Parent Voices Parent-Run Organization

Parent Voices

Parent Voices is a parent-run grassroots organization fighting to make quality child care accessible and affordable to all families.

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Parent Voices is a parent-led, parent-run grassroots organization fighting to make quality child care accessible and affordable to all families. Parent Voices combines leadership development, advocacy, and community organizing in order to increase funding and improve access to child care. We do this through trainings, regular meetings, special events, media and participation in the political process. Parents are an integral part of planning and executing everything we do. Child care keeps Contra Costa working.

Parent Voices Develops Leadership Skills

Parent Voices has 17 local chapters statewide creating social change by developing new parent leaders to advocate for child care and other emerging issues. Local chapter meetings occur monthly and always provide food and child care. Meetings are a great opportunity to meet other parents and become connected to your community. The Parent Voices Contra Costa Chapter is hosted by the Contra Costa Child Care Council.

The Parent Voices Steering Committee is composed of parent representatives from each chapter. It sets policies, develops campaigns, and approves various activities. Each chapter chooses a representative and an alternate for the Committee.

Annual Parent Voices Events

Knowledge is Power, a budget advocacy training, is held every year between January and February in four different regions: Los Angeles, Central Valley, Sacramento and the Bay Area. Parents participate in an interactive skit about the budget process and come up with strategies to advocate for child care. Workshop materials, meals and child care are free at this event.

The annual Stand for Children Day in the Capitol is an opportunity to display our powerful, collective commitment to California’s children through skill-building, advocacy, testimony and celebration. In 2007, over 500 parents and child care supporters from more than 22 counties advocated on behalf of California’s children. Our voices were heard, resulting in a successful campaign victory to update income eligibility for child care. In 2008, we successfully advocated for full state funding of child care subsidy programs, known as Stages II and III, that help low income families pay for child care. This year, we hope to organize 1,000 parents on the Child Care Eligibility List (CCEL) who are waiting for help with child care costs.

Elected parent representatives attend the Parent Leadership Retreat. Every year about 35 parent leaders and organizers from across the state come and stay for a 24 hour retreat that includes campaign and strategy development. Retreats are held in relaxing centers Northern California and combine skill building and fun.

To find out more about Parent Voices and its annual events, contact: Candy Duperroir in East County, (925) 778-5437 Statewide www.parentvoices.org