Parent Voices Oakland

Parent Voices Oakland Parent Voices is a parent run parent-led grassroots community based organization that fights for accessible, quality child care for all families.
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In the 1970’s, as increasingly more women entered the workforce, affordable quality child care was scarce. Activist parents took the initiative to organize and push for change. In the San Francisco Bay Area, parents like Patty Siegel and Arlyce Currie worked with other parents to establish organizations such as the Child Care Switchboard and BANANAS - organizations specifically designed to refer p

In the 1970’s, as increasingly more women entered the workforce, affordable quality child care was scarce. Activist parents took the initiative to organize and push for change. In the San Francisco Bay Area, parents like Patty Siegel and Arlyce Currie worked with other parents to establish organizations such as the Child Care Switchboard and BANANAS - organizations specifically designed to refer p

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We are thrilled to announce our first in-person event since March 2020. 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉Don't miss our Parent Justice Canvassing Ki...
08/26/2021

We are thrilled to announce our first in-person event since March 2020. 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉

Don't miss our Parent Justice Canvassing Kickoff this Saturday!

Date: Saturday, August 28, 2021
Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Doyle Hollis Park (1327 62nd St, Emeryville, CA)

RSVP here! https://tinyurl.com/arpcsakickoff2021

Strict COVID-19 safety protocol will be in place! Please do your part and wear a mask 😷

We know that families were under incredible strain prior to COVID-19, and the pandemic only increased stress, worry, and fear about the futures of our families and communities. Alameda County is determining where and how American Rescue Plan Act funding will be allocated, and Parent Voices Oakland knows that deeply impacted families must drive the way recovery aid is prioritized and distributed. We know from too many reports about the impacts of COVID-19 that Black, Indigenous, and immigrant communities in crisis have been disproportionately and disparately impacted during the pandemic, and we want to engage the hardest hit communities to share information, encourage action with Board of Supervisors to address family struggles, and learn more about specific systemic stressors that keep families from thriving within the places they call home.

Join Parent Voices Oakland as we share information in Supervisor Keith Carson's West Oakland/Emeryville residents and hear about what THEY need to recover from COVID-19 pandemic effects.

⚡️Parent Power Action Meeting⚡️ is back this Saturday and it's an important one. We're talking mental health care for ou...
08/03/2021

⚡️Parent Power Action Meeting⚡️ is back this Saturday and it's an important one. We're talking mental health care for our kids in the wake of Covid-19. The pandemic has been traumatic for us all and it's critical our kids have access to the supports they need.

Join us for a Zoom meeting to connect and BUILD POWER.
RSVP here and an organizer will send you the Zoom link: http://tinyurl.com/parentpowerzoom

⚡️Parent Power Action Meeting⚡️ is back this Saturday and it's an important one. We're talking mental health care for our kids in the wake of Covid-19. The pandemic has been traumatic for us all and it's critical our kids have access to the supports they need.

Join us for a Zoom meeting to connect and BUILD POWER.
RSVP here and an organizer will send you the Zoom link: http://tinyurl.com/parentpowerzoom

Learn more about this super important work happening to get support for everyone in our communities impacted by COVID-19...
07/29/2021

Learn more about this super important work happening to get support for everyone in our communities impacted by COVID-19! #safe4all

⚡️Parent Power Action Meeting⚡️ is back this Saturday! Join us for a Zoom meeting to connect and BUILD POWER.RSVP here a...
07/23/2021

⚡️Parent Power Action Meeting⚡️ is back this Saturday! Join us for a Zoom meeting to connect and BUILD POWER.
RSVP here and an organizer will send you the Zoom link: http://tinyurl.com/parentpowerzoom

⚡️Parent Power Action Meeting⚡️ is back this Saturday! Join us for a Zoom meeting to connect and BUILD POWER.
RSVP here and an organizer will send you the Zoom link: http://tinyurl.com/parentpowerzoom

Payments from the expanded child tax credit started hitting bank accounts on yesterday. Did you get yours? Learn more ab...
07/16/2021
7 Things You Didn’t Know About the Best New Tax Benefit for Families - Change Wire

Payments from the expanded child tax credit started hitting bank accounts on yesterday. Did you get yours? Learn more about this incredible new benefit from families with young children.

#ChildTaxCredit #endchildpoverty #ChildCareForAll

Payments from the expanded child tax credit will start hitting bank accounts on July 15. Here’s everything you need to know. As part of pandemic recovery efforts, the American Rescue […]

✨The ACECPC Annual Parent Policy Forum is this weekend!✨Saturday June 12, 1 pm. RSVP before June 12th at 10 am: https://...
06/08/2021

✨The ACECPC Annual Parent Policy Forum is this weekend!✨

Saturday June 12, 1 pm. RSVP before June 12th at 10 am: https://tinyurl.com/parentforum2021

Alameda County will be receiving an estimated $ 324 million dollars over the next two years in COVID recovery money from the State and Federal government. It is critical that a significant portion of the $ 324 mi goes to child care access, and other services that families need. We asked community to weigh in on where this money should go, so join us to hear goals for incoming American Relief Plan Dollars and take action to ensure families get the support they need! :: Alameda County will receive an estimated $ 324 millions of dollars over the next two years in state and federal government COVID recovery money. It is vital that a significant portion of the $ 324 million go to access to child care and other services families need. We asked the community to evaluate where this money should go, so join us to hear the goals for US dollars from the Relief Plan and take steps to ensure families get the support they need!

✨The ACECPC Annual Parent Policy Forum is this weekend!✨

Saturday June 12, 1 pm. RSVP before June 12th at 10 am: https://tinyurl.com/parentforum2021

Alameda County will be receiving an estimated $ 324 million dollars over the next two years in COVID recovery money from the State and Federal government. It is critical that a significant portion of the $ 324 mi goes to child care access, and other services that families need. We asked community to weigh in on where this money should go, so join us to hear goals for incoming American Relief Plan Dollars and take action to ensure families get the support they need! :: Alameda County will receive an estimated $ 324 millions of dollars over the next two years in state and federal government COVID recovery money. It is vital that a significant portion of the $ 324 million go to access to child care and other services families need. We asked the community to evaluate where this money should go, so join us to hear the goals for US dollars from the Relief Plan and take steps to ensure families get the support they need!

PVO Staff has been out at Lake Merritt collecting surveys and talking about priorities with parents.Have you taken the s...
06/07/2021

PVO Staff has been out at Lake Merritt collecting surveys and talking about priorities with parents.

Have you taken the survey yet? Can you share it with Alameda County Parents in your networks?

$320 MILLION dollars is coming to Alameda County through the American Rescue Plan and we're determined to make sure parents and child care providers get their piece of the 🥧

We want to know YOUR priorities and ideas about where that money is needed the most. Take the survey here:

English: https://tinyurl.com/pvospring21survey
Spanish: https://tinyurl.com/sppvospring21survey

PVO Staff has been out at Lake Merritt collecting surveys and talking about priorities with parents.

Have you taken the survey yet? Can you share it with Alameda County Parents in your networks?

$320 MILLION dollars is coming to Alameda County through the American Rescue Plan and we're determined to make sure parents and child care providers get their piece of the 🥧

We want to know YOUR priorities and ideas about where that money is needed the most. Take the survey here:

English: https://tinyurl.com/pvospring21survey
Spanish: https://tinyurl.com/sppvospring21survey

📢URGENT: $320 MILLION dollars is coming to Alameda County through the Community Rescue Plan and we're determined to make...
06/04/2021

📢URGENT: $320 MILLION dollars is coming to Alameda County through the Community Rescue Plan and we're determined to make sure parents and child care providers get their piece of the 🥧!

Meet us Saturday 6/4 from 10-12 @ the Lake Merritt pillars off of Embarcadero.

Please wear a mask or we'll have one for you 😷 We recognize that Covid is still a threat to our communities and will follow recommended safety protocol to keep everyone healthy and safe.

📢URGENT: $320 MILLION dollars is coming to Alameda County through the Community Rescue Plan and we're determined to make sure parents and child care providers get their piece of the 🥧!

Meet us Saturday 6/4 from 10-12 @ the Lake Merritt pillars off of Embarcadero.

Please wear a mask or we'll have one for you 😷 We recognize that Covid is still a threat to our communities and will follow recommended safety protocol to keep everyone healthy and safe.

It's been a monumental week for some of PVO's strongest youth leaders! 🎓🗞Julia, Daoud, and Stephanie: we are so proud of...
06/02/2021

It's been a monumental week for some of PVO's strongest youth leaders! 🎓🗞

Julia, Daoud, and Stephanie: we are so proud of you! You've consistently been such a joy to have in our programs over the years and we've missed seeing you regularly. You each are brilliant, resilient, and the bright and shining future we fight for.

Congratulations to you all and the rest of the Class of 2021. Keep on persevering.

It's been a monumental week for some of PVO's strongest youth leaders! 🎓🗞

Julia, Daoud, and Stephanie: we are so proud of you! You've consistently been such a joy to have in our programs over the years and we've missed seeing you regularly. You each are brilliant, resilient, and the bright and shining future we fight for.

Congratulations to you all and the rest of the Class of 2021. Keep on persevering.

Not to be missed! Mental health is consistently one of the issues facing families brought up at nearly every Parent Powe...
06/01/2021
We Take Care Of Us: A Deep Dive Into The Movement to Decriminalize Mental Health & Skin Color — Regional Virtual Summit

Not to be missed! Mental health is consistently one of the issues facing families brought up at nearly every Parent Power meeting. Join our friends at Anti Police-Terror Project virtually Thursday, June 03 from 12-3 pm to hear and learn from local leaders and participate in workshops on topics such as:

• Mental Health First: learn about APTP’s cutting-edge community response program in Oakland and Sacramento, and how you can build a similar program in your community without waiting for the state.
• MACRO: how organizers can work with cities to find solutions.
What is CAHOOTS? Learn about the Oregon model that everyone’s talking about!
• First responders: a case study in how community can prevent police murder and keep each other safe.
• The movement to defund the sheriff and decriminalize mental health in Alameda County
• How police became the answer to every social ill and what we must do to end that practice
• And more!

Come spend the day with the people who are powering the movement to decriminalize mental health and create a world without cops and cages in Northern California and beyond. Learn about current efforts to provide compassion and care to those in crisis, not a badge and a gun. We don’t need police because #WeTakeCareOfUs.

Join us on June 3rd for our first virtual regional summit, We Take Care Of Us: A Deep Dive Into The Movement to Decriminalize Mental Health & Skin Color. We’ll spend an inspiring afternoon learning about how to build replicable and sustainable alternatives to police and prisons for mental heal...

The Annual ACECPC Parent Policy Forum: Saturday, June 12th, 1 pm. RSVP by June 12th, 10am: https://tinyurl.com/parentfor...
06/01/2021

The Annual ACECPC Parent Policy Forum: Saturday, June 12th, 1 pm. RSVP by June 12th, 10am: https://tinyurl.com/parentforum2021 ::

El Foro Anual de Política de Padres de ACECPC: sábado 12 de junio, 1 pm. Confirme su asistencia antes del 12 de junio a las 10 am: https://tinyurl.com/parentforum2021

Alameda County will be receiving an estimated $324 million dollars over the next two years in COVID recovery money from the State and Federal government. It is critical that a significant portion of the $324mi goes to child care access, and other services that families need. We asked community to weigh in on where this money should go, so join us to hear goals for incoming American Relief Plan Dollars and take action to ensure families get the support they need! :: El condado de Alameda recibirá un estimado de $ 324 millones de dólares durante los próximos dos años en dinero de recuperación de COVID del gobierno estatal y federal. Es fundamental que una parte importante de los $ 324 millones se destine al acceso al cuidado infantil y otros servicios que las familias necesitan. Le pedimos a la comunidad que evaluara a dónde debería ir este dinero, ¡así que únase a nosotros para escuchar las metas para los dólares estadounidenses del Plan de Ayuda y tomar medidas para garantizar que las familias obtengan el apoyo que necesitan!

⚡️Parent Power Action Meeting⚡️ is back this Saturday! Join us for a Zoom meeting to connect and BUILD POWER.RSVP here a...
05/28/2021

⚡️Parent Power Action Meeting⚡️ is back this Saturday! Join us for a Zoom meeting to connect and BUILD POWER.
RSVP here and an organizer will send you the Zoom link: http://tinyurl.com/parentpowerzoom

⚡️Parent Power Action Meeting⚡️ is back this Saturday! Join us for a Zoom meeting to connect and BUILD POWER.
RSVP here and an organizer will send you the Zoom link: http://tinyurl.com/parentpowerzoom

Save the date now for the Annual ACECPC Parent Policy Forum!- June 12th, 2021, 1 pm :: ¡Reserve la fecha ahora para el F...
05/13/2021

Save the date now for the Annual ACECPC Parent Policy Forum!- June 12th, 2021, 1 pm :: ¡Reserve la fecha ahora para el Foro Anual de Política para Padres de ACECPC!- 12 de junio de 2021, 1 pm

RSVP coming soon! :: ¡RSVP próximamente!

TODAY IS THE DAY! 💙Join parents from across the state as we stand together in our POWER and demand the child care system...
05/12/2021

TODAY IS THE DAY! 💙

Join parents from across the state as we stand together in our POWER and demand the child care system we deserve.

You can join us on Parent Voices CA Facebook LIVE at Stand For Children 2021 or RSVP for the webinar here bit.ly/sfcpv

➡️➡️ #25Years of #RaisingTheFuture #ChildCare4All #CommunityOrganizing #AffordableChildCare #Advocacy #SocialChange #advocacy #PeoplePower #SiSePuede #ReClaimingOurFuture ⬅️⬅️

TODAY IS THE DAY! 💙

Join parents from across the state as we stand together in our POWER and demand the child care system we deserve.

You can join us on Parent Voices CA Facebook LIVE at Stand For Children 2021 or RSVP for the webinar here bit.ly/sfcpv

➡️➡️ #25Years of #RaisingTheFuture #ChildCare4All #CommunityOrganizing #AffordableChildCare #Advocacy #SocialChange #advocacy #PeoplePower #SiSePuede #ReClaimingOurFuture ⬅️⬅️

05/10/2021
ATTENTION ALL FUTURE FIREFIGHTERS

🚨🚨🚨Ring the alarm!🚨🚨🚨

Stand For Children is only two days away! Join Wulue and parents like his who are committed to fighting for the early childhood education their kids need to reach their dreams 🔥🚒🧯

✨RSVP 5/12/21 3pm PST: bit.ly/sfcpv
➡️➡️ #25Years of #RaisingTheFuture #ChildCare4All #CommunityOrganizing #AffordableChildCare #Advocacy #SocialChange #advocacy #PeoplePower #SiSePuede #ReClaimingOurFuture ⬅️⬅️

Our 25th annual Stand for Children will be live on FB in 2 weeks! May 12, 2021 at 3pm! Or you can register for the webin...
05/01/2021

Our 25th annual Stand for Children will be live on FB in 2 weeks! May 12, 2021 at 3pm! Or you can register for the webinar at http://bit.ly/sfcpv
Will you join us and share with friends?

¡Nuestro 25th anual El día de Defender a los niños estará en vivo en FB en dos semanas el 12 de mayo de 2021 a las 3 pm! O puedes registrarte para el seminario en http://bit.ly/sfcpv
¿Te unirás a nosotros y compartirás con tus amigos?

This is what a parent led solution looks like! #AB92 #FreedomFromFees #CALeg #ChildCareForAll #ChildCareIsEssential #car...
04/21/2021

This is what a parent led solution looks like! #AB92 #FreedomFromFees #CALeg #ChildCareForAll #ChildCareIsEssential #care4ourkids

California's #AB92 (Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes) heals the harm of a racist #childcare family fees system.
This bill:
✅Temporarily waives family fees through October 2022
✅Creates an equitable sliding scale
✅Gives instant #pandemic relief $$ for families
✅Begins to heal the harm of a racist child care family fees policy

The idea for this bill came from parents! It's being heard in the #CAAssembly Human Services Committee this afternoon. We'll keep you posted!

#CALeg #FreedomFromFees Child Care Law Center California Child Care Resource & Referral Network Child Care Resource Center AAUW California

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021  ( aka COVID-19 Stimulus Package) is bringing MILLIONS directly to Alameda County! ...
04/16/2021

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 ( aka COVID-19 Stimulus Package) is bringing MILLIONS directly to Alameda County! We need to make sure it's spent in ways that support families with young children and the child care sector as a whole.

We know that:
💲324 Million is coming to the county
💲200 million is coming to OUSD
💲400 million is coming to out city and towns

Join us tomorrow at Parent Power as we organize to make that money make an impact! You can still RSVP at http://tinyurl.com/parentpowerzoom

#ChildCareIsEssential #childcareforall #SaveChildCare #care4ourkids

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 ( aka COVID-19 Stimulus Package) is bringing MILLIONS directly to Alameda County! We need to make sure it's spent in ways that support families with young children and the child care sector as a whole.

We know that:
💲324 Million is coming to the county
💲200 million is coming to OUSD
💲400 million is coming to out city and towns

Join us tomorrow at Parent Power as we organize to make that money make an impact! You can still RSVP at http://tinyurl.com/parentpowerzoom

#ChildCareIsEssential #childcareforall #SaveChildCare #care4ourkids

⚡️Parent Power Action Meeting⚡️ is back this Saturday! Join us for a Zoom meeting to connect and BUILD POWER.RSVP here a...
04/16/2021

⚡️Parent Power Action Meeting⚡️ is back this Saturday! Join us for a Zoom meeting to connect and BUILD POWER.
RSVP here and an organizer will send you the Zoom link: http://tinyurl.com/parentpowerzoom

⚡️Parent Power Action Meeting⚡️ is back this Saturday! Join us for a Zoom meeting to connect and BUILD POWER.
RSVP here and an organizer will send you the Zoom link: http://tinyurl.com/parentpowerzoom

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5232 Claremont Ave
Oakland, CA
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(510) 338-3049

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The Roots…

In the 1970’s, as increasingly more women entered the workforce, affordable quality child care was scarce. Activist parents took the initiative to organize and push for change. In the San Francisco Bay Area, parents like Patty Siegel and Arlyce Currie worked with other parents to establish organizations such as the Child Care Switchboard and BANANAS - organizations specifically designed to refer parents to child care resources. Soon, similar organizations sprouted across the state. These founding agencies took their cause to Sacramento and successfully advocated for state funding for resource and referral agencies. Thanks to those efforts, every California county is served by a local resource and referral agency that parents can contact for child care information.

Despite more than 20 years of solid advocacy work and many major victories for child care, overall progress toward meeting parents’ needs has been very limited. Notably missing from child care advocacy efforts at every level are parents themselves. Their busy schedules and often harried lives leave little room or energy for issues beyond day-to-day work and family life. Their absence in efforts to improve and expand child care resources leaves a notable void. No one speaks more convincingly for their children’s needs than parents themselves. Understanding this, the Network began to explore if and how R&R agencies could help build a stronger, more effective parent voice for child care in their communities.

In 1994, Patty Siegel, now Executive Director of the California Child Care Resource and Referral Network, at the request of the Jenifer Altman Foundation, convened a group of California child care advocates to evaluate and discuss the current state of child care. They all agreed that one of the greatest needs was to bring back the parent voice to the child care movement. In July 1994, The Jenifer Altman Foundation generously responded with an offer of seed funding to the Network to develop a project to organize parents–Parent Voices.

Today, Parent Voices has chapters in seventeen counties, all building momentum with the belief that it is the parents who must ignite and fuel the process of change. To strengthen our advocacy, we, as parents, conduct trainings on strategic organizing, leadership development, advocacy skills, and relevant issues; send out policy updates and calls to action; build relationships with local and state elected officials as well as coalition partners; convene local parents to build a support network as well as to take collective action; and finally, we constantly share resources, ideas and challenges to weave together strong voices both locally as well as statewide to advance towards a more quality, affordable and accessible child care system!

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