Tell Your Legislators TODAY to Pass Emergency COVID-19 Response for California Childcares - CQEL
Please sign this critical letter from CQEL to your representatives to support California childcares, who provide care to families through the the COVID-19 pandemic .
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As California struggles to deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Newsom and California legislators must take swift action to ensure private/community child care centers who are supporting first responders and other essential jobs with child care receive financial support so we can continue to do what we can to support the community.
So far, you have passed legislation to hold our K-12 and public preschools intact financially as we shelter in place to slow the spread of COVID-19.
What you have not addressed are the needs of the private childcare enters who are struggling to keep their doors open. We provide nearly 80% of California childcare.
We provide the care for children of essential public workers, who are fighting the pandemic and allowing our society to keep functioning. These are healthcare workers, police, fire, and other critical workers who must go to work.
We cannot wait for help, we demand help now.
We are proposing that private/community-based child cares/preschools be included in the stop-gap initiatives, the same support that is propping up the public school system.
Many of us continue to come to work and risk our health to care for community children. We ask that we be shown the same support and respect as K-12 and public education professionals.
We need this support TODAY:
- Funding of $500MM to help cover the day-to-day expenses of running a child care under the new COVID-19 safety requirements to maintain small group sizes and keep separate these groups and staff at all times.
- $10MM in sanitation supplies to cover the cost of sanitizing our centers.
- Sufficient PPE equipment to ensure the safety of staff.