This week, California’s Legislature has been pursuing emergency legislation to respond rapidly to the COVID-19 crisis. On March 16th, Governor Newsom provided them with the requisite declaration, enabling them to act on a bill in spite of it not being in print for at least 72 hours. The Legislature amended AB 117 with new language in order to provide relief and assurance for school districts across a host of issues impacted by the current COVID-19 situation.
Under SB 234, large family daycare homes that provide care to up to 14 children will receive the same exemptions under local neighborhood zoning and permitting laws that small family daycare homes now enjoy. State senator Nancy Skinner noted, “Quality, licensed childcare provided by a nearby neighbor is something every working parent deserves. SB 234 helps ensure that more childcare homes are available to the working families who need it.”
This week Governor Newsom signed AB378, which gives childcare providers working in home settings the right to join a union and collectively bargain with the state. The bill covers licensed family child care and license-exempt providers who are caring for a child receiving a child care subsidy.
The California legislature is holding hearings on Assembly Bill 378, which would allow early childhood workers to join a union and participate in collective bargaining. There is broad support for more funding for subsidized child care in California, including for increasing child care provider salaries. The debate is largely about whether unionization is the best vehicle for accomplishing these goals.