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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Operating as usual

"The union is asking for information such as how the state has spent COVID-related federal funds that are intended to su...
11/20/2020
Child Care Providers United

"The union is asking for information such as how the state has spent COVID-related federal funds that are intended to support child care and distance learning. Such information is needed for the union to have a meaningful conversation with the state, Arias said."

Shout out to Child Care Providers United for holding the state accountable! Child care providers deserve support NOW.

What our union has been saying to the state is quite simple: if you genuinely care about the wellbeing of working families in California, you WILL negotiate in good faith with essential frontline workers who are exhausted from carrying the weight of the pandemic on our shoulders.
https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article247243199.html

We'd like to take a moment to honor one of our parent leaders, Kristina Molina. Kristina ran a truly grassroots, communi...
11/19/2020

We'd like to take a moment to honor one of our parent leaders, Kristina Molina. Kristina ran a truly grassroots, community led, and student-centered campaign for Oakland Unified School Board. She built a diverse coalition of parents and community members who passionately fought to bring justice to East Oakland schools and students. We are so proud of the movement she built and grateful for her tireless work this past March to pass Measure C.

💸Tonight💸 Let's get a grasp of how Government Budgets impact our lives and how we can participate in the shaping of thes...
11/19/2020

💸Tonight💸 Let's get a grasp of how Government Budgets impact our lives and how we can participate in the shaping of these budgets. RSVP at tinyurl.com/budgetWS2020

11/17/2020

What advocacy and organizing skills do you want to grow? What systems do you have questions and/or concerns about? PVO is planning out training and workshops for the next year, so please let us know! ¿Qué habilidades de abogacía y organización desea desarrollar? ¿Sobre qué sistemas tiene preguntas y / o inquietudes? PVO está planeando capacitaciones y talleres para el próximo año, ¡así que háganoslo saber!

https://tinyurl.com/Interests2021

✏️ Let's sharpen our skills and learn new things as shelter in place continues! ✏️We are are planning out future trainin...
11/16/2020
Skills-building Workshop Interests/ Intereses del taller de desarrollo de habilidades

✏️ Let's sharpen our skills and learn new things as shelter in place continues! ✏️

We are are planning out future trainings to build leader skills and capacity. Take a quick survey and let us know which workshops you're interested in.

We are are planning out future trainings to build leader skills and capacity : Estamos planificando capacitaciones futuras para desarrollar las habilidades y la capacidad de los líderes.

Do you wonder what budgets have to do with you and your family? Do you want to know more about how advocates work to bri...
11/12/2020

Do you wonder what budgets have to do with you and your family? Do you want to know more about how advocates work to bring more resources to community?

Join PVO for Budgets & Advocacy Workshop that will engage participants in a conversation about government budgets, how they are made, and how the average citizen can help shape them. Spanish Interpretation available. RSVP @ tinyurl.com/budgetws2020

Congratulations to PVO's Policy and Research Associate, Tanisha Payton, who is participating in the Women's Foundation C...
11/11/2020

Congratulations to PVO's Policy and Research Associate, Tanisha Payton, who is participating in the Women's Foundation California 18th cohort of the Women's Policy Institute- State Class of 2021!

Tanisha has joined the Reproductive Health, Rights, & Justice Team. We know that her passion, brilliance, and dedication to improving Black maternal and infant health outcomes will bring so much to the team.

Parent Power Action Meeting is back this Saturday! Join us for a Zoom meeting to connect and BUILD POWER. We'll debrief ...
11/11/2020

Parent Power Action Meeting is back this Saturday! Join us for a Zoom meeting to connect and BUILD POWER. We'll debrief National, State, and Local election results and talk about next steps for our movement.

RSVP here and an organizer will send you the Zoom link: http://tinyurl.com/parentpowerzoom

President-Elect Biden's child care plan includes:• Free preschool to all 3- and 4-year-olds in the country• For children...
11/09/2020
Child care is broken. Biden has a plan to fix it.

President-Elect Biden's child care plan includes:
• Free preschool to all 3- and 4-year-olds in the country
• For children ages 0-3, tax credits and subsidies so that families earning less than 1.5 times the median income in their state would pay no more than 7 percent of their income for child care, with some low income families paying nothing
• Tax credits to encourage employers to construct onsite child care facilities
• Boost worker pay to the level of elementary school teachers, as well as provide workers with health insurance, paid sick leave, and affordable care for their own children

Alright folks, how do we hold him accountable to this and invest in child care on the national level?

But it might come too late to help some providers in the pandemic.

We're excited to announce our Budgets & Advocacy Workshop-Understanding How Government Budgets Impact Us All.Do you wond...
11/07/2020

We're excited to announce our Budgets & Advocacy Workshop-Understanding How Government Budgets Impact Us All.

Do you wonder what budgets have to do with you and your family? Do you want to know more about how advocates work to bring more resources to community? Join Parent Voices Oakland
for a workshop that will engage participants in a conversation about government budgets, how they are made, and how the average citizen can help shape them.

Spanish Interpretation available. Space is limited, so register today!
RSVP: tinyurl.com/budgetWS2020

We must remain patient and vigilant. It's time to #CountEveryVote!If you're looking for a space to gather in support of ...
11/04/2020

We must remain patient and vigilant. It's time to #CountEveryVote!

If you're looking for a space to gather in support of defending our Democracy, our allied orgs are holding Defend Democracy: Count Every Vote today at Frank Ogawa Plaza from 12pm-3pm. There will be outdoor space for art, banner painting, somatics, info tables, kids activities, action training, and more:

This is a call to everyone — join us, protect the will of the people, and help us build the kind of world that we want together. Come by tomorrow at Frank Ogawa Plaza from 12pm-3pm for a day of resistance. There will be outdoor space for art, banner painting, somatics, info tables, kids activities, action training and more: https://www.facebook.com/events/987322478402216/

Art by Micah Bazant!

Still need to turn in your vote by mail ballot? It's highly recommended that you drop it off in an official 24-Hour Drop...
11/02/2020

Still need to turn in your vote by mail ballot? It's highly recommended that you drop it off in an official 24-Hour Drop Box to ensure it is not delayed and your vote is counted on Election Day. Confirmed 24-Hour Drop Box locations can be found here: https://www.acgov.org/rovapps/maps/ballotdropbox_map.htm

Have you voted yet? If not, what are you waiting for!Early voting has started. All Alameda County voters can vote in per...
11/02/2020

Have you voted yet? If not, what are you waiting for!

Early voting has started. All Alameda County voters can vote in person at any Accessible Voting Location (AVL) in the County on Monday, November 2nd, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020 - Election Day from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Find all AVLs here: https://acgov.org/rov_app/avllist

10/30/2020
CTA TV Ad "Time" | Prop 15 (Closed Captioned)

Black and Brown communities have the most at stake this election. #Prop15 closes corporate tax loopholes and reclaims $12B for our local schools and neighborhoods to fund education, health care, clean air, and critical local services. #WeWinWith15

VISUALS Mural motif used throughout, with kinetic text and images of education and community embedded within Fairness Equality Voting Yes On Prop 15 AUDIO Fe...

Want to hear a scary story? 😱👻🎃 Homeowners in California have been paying more in property taxes than corporations pay f...
10/28/2020

Want to hear a scary story? 😱👻🎃 Homeowners in California have been paying more in property taxes than corporations pay for decades! It's time to close the loophole and fund our schools and communities with Prop 15. Help us share the facts and get out the vote tonight at our Prop 15 Phonebank! RSVP here: http://tinyurl.com/parentsGOTV2020

It's that spooky time of year again! And we're not talking about Halloween! This election season will have major implica...
10/26/2020

It's that spooky time of year again! And we're not talking about Halloween! This election season will have major implications on our families and children for years to come, so let's avoid a scary future by making sure we get everyone out to vote!

PVO is hosting a series of #GOTV Text Banking Parties! this week as well as spending Halloween morning at Parent Power - Election Edition! You can sign up for all events here: tinyurl.com/parentsGOTV2020

#ParentsToThePolls #care4ourkids #voteforthefuture #VotefortheNextGen #voteforechildcare #ChildCareForAll #childcarevoter

Election Day is right around the corner! To make sure we get #parentstothepolls PVO will be holding multiple #GOTV activ...
10/24/2020

Election Day is right around the corner!

To make sure we get #parentstothepolls PVO will be holding multiple #GOTV activities next week culminating in Parent Power - Election Edition! Election Edition! We'll be teaming up with our friends from Childcare Changemakers to convene parents and providers from across the nation to flex our power at the polls!

Sign up for all PVO GOTV events here: http://tinyurl.com/parentsGOTV2020

Black and Brown communities have been underfunded for decades. It is time to reclaim $12B every year by ensuring corpora...
10/23/2020

Black and Brown communities have been underfunded for decades. It is time to reclaim $12B every year by ensuring corporations pay their fair share. #Prop15 is about equity and resources for our students and communities. #WeWinWith15

Our own fearless representative and longtime advocate for our communities Congresswoman Barbara Lee is one of many Black...
10/23/2020

Our own fearless representative and longtime advocate for our communities Congresswoman Barbara Lee is one of many Black community leaders throughout California who have come together to fight for #YesOn15.

Wealthy corporations are using lies to divide our communities, but we know the truth: Prop 15 reclaims $12B every year for our the schools and local services we depend on #FreedomFriday #SchoolsAndCommunitiesFirst #Prop15

The disinvestment in schools that are predominantly Black and Brown is a root cause of racial inequalities in our state....
10/23/2020

The disinvestment in schools that are predominantly Black and Brown is a root cause of racial inequalities in our state. Prop 15 ensures every school district in the state receives additional funding, and provides greater resources to students who need them most. This is an important step forward toward promoting equity and racial justice. It's time to put Schools and Communities First! #YesonProp15

"IN CALIFORNIA, CHILD CARE providers recently pulled off a major organizing victory. Roughly 43,000 home-based child car...
10/22/2020
Care Workers Organizing for Dignity

"IN CALIFORNIA, CHILD CARE providers recently pulled off a major organizing victory. Roughly 43,000 home-based child care workers, most of them women of color, won acceptance of a new union called California Child Care Providers United. A whopping 97 percent voted to join the union, for workers who care for children from poor and working-class families that get state subsidies for child care. They will now bargain directly with the state over pay and work conditions."

Faced with low wages and uncertain financial futures, workers are raising their voices.

10/20/2020
Community Change Action

Pledge to be a #childcarevoter!

Community Change Action, Family Values at Work Action, MomsRising Together, and the National Women’s Law Center Action Fund propose to organize a national rally for child care voters between now and election day. This virtual event would have three main purposes:

Uplift childcare policy and send a message to policymakers and political leaders that child care is a key voting concern for many Americans, a racial, gender, and economic justice issue with particular resonance for women of color;

Get out the vote among parents, providers, and child care supporters by providing participants with voter information and tools for engaging other voters in their communities, including letting moms know they don’t have to get childcare in order to vote;

Expand the base of the child care movement by recruiting new activists and leaders.

There is a lot of misinformation about voting with a criminal record. Please share these facts from the East Bay Communi...
10/20/2020

There is a lot of misinformation about voting with a criminal record. Please share these facts from the East Bay Community Law Center and help stop voter disenfranchisement!

THE TRUTH ABOUT VOTING WITH A CRIMINAL RECORD IN CALIFORNIA

Q: I have a felony conviction or juvenile adjudication on my record. Can I still vote?
A: Yes! As long as you are at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen, out of prison and off felony parole.

Q: Can I vote while I’m on probation?
A: Yes! You can vote even if you are currently on probation, regardless of whether your conviction is for a felony or misdemeanor, or your probation is supervised (felony or formal probation or banked) or unsupervised (court or misdemeanor probation).

Q: Can I vote even if I’ve been to prison in the past?
A: Yes! As long as you are out of prison and off felony parole now, you are eligible to vote.

Q: Can I vote if I am currently in jail?
A: Yes! You can vote if you are in jail serving a sentence for a misdemeanor or a felony conviction that did not result in a prison sentence. Ask a friend or family member to send you a voter registration form and request an absentee ballot to vote by mail. Use your jail address if you will be in jail on election day; use your home address if you will be released before election day.

Q: I have a pending felony charge. Can I still vote?
A: Yes! You can vote even if you are currently charged with a felony if you have not been convicted and sentenced to state prison.

Q: Do my civil rights have to be restored after my release from prison or parole before I can vote? Do I need to go before a judge?
A: No! There is nothing you need to do to restore your voting rights once you are off felony parole. Just register or re-register to vote.

Questions? Call EBCLC’s Clean Slate Practice: 510-548-4064

You love to see it! First time voter Lissete Frausto is registered and ready to #voteforchildcare!"Not only does my vote...
10/19/2020
Voting to Be a Voice for My Children | Kidango

You love to see it! First time voter Lissete Frausto is registered and ready to #voteforchildcare!

"Not only does my vote and voice matter but my children’s voices and needs also matter. I encourage everyone to register and vote so that we can be a part of a change for our communities and also for the future of our children."

Register now: https://registertovote.ca.gov/

#ParentsToThePolls #care4ourkids #voteforthefuture #VotefortheNextGen #voteforechildcare #ChildCareForAll

By Lissete Frausto I have been an Oakland resident for 29 years. I was born and raised in Oakland. I am also a mother of two young children. This will be my first year registered as a voter and I’m…

TODAY is the last day to register to vote online or by mail in the state of California! Don't miss your chance to make y...
10/19/2020

TODAY is the last day to register to vote online or by mail in the state of California! Don't miss your chance to make your voice heard in the election of our lifetime! Register now: https://registertovote.ca.gov/

#ParentsToThePolls #care4ourkids #voteforthefuture #VotefortheNextGen #voteforechildcare #ChildCareForAll

Art by Bijou Karman.

"Both studies also found child poverty rising at a rapid rate, with an additional 2.5 million children falling below the...
10/16/2020
8 Million Have Slipped Into Poverty Since May as Federal Aid Has Dried Up

"Both studies also found child poverty rising at a rapid rate, with an additional 2.5 million children falling below the poverty line since May. Research shows that even short stays in poverty can cause children lasting harm."

Two new studies show the effect of the emergency $2 trillion package known as the Cares Act and what happened when the money ran out.

We stand with Child Care Providers United in their demands for swift, bold action from California legislators. Providers...
10/15/2020

We stand with Child Care Providers United in their demands for swift, bold action from California legislators.

Providers need adequate reimbursement rates for children participating in distance learning, financial support for providers who have to close their doors following potential COVID-19 exposure so they can later reopen, and restarting the State’s policy to cover families’ portion of fees, making up the difference for children who receive subsidies when families keep them home to prevent COVID-19 spread or exposure.

Over 5,200 family child care providers in California have closed their doors in 2020, negatively impacting more than 50,000 children. Providers have to close if a staff member becomes exposed to COVID-19 from a child or parent, and many have gone weeks without pay after contracting COVID-19. The remaining providers also face increased costs for frequent sanitation, additional staff members, supplies for distance learning, and more, estimated to be 75% higher than average. In fact, 22% of providers have missed at least one rent or mortgage payment for their program. This situation is unsustainable, and the lack of robust economic support is pushing them to the brink of collapse.

Sign their petition here: https://childcareprovidersunited.org/news/childcarecrisispetition/?fbclid=IwAR19FwwNDG0VSfS4_-uybgAqk4RIPZafivHGhj83Fi2hBNYQihma4DPotm8

10/15/2020

Live from the Child Care Providers United press conference in West Oakland!

Great op-ed from our own Executive Director, Clarissa Doutherd!"Advocating for childcare without social justice, without...
10/14/2020
Childcare and economic stability go hand in hand

Great op-ed from our own Executive Director, Clarissa Doutherd!

"Advocating for childcare without social justice, without challenging racism, sexism, xenophobia and all forms of injustice and oppression, leaves us empty services and programs that do little to transform and uplift families’ lives."

#care4ourkids #ChildCareIsEssential #ChildCareForAll

Acknowledging the relationship between childcare and the economy is imperative. Yet, while childcare programs remain on the brink of collapse, reopening communities moves forward. Childcare is a critical piece of community infrastructure, interrelated with workforce, housing and health, and without....

It's time for another Parent Power Action Meeting this Saturday at 11! Join other parents as we come together to support...
10/13/2020

It's time for another Parent Power Action Meeting this Saturday at 11! Join other parents as we come together to support #parentstothepolls.

Between a global pandemic, limited ballot drop boxes, brand new polling locations and procedures, and general voter suppression, there are a lot of barriers to prevent our communities from voting. Knowledge is ⚡️POWER⚡️, so help us spread accurate information in this critical moment. RSVP @ http://tinyurl.com/parentpowerzoom

#care4ourkids #childcarevoter #ChildCareForAll

"The dichotomy we’ve set up between the two doesn’t serve anyone now, but it didn’t work under normal circumstances, eit...
10/13/2020
Opinion | School Is (Whisper It) a Form of Child Care

"The dichotomy we’ve set up between the two doesn’t serve anyone now, but it didn’t work under normal circumstances, either. Separating child care from the larger K-12 educational system forces many of us to live with an expensive, patchwork, private system for children up to age 5. And ignoring the fact that school is a place where children both learn and are kept safe while their parents work means we haven’t reconciled short school days and academic calendars with a typical working parent’s schedule."

And child care, at its best, fosters children’s development. So how did we come to treat them so differently?

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5232 Claremont Ave
Oakland, CA
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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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