City & County Advocacy
In Alameda County there are over 10,000 families waiting for child care subsidies. Parent Voices Oakland engages in local campaigns that advance strategies to ease the burden for families struggling to subsist on low-wages, high housing costs, and inadequate public transportation. By working with local elected leaders and key social justice partners, Parent Voices Oakland is building a movement of families advocating for systems change. Access to all safety net services and quality education are a top local priority. Currently, Parent Voices Oakland partners with First 5 of Alameda County on the Alameda County Early Childhood Policy Committee (ACECPC). ACECPC is a cross-sector policy space that brings together parents, elected officials, agencies, and community based organizations with the goal of elevating parent leadership. Parent Voices Oakland in partnership with ACECPC holds community forums and other opportunities for parents to engage policy makers in dialogue about solutions to the current child care, housing, food, and health crisis.
Parent Voices Oakland is a chapter of Parent Voices Statewide, which is housed in the California Child Care Resource and Referral Network. Parent Voices has 16 chapters throughout California and has been instrumental in preserving over 36,000 child care slots during budget cuts, passing legislation to increase income eligibility for child care, and building relationships with key policy makers in Sacramento. Parent Voices work trains parents to advocate for child care in the State Budget process. Through testimony at key legislative hearings, meetings with elected officials, and large rallies, parent leaders work to win campaigns that ensure families are able to work, go to school, and support their families.
CalWORKS Parent Advisory Committee (CPAC)
A collaborative effort with Alameda County Social Service Agency. Activities include: CalWORKs program policy and advocacy training, community meetings, client feedback, and legislative visits that promote systems change to support families receiving benefits here.