Have you taken Child Development classes at City College in Chinese or Spanish, in the evening or on the weekend?
Have you ever had a subsidy payment issue resolved with the help of the Child Care Ombuds?
Were you a recipient of the Family Child Care Health benefits Program?
Do you get support, information or resources through your neighborhood network or peer mentor?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you have taken advantage of programs and resources that would not be available to you if it were not for the advocacy, collaboration and support of the Family Child Care Association of San Francisco.
Every one of these programs and resources is available to you because members of the association spent hundreds of hours in planning council meetings, attending hearings and meetings with the Mayor and Board of Supervisors at City Hall, and driving to Sacramento to lobby the State Legislators, fighting for funding and programs for family care in San Francisco and California, making sure that your voices were heard and advocating on your behalf.
Other Benefits of Association Membership are:
• Newsletters and Bulletins
• Website Advertising
• $30 Discount with DCI Liability Insurance
• 15% Discount with Paychex Payroll Services
• Professional Development Opportunities
• Technical Assistance
• Association and Network Meetings
• Access to the Office and Resource Center
• Networking Opportunities with Other Early Childhood Education Professionals
Belonging to an association is a key element of success for family child care providers. The networking, support and professional development opportunities provided by associations cannot be matched, and it is only through our collective voices in public policy and advocacy that we can affect change and ensure that family child care is included in funding, planning and policy decisions.
This is a time when programs and funding are being cut and if we don’t come together as one and advocate for what we need to continue providing quality care and stay in business, we will lose to those organizations that do come together and have a stronger voice and presence.
The question is NOT why should you join the Association; It’s why are you not already a member?