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Resolutions & Amendments

38th International Convention - San Francisco, CA (2008)

Supporting Quality, Affordable and Safe Child Care

Resolution No. 73
38th International Convention
Moscone West
July 28 - August 1, 2008
San Francisco, CA

AFSCME represents 200,000 child care workers and child care home providers and has a huge stake in the growing child care industry across the nation; and

The need of low-income families, either single-parent or two-parent, to have the necessity for safe, quality and affordable child care has risen dramatically. This industry is growing exponentially as parents are forced to work longer hours and there is a decrease in extended families providing such services; and

Child care has become a growing industry in the nation and in New York City alone, the early care and education sector of the economy generates $1.9 billion, which includes parent fees, government subsidies and industry support paid by the government; and

The child care industry must be recognized as a vital economic engine that is necessary and an integral part of the social infrastructure that keeps the nation working by enabling parents to work and in many places provides social and educational structures for the nation’s infants, toddlers and children; and

The child care industry supports local and national economies, relieves parents of burdensome concerns about their children and offers children a safe haven from being home alone or with unqualified care; and

The federal Child Care and Development Block Grant exists to aid low-income parents to afford quality, affordable and safe child care by providing a subsidy to child care providers and organizations. But the appropriations for the CCDBG have not increased in five years, a substantial cut when adjusted for inflation. More than 250,000 children have lost federal assistance since 2000. President Bush has proposed freezing mandatory CCDBG funding at $2.917 billion. Without increased funding, states will have to restrict eligibility for child care assistance; increase costs to parents for child care and not increase wages for organized and unorganized child care workers and home providers.

That AFSCME calls for an increase of $874 million for the Child Care and Development Block Grant in the fiscal year 2008 Labor-HHS Appropriations bill. This funding would restore the program to 2002 inflation-adjusted funding levels and provide assistance to families who have lost benefits after years of flat funding; and

That AFSCME continues to increase its organizing efforts and its resources across the nation to organize child care workers in this expanding and vital industry by providing affiliates with the research, training and the means to carry out organizing campaigns in local areas; and

That AFSCME promotes its organized child care workers as models for the industry to promote this union as the national leader in organizing child care workers and home providers.
SUBMITTED BY: Dolores Dow, Delegate
AFSCME Local 205, Council 1707
New York
Betty Powell, President and Delegate
Carolyn Cox, Vice President and Delegate