As you know, on Friday, October 8, Governor Schwarzenegger signed the state budget and used his blue pencil to jeopardize the economic stability and lives of over 81,000 children in California by vetoing all state funding for Stage 3 child care. Our county is home to 1,619 of these children.
These are the families who have succeeded in difficult times to obtain and retain jobs and provide for their families. With the loss of the only remaining financial assistance that they have, child care subsidies, many parents stand to lose their jobs or worse, leave their vulnerable children home alone unsupervised.
Speaker John Perez and Senate Pro-Tem Darrell Steinberg have vowed together to bring forward legislation in early December to restore funding. We applaud these efforts and ask that you join us and the children and families of California in the fight to restore Stage 3 funding.
The Campaign to Save Child Care is planning a vigil on Thursday, November 4. The first names, ages, and county of residence for every affected child will be read at the State Capital. Volunteers are needed to read names. If you are available, please consider providing a voice for the 1,619 San Joaquin County children who will lose child care on October 31. More information about the vigil can be found here.
It is up to all of us to make it known that the elimination of child care assistance for working families is unacceptable. You can take action by doing any of the following:
Child Care Provider Letter
Community Supporter Letter
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Christina Figueroa – 209.461.2619
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