Child care workers petition the state for $15 per hour, affordable child care

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Child care workers in Kansas City are mobilizing to enter the fight for $15 an hour.

On Tuesday, Dec. 8, Kansas City child care workers and parents will deliver testimony at a public hearing to finalize Missouri’s plan for administering federal child care funding. Supporters are expected to talk about the need for affordable child care and a stronger child care workforce.

As the Missouri Department of Social Services Children’s Division considers recommendations for the allocation of federal funding for state child care programs, local parents, early education teachers, child care assistants and other child care workers will make their appeals for federal investments in child care and share their experiences on trying to afford quality child care and provide the best care possible for area families.

The group plans to raise the urgent need to increase wages and pay child care workers a minimum of $15 an hour as part of their efforts to win a voice on the job and build a strong, supported workforce in the state and following massive protests by child care workers on Nov. 10.

The delegation on Tuesday comes on the heels of Kansas City child care providers and parents joining other underpaid workers in their largest-ever nationwide mobilization to call for $15 an hour and union rights. A new report released this month from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) found that child care workers are among the lowest paid workers in the country, and that the median hourly wage for child care workers is 39.3 percent lower than the median hourly wage of workers in other occupations.

The hearing will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at 3100 Broadway, room 130.

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