Child Care & Early Learning

More than 35,000 home child care providers and child care center teachers and staff are united in SEIU Child Care & Early Learning, a division of SEIU Healthcare Illinois & Indiana. Every day, we provide essential child care and early education that helps prepare young children for school and supports working parents. Whether we are a teacher in a pre-k classroom or Head Start classroom, a licensed home child care provider or a family, friend or neighbor caregiver, we all play an important role in young children’s care and early education.

Home child care providers first began building our union in 1996, when we struggled to get by on low rates and with no benefits. Illinois home child care providers were the first in the country to unite our voices in SEIU and since then we’ve negotiated two ground-breaking contracts for home child care providers in the Illinois Child Care Assistance Program– winning rate increases, rate add-ons for quality care and first-ever healthcare for thousands of Illinois child care providers.

Now center-based child care, Head Start and pre-Kindergarten workers– teachers, assistant teachers, family service workers, teacher aides, group workers, food aides, paraprofessionals and more—are uniting in SEIU for a stronger voice for quality care and early learning jobs.
Together, we’re fighting to make sure that all families have access to the quality, affordable care and education for their children and that caregivers and early childhood workers are recognized and respected for the important work we do.

BREAKING: Fair Tax Amendment Will Allow Much-Needed Change to Illinois Tax Rate

The following statement was released by SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Greg Kelley on the Illinois Senate passage of the resolution to put the Fair Tax amendment on the ballot: “We applaud the leadership shown by the Illinois Senate today in …

BREAKING NEWS: Victory for Family Child Care Providers!

We are happy to announce that we have reached an agreement with the Pritzker administration over the implementation of 4.26% CCAP rate increases and the release of back pay for family child care providers, taking a big step forward in …

Governor Pritzker, SEIU Reach Agreement to Release Back Pay and Implement Required Raises for More Than 40,000 Low-Wage Home Care & Child Care Workers

Springfield – The State of Illinois and SEIU Healthcare Illinois reached an agreement to implement rate increases and release previously withheld increases for more than 40,000 Department of Human Services low-wage home care and child care providers that had been …

Helen Miller: SEIU Home Care Pioneer, Labor Leader (1936 – 2019)

Helen Miller, a pioneer in the home healthcare organizing movement and former president of SEIU Local 880 (now SEIU Healthcare Illinois Indiana Missouri & Kansas), passed away peacefully on March 5. Over more than four decades, Helen demonstrated a passion …

SEIU Healthcare Illinois Statement on Governor Pritzker’s Budget Address

Statement by Greg Kelley, president, SEIU Healthcare Illinois, on Governor Pritzker’s Budget Address: “Gov. Pritzker came into office following four years of fiscal mismanagement by the previous administration that damaged lives, destroyed jobs, and devasted our state agencies and the …

Child Care Providers Celebrate House Passage of $15 Minimum Wage

Today marks a tremendous victory for working families in Illinois. With the Illinois House voting to approve SB 1, we are set to become the first Midwestern state to approve a $15 minimum wage! The Fight for $15 launched in …

$15 for Illinois Passes!

Updated 2/22/19 On February 14th, SB 1, the $15 minimum wage bill was signed into law in Illinois. Get Some Quick Facts about $15 Find Out Why Workers Need It $15 is Good for Business “Our 50,000 home healthcare workers …

SEIU Healthcare’s Statement on Inauguration of J.B. Pritzker

As Illinois welcomes a new governor with the inauguration of J.B. Pritzker, SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Greg Kelley released this statement: SEIU Healthcare Illinois members are excited to welcome J.B. Pritzker as Illinois’ new governor. Our members, and all working …

Year Beginning Membership Meetings are Around the Corner!

WE’RE ORGANIZING FOR POWER IN 2019!  ¡Planificación para promover la fuerza en 2019! We’ll celebrate our 2018 victories and triumphs and make plans to build power for working people in 2019. Celebraremos nuestras victorias y triunfos de 2018, y haremos …

SEIU Healthcare IL endorses Toni Preckwinkle for Chicago Mayor

Joins Chicago Teachers Union, SEIU Local 73 in joint endorsement press conference for city’s next chief executive CHICAGO (Dec. 6, 2018)–Leaders of SEIU Healthcare Illinois, SEIU Local 73 and the Chicago Teachers Union announced today their joint endorsement of Toni …

Greg Kelley Named to Gov-Elect Pritzker’s Healthy Children and Families Committee

Today, Governor-elect JB Pritzker announced the formation and members of the Healthy Children and Families Committee of the transition team, which included SEIU HCIIMK President Greg Kelley. The committee is the third of several working groups of the transition made …

600 Energized SEIU Members from across Illinois Rally in Chicago, March to the Polls with JB Pritzker, Juliana Stratton, Kwame Raoul, Dick Durbin and Michael Frerichs as Early Voting Kicks into High Gear

  Illinois working families know they can count on Pritzker, Stratton and Raoul to Lead on Union Expansion and a $15 Statewide Minimum Wage CHICAGO – With the Dunbar High School marching band and banda musicians in tow, more than …

SEIU HCII Backs Kwame Raoul for Attorney General – #HCIIVotes

SEIU HCII is strongly supporting Kwame Raoul for Attorney General because Kwame has a proven record that shows he’s always been on the right side of the issues that matter most to our members. Raoul is the child of immigrants …

#HCIIVotes for JB Pritzker

JB Pritzker and Juliana Stratton are the right team to lead Illinois and send Governor Bruce Rauner packing. Learn where JB and Rauner Stand on the Issues Details on JB and Rauner’s records Learn how and where to vote About …

Child Care Providers File Class-Action Lawsuit in Response to Rauner’s Denial of Modest Rate Increase

Plaintiffs Joined by State Senator Toi Hutchinson at Press Conference Announcing Filing of Complaint CHICAGO–Child care providers were joined by State Senator Toi Hutchinson this morning at a press conference announcing their filing of a class-action lawsuit which seeks to …

Rauner Tries to Cover Up Despicable Child Care Record

Chicago, IL – Governor Bruce Rauner quietly signed a law Friday, which removes barriers for working parents accessing child care in an effort to cover up his multi-year assault on the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP). “Not only did Rauner …

Parents, Children and Child Care Providers Rally Outside Governor Rauner’s Campaign Office to Demand that He Pay the Rate Increase Approved by Lawmakers

Protesters Deliver Message That They’ve Had Enough of the Governor’s Attacks on Child Care, and Demand that He “Pay or Get Out of the Way”   .@BruceRauner’s security disabled elevator access to his 4th floor campaign office. Why won’t he hear …

Child Care Providers and Families Interrupt Governor Rauner at Mansion Unveiling Ceremony with Strong Message: “You Wrecked Child Care, Rebuild It Now!”

SPRINGFIELD—At this morning’s grand reopening ceremony for the $15 million renovation of the Governor’s Mansion, child care providers interrupted Governor Rauner mid-speech.  Chanting “Money for kids and education, instead of mansion renovations” and then delivering a mic-checked message that said, …

As Chicago’s Minimum Wage Set to Rise, Healthcare and Child Care Workers Tell Gov. Bruce Rauner & Mayor Emanuel: “$12 Minimum Wage Isn’t Enough – Working Families Demand $15 Now!”

Gov. Rauner’s Veto of the $15 Minimum Wage Bill Took Away Living Wages from Low-Income Caregivers Who Urgently Need a Raise to Survive and Support Their Families Contact: james.muhammad@seiuhcil.org or scott.vogel@seiuhcil.org (June 29th, 2018, Chicago) – On July 1st Chicago’s …

SEIU HCIIMK Wins: Why It’s Important to Recommit To Your Union

SEIU Healthcare members have racked up many wins. We’re not satisfied and we are determined to win many more.  That’s why it’s more important than ever to recommit to your union. Take a look back at these victories & click …