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.

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 …

Child Care Providers Win Raise in IL Budget

I have some good news! Last week, the Illinois House & Senate passed a budget that included a 4.26% raise for all child care providers in the Child Care Assistance Program. It’s been far too long since we’ve had a …

After years of self-created devastation, Rauner finally signs a budget

The following statement was released by SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Greg Kelley on the signing of the state budget today by Gov. Rauner: CHICAGO — Even though it took him nearly his whole term – and hopefully his only term – …

SEIU Healthcare Applauds Budget Momentum

CHICAGO–Following is the statement of Greg Kelley, President of SEIU Healthcare Illinois, on the passage of a budget in both houses and the state’s ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment: “Our members and the vulnerable populations of seniors, people with …

BREAKING: Illinois legislature passes bill to extend child care eligibility; awaits Gov. Rauner’s signature

Brynn Seibert, vice president at SEIU Healthcare Illinois and director of the Child Care Division, released the following statement on the passage of HB 4965 by the Illinois legislature today, extending child care eligibility in the Child Care Assistance Program: …

Child Care Workers Ratify Contract with YMCA after Strike in March

CHICAGO—In a victory for workers, parents and children, child care workers have reached a three-year contract with the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago following a historic unfair labor practice strike on March 1st. The nearly 130 YMCA Early Childhood Education and …

Lead Testing for Licensed Child Care Homes

Many home child care providers have contacted SEIU Healthcare Illinois Indiana with questions and concerns about mailings they have received from private companies regarding new mandates that certain licensed child care homes test their water for lead. Here’s What you …

Ken Dunkin Soundly Rejected AGAIN; Robinson is right for the 5th House District

CHICAGO–The following statement was released by SEIU Healthcare Illinois Executive Vice President Faith Arnold regarding the Primary Election Night victory of Lamont Robinson Jr. as the Democratic Party’s nominee for state representative of Chicago’s 5th House District:   “Voters in …

YMCA Child Care Workers Participate in Historic Strike at 10 Locations Across Chicago

Chicago- Today nearly 130 child care workers at 10 locations across Chicago went on strike at the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago. Workers went on strike because of unfair labor practices committed by the YMCA, including intimidating workers who participated in …

YMCA Child Care Workers Set to Strike, Citing Unfair Labor Practices and Poverty Wages

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2018  Workers at 10 Chicago-area Y Locations Joined by Elected and Faith Leaders and Parents as They Hit the Picket Line   CHICAGO—Nearly 130 child care workers with YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago will launch …

YMCA Child Care Workers Picket, Announce Plan to Strike

  CHICAGO- Child care workers at the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago picketed in protest of poverty wages, understaffing, and disinvestment from vulnerable communities on Wednesday. They were joined by parents, community advocates and political leaders, including Cook County Commissioner Jesus …

YMCA Child Care Workers to Picket, Announce Strike Vote

CHICAGO—Child care workers will engage in a picket at the headquarters of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago this Wednesday, February 21st to protest poverty wages, understaffing and unfair labor practices. The picket will be followed by a press conference announcing …

Gov. Rauner’s Budget is Out-of-Whack

SPRINGFIELD-Following is the response of SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Greg Kelley to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s FY 2019 Budget Address: “Gov. Bruce Rauner is probably best known for using the budget process to take Illinois hostage for his non-budgetary political demands. …

With Gov. Rauner’s State Budget Address Looming, Federal Budget Deal Increases Child Care Funding by $5.8 Billion

Will He Use Funds to Restore Program He Has Attacked?   MEMO TO REPORTERS:   The budget deal passed in Washington last week contains billions in significant new funding for child care, in the form of block grants. So what …

Centers for New Horizons Child Care Workers Deliver Petition Demanding Seniority.

A delegation of Centers for New Horizons members delivered petitions to Centers For New Horizons Headquarters today, representing an overwhelming majority of their co-workers, who signed-on saying that SENIORITY MATTERS!  Members want their dedication and service to Centers for New …