On January 19th, CDA was one of 38 organizations statewide that participated in the End Child Poverty and Child Care in California Advocacy Day, a one-voice campaign that focused on educating legislators, staff, and stakeholders about the critical needs of our most fragile of Californians.
Collectively, we connected with over 25 legislative offices addressing issues around hunger relief, affordability of care, mental health access, infrastructure expansion, and operational costs. We shared the important work our Nutrition and Alternative Payment Program have done, as well as our success stories lifting up children, families, and child care providers.
Additionally, we shared the shortfall of resources and increased cost of living/cost of business, and the need for additional funding to support our work at CDA. We highlighted how despite the tremendous challenges child care providers are facing to keep their business open, they have been resilient and have continued to serve the community.
Similarly, we addressed the concerns of families not being able to find child care due to the impact of COVID-19 and child care deserts.
This event kicked off our advocacy work for 2022 and is part of our mission to support and encourage children, families, and childcare providers!