While over 4,000 family providers in Connecticut care for children in our own homes, more than 1,000 licensed providers have left the profession in the last decade. That has created a crisis for thousands of working families who deserve affordable, convenient options for their children’s early education needs.
For years, family child care providers had no voice in decisions that affect our work, our kids, or our communities. But by working together, we are changing that. In 2005, early education professionals, advocates, community activists, and religious leaders joined with providers to begin a process to make improvements.
In 2007, child care providers worked with CSEA – SEIU to urge elected officials to support legislation that would empower us to negotiate working conditions with the state. While it did not pass, four years later we advocated for an expanded bill that would also create a much needed public agency to implement and monitor early education standards.
When lawmakers failed to act, providers and our allies moved Governor Dannel P. Malloy in September 2011 to sign an executive order creating a path forward to raise standards. It begins the process of empowering us with a voice so we can advocate for the quality child care services thousands of families depend on.