Care Workers Can’t Wait: Recognition Month & Inaugural Care Summit

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In March, the Biden-Harris Administration announced a White House Proclamation declaring April as Care Workers Recognition Month to celebrate and highlight the critical contributions of care workers and caregivers across the nation and emphasize the growing demand for a robust care infrastructure for our future.

ACTIONS ACROSS GOVERNMENT

In front of a crowd of care workers, organizers, national advocates, and labor leaders, President Biden signed an Executive Order on April 18th that includes 50 directives for federal agencies to redouble their efforts to support care workers and make care easier to access.  ECFC Executive Director, Shannon Rudisill, and RCCF Director, Rachel Schumacher and several Raising Child Care Fund (RCCF) grantees  were there to witness this historic event.

The President made remarks about the importance of the care economy and need to for public investments like were included in the Biden-Harris Budget plan being considered in Congress.  Watch a recording of the Rose Garden signing.

The Executive Order requires HHS to take steps to reduce the burden of family copayments, increase payments to child care providers, and increase pay and benefits for Head Start teachers.  The Department of Education will strengthen the Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) program.  The Department of Labor will publish a sample employment agreement for in-home care workers.

INAUGURAL CARE WORKERS CAN’T WAIT SUMMIT

In an unprecedented show of unity of workers and leaders across the care economy, the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), SEIU, AFL-CIO, AFT, AFSCME, Community Change, MomsRising, Care in Action, and Care Can’t Wait gathered in Washington, D.C. for the first ever Care Workers Can’t Wait Summit on April 18th and 19th to sound the alarm and point the way forward.  Four Raising Child Care Fund (RCCF) grantee partners were part of the Summit program: ISAIAH (MN), Mothering Justice (MI), OLÉ (NM) and Rattle the Windows/Moms Rising (WV).

Some organizers shared the stage with Senators and Congresswomen who are leading the charge in Washington on behalf of the Care economy. For example, Mothering Justice child care organizer, Toyja Bridges, introduced Congresswoman Debbie Dingell from Michigan, and took part in a panel discussion on the main stage.

Rattle the Windows was proud to have a parent, Meghan Hullinger, provide a statement on stage about child care challenges in West Virginia.

Two RCCF partners ran breakout sessions for fellow care workers and organizers. ISAIAH presented on planning for the Day Without Child Care May 8th and gave a shout out to RCCF for our pass through support for communications work. The panel leaders included Child Care Changemakers from CA, IN, and PA.

RCCF is proud of our partners’ work elevating the voices of parents and providers on the national stage, in addition to their states and communities.

Photo credit: National Domestic Workers Alliance, Care Workers Can't Wait Summit

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