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: Senate Follows House in Passing Historic $15 Minimum Wage Bill

Truest, Best, Fastest Way to Help MILLIONS of Illinois Workers; Gov. Rauner MUST SIGN NOW  SPRINGFIELD-Following is the statement of SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Greg Kelley following passage tonight in the Senate of Senate Bill 81, legislation to raise the …

Early Childhood Workforce Study Will Give Illinois Better Footing to Face Challenges in Care

  HB 3167/SB 1619 Passage Deserves Praise SPRINGFIELD-Following is the statement of SEIU Healthcare Executive Vice President Faith Arnold following passage in the Senate of House Bill 3167/Senate Bill 1619, authorizing a study of the child care and early education …

BREAKING: Historic Victory as $15 Bill Wins in House; On To Senate

2.3 MILLION Workers are Closer to a Raise  SPRINGFIELD-Following is the statement of SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Greg Kelley following passage today in the Illinois House of Representatives of Senate Bill 81, to raise the minimum wage to $15 by …

House Majority Sends Bill to Study State of Early Childhood Workforce to Senate

SPRINGFIELD – By a broad majority, the House this week sent a bill to study the state of the early childhood education and child care workforce to the Senate, as low wages continue to plague the industry. Sponsored in the …

Free Child Care for All, Increased Pay for Child Care Providers to be Demanded at International Women’s Day Rally

Child Care providers to offer forward-looking vision for working women while also fighting back against War on Women by Rauner, Trump, and the Republicans Chicago, IL -Chicago, IL – In the spirit of International Women’s Day, local community and labor …

Attorney General Action a Symptom of Rauner Crisis

The following statement was released by SEIU President Keith Kelleher in response to Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s lawsuit seeking to overturn a court injunction that allows state workers to be paid during the budget impasse: “On behalf of our home …

State of Ruin: 10 Facts about Illinois Under Rauner

1. Manufacturing Jobs Lost Since Governor Rauner took office, the state has lost more than 17,000 manufacturing jobs. (http://www.ides.illinois.gov/LMI/Pages/CES.aspx) 2. Credit Rating the Lowest in the Nation Under Governor Rauner, the state of Illinois has had its credit downgraded to …

State of Denial: Illinois Languishes as Bruce Rauner Budget Crisis Continues

Trump Rhetoric Matched By Policy of Ruin in Land of Lincoln SPRINGFIELD-Following is the response of SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Keith Kelleher to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s State of the State Address today: “Bruce Rauner remains in a state of denial. …

Rauner shows disregard for child care providers, families

Following is the response from Faith Arnold, SEIU Healthcare Illinois executive board member, vice chair, child care division on Governor Bruce Rauner’s comments on child care in Illinois: “Bruce Rauner’s insensitive characterization of the state of child care in Illinois shows …

Veto Override in Senate of Child Care (SB 2536) and Home Healthcare (SB 2931) Protection Bills Defies Rauner Attacks

SPRINGFIELD-Following is the statement of SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Keith Kelleher following the veto override in the Illinois Senate today of Senate Bills 2536 and 2931, legislation to protect the state’s child care and home healthcare workforce from cuts to …

BREAKING: Victory Over Rauner for Child Care & Home Healthcare Workers Amid Mired Contract Talks

In 19th Month of Bargaining, Training and Health Insurance Restored For Thousands of Caregivers CHICAGO-Facing arbitration, the Bruce Rauner administration on Tuesday capitulated and restored health insurance and training for state child care workers and home healthcare personal assistants who …

Home Care and Child Care Providers Join Parents & Seniors in Delivering a Message to Big Banks: Give Back the Hundreds of Million in Taxpayer Dollars So Illinois Can Fund Care, Not Profits

Hundreds March and Protest to Highlight How Big Banks Profit from Toxic Bank Deals with State—and Governor Rauner’s Responsibility to Take Back Taxpayer Money for Home Care and Child Care Home care and child care providers joined working parents, seniors, and community …

114th District Candidate LaToya Greenwood “Walks a Day” in the Shoes of a Child Care Provider, Vows to Protect Caregivers from Rauner’s Attacks

EAST ST. LOUIS-Councilwoman LaToya Greenwood  “walked a day in the shoes” of child care provider Tina Williams, who serves families in the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) currently under assault by Gov. Bruce Rauner. “As someone who was a young single …

On the Heels of Bruce Rauner’s Job-Killing Veto of Child Care Expansion, 72nd House District Candidate Mike Halpin “Walks A Day” In Shoes of Quad Cities Early Educators

MOLINE- As Bruce Rauner and his Republican allies continue their brick-by-brick teardown of social services in Illinois, 72nd House District candidate Mike Halpin spent a morning “Walking a Day” in the shoes of Moline early childhood educators whose funding for quality care has …

Top 10 Questions Rauner Didn’t Answer Today

Governor Rauner advertised a live question-and-answer session today on Facebook. Unfortunately, the Governor came prepared with his own questions and ignored the tough ones about the Governor’s failures. Here are the top 10 quesitons Rauner failed to answer today. 1. …

State Rep. Candidate John Curtis Responds to Rauner’s Job-Killing Veto of Child Care Expansion

With child care costs spiraling out of control, Curtis calls on State Rep. Norine Hammond to stand with working families and override SB 730 veto Macomb – On Friday, Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed Senate Bill 730, which would have made …

State Rep. Candidate Merry Marwig Responds to Rauner’s Job-Killing Veto of Child Care Expansion

Merry Marwig calls on state Rep. Michael McAuliffe to stand with working families by voting to override Senate Bill 730 veto CHICAGO—On Friday, Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed Senate Bill 730, which would have made child care affordable for tens of …

State Rep. Candidate Cynthia Borbas Responds to Rauner’s Job-Killing Veto of Child Care Expansion

With child care costs spiraling out of control, Borbas calls on State Representatives Christine Winger to stand with working families and override SB 730 veto Chicago  – On Friday, Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed Senate Bill 730, which would have made …

State Rep. Candidates Stuart & Mathis Respond to Rauner’s Job-Killing Veto of Child Care Expansion

With child care costs spiraling out of control, Katie Stuart and Mike Mathis call on State Representatives Dwight Kay and Avery Bourne to stand with working families and override SB 730 veto Edwardsville – On Friday, Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed …

State Rep. Candidates DelGiorno & Mathis Respond to Rauner’s Job-Killing Veto of Child Care Expansion

With child care costs spiraling out of control, Tony DelGiorno and Mike Mathis call on State Representatives Sara Wojcicki Jimenez and Avery Bourne to stand with working families and override SB 730 veto Springfield – On Friday, Governor Bruce Rauner …