece on the child care crisis. Read the story here.
Huffington Post Op-Ed: Ohio’s Preschool Battlegrounds
Hub executive director Ethan Rome wrote an opinion piece in the Huffington Post that highlighted November ballot initiatives to expand preschool to thousands of children in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio.
Michigan United Protests for More Child Care Funding
Activists took their fight to the state capitol. Check out the TV coverage here.
CHILD CARE ELECTION DAY PUSH
(October 2, 2016): A number of groups, including the Center for American Progress, the American Federation of Teachers and the National Women’s Law Center, have teamed up to make child care affordability a top priority this Election Day. They’ve formed a coalition called Stand with Families. The groups are holding events, town hall meetings and promoting a petition that calls on Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to fight for “universal, high-quality, affordable, accessible and flexible child care and pre-K education for all families.” The petition also includes a demand to pay “educators and providers of all types what they are worth.” They’re also advocating for ballot initiatives in several cities and states that would lead to policy changes. For example, a $7.93 million levy on the ballot in Cincinnati would generate about $48 million a year, a portion of which would broaden access to preschool programs. More here.
Read the related press release: Leading Advocacy, Labor, Women’s Rights Groups Launch Initiative to Address National Child Care Crisis.
Associated Press – Cincinnati Ballot Initiative Gets National Coverage
A ballot measure in Cincinnati calls for a new tax levy to expand access to preschool education, and one of its goals is to boost pay for preschool workers, many of them women of color earning wages that barely support their families. In Ohio, preschool teachers earned an average of $23,690 a year in 2014.
Among the organizers working for the measure is Elizabeth Hopkins, 31, an African-American mother of children aged 1 and 3.“It saddens me, that the jobs these women have keep them in poverty,” Hopkins said. “These are the most important positions. They’re the ones tending to our children.”
Progress Illinois – Advocacy Coalition Presses Presidential Candidates On Child Care Affordability
As the 2016 election season kicks into high gear, a new nationwide advocacy campaign aims to amplify the need for more affordable child care and preschool.
The Stand with Families initiative, led by a coalition of labor, women’s rights and other organizations, has created an online petition and is planning a series of events to draw attention and propose solutions to the nation’s “child care crisis.” Read more.
Hub executive director Ethan Rome wrote an opinion piece in the Huffington Post about what’s wrong with Donald Trump’s child care proposal and how we can fund affordable, high-quality child care and pre-K for all. Read more.
Child care providers attend Fight for $15 convention in Richmond, VA – push for economic and racial justice
Nearly 300 child care providers and their supporters from across the country traveled to Richmond, VA late last week to join thousands of underpaid working people at the Fight for $15 convention. Read more.
Progress in Oregon!
Family Forward Oregon (FFO) and Family Forward Action (FFA) have partnered with SEIU Local 503 to build CareWorks Oregon, a campaign to win game-changing public investments in care in 2017 and beyond. FFA is working together to organize child care, home care and other paid care providers alongside parents, consumers and unpaid family caregivers. FFA are developing an agenda to increase public spending on child care, home care services, and supports for unpaid family caregivers, with an additional focus on improving working conditions for those working in the care economy. This effort reflects a long-term, successful partnership between SEIU and FFA. The shared vision for CareWorks Oregon is to grow public investments in care work in order to improve the affordability of care as well as the status of care workers. While the efforts to invest more heavily in the care economy is long-term, this year they have a unique opportunity to raise and spend potential new state revenue. Local unions and progressive allies have qualified IP 28 for Oregon’s 2016 ballot – a measure that would increase corporate tax rates and lead to a $5.3 billion per biennium increase in state revenue. Read about it here.
Cincinnati Puts Pre-K Vote On November Ballot!
Cincinnati Public Schools and Preschool Promise have agreed on a joint revenue-based ballot initiative this fall that is expected to raise $15 million annually for a targeted pre-K program with free tuition children for families at 200% of the Federal Poverty Line and below. This is a huge victory and step forward for the Amos Project’s campaign to create a universal pre-school and an expanded early learning and care program that gives all families equal access, ensures living wages, and is built with parent and educator input, alignment with community learning center schools program and promotes racial justice.
This measure builds on AMOS’ successful campaign to ban suspensions and expulsions for all children in pre-K to grade three that disproportionately punish children of color by keeping them out of school. AMOS is committed to working with the Cincinnati Federation of Teachers (CFT) and other partners to make sure this levy is but step one in a longer term plan to fully fund high quality preschool and childcare in the city that insures that every childcare job is a great job and that every child has a great start.
Op-Ed on Clinton proposal
Hub executive director Ethan Rome wrote an opinion piece in the Huffington Post that highlighted Hillary Clinton’s new child care plan, especially the proposal to cap child care expenses to 10% of family income and raise wages for providers and educators.
Worthy Wage Day
The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) led the charge promoting Worthy Wage Day in the first week of May through both traditional media and an aggressive digital media program.
Pre-K Event with Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenny
The Hub partnered with American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and Center for American Progress’s (CAP) Within Reach Campaign to organize a news conference with the mayor to highlight the city’s significant pre-K expansion initiative and call on the presidential candidates to offer comprehensive proposals to address America’s child care and early education crisis.
Print and online coverage included Teacher’s union, ‘WithinReach’ back Kenney’s universal pre-K proposal, Metro Philly, and three television stories: WTXF-PHI (FOX), KYW-PHI (CBS), WPVI-PHI (ABC)
EPI Releases Major New Child Care Report
At the beginning of April, the Hub worked with SEIU’s Child Care Fight For $15 to amplify the release of a new study from the Economic Policy Institute calling for significant investments in national early child care and education. We partnered with the Connecticut Working Families Party for a successful event in Hartford featuring Rep. Rosa DeLauro, held a press conference with parents and providers in Pittsburgh with local partner One Pittsburgh, hosted an event with local partner OLÉ featuring State Senator Linda Lopez, providers and parents in Albuquerque, and had actions in Cincinnati and St. Paul, in addition to supporting an aggressive national social media push.
A few sample press clips: Childcare workers demand higher wages, affordable child care, WFSB CBS 3, Hartford, CT; Senator: Study reaffirms need to fund early education, Santa Fe New Mexican; New Mexico parents, educators say childcare is too expensive, KRQE News 13.