Eight other legislatures—Connecticut, Massachusetts, Illinois, Washington, Oregon, Maryland, New Mexico, and New Jersey—have extended bargaining rights to family child care providers. In working out agreements in their states, providers have focused on raising quality, streamlining parent paperwork, and reducing or eliminating waiting lists.
Connecticut providers have now chosen their negotiating team members and are reviewing providers’ ideas in preparation to bargain their first agreement. Massachusetts providers have already begun meeting with the Department of Early Education and Care to expand family provider participation in the Quality Rating and Improvement System and negotiate their first contract.
Five months after providers won a voice in Massachusetts, Governor Deval Patrick proposed a budget to eliminate Massachusetts’ child care subsidy waiting list and provide universal access to child care and early learning.