Child care providers and parents are coming together behind an Assembly Bill that would allow family childcare providers to negotiate collectively with the state.
Dozens rallied and visited with legislators at the Capitol today in support of the the bill authored by Democrat Anthony Rendon of Lakewood.
Among them, Kristina Acevedo - a Sacramento mother of four whose first three children completed early-learning programs.
'When I went to enroll my youngest child into early education, there were no slots available and it was way too expensive for me to enroll her into a private program,' says Acevedo.
She says the Quality Family Child Care Act will give her youngest child the same opportunities as her siblings. 'They had a ton of confidence when it came to things like English and mathematics and just curiosity to know more - particularly on those topics,' Acevedo says.
The bill cleared the Assembly and all Senate committees last summer, but has yet to be taken up by the full Senate.
Supporters hope their efforts at the Capitol will re-energize the effort.