But our fight is not over yet.

Thank you for everything that you have done. In the last two months, we have made a huge difference. We sent our state legislators and Governor Jerry Brown 8,000 letters asking them to protect CalWORKS, Cal Grants and subsidized childcare.

We held a rally and a bake sale in Sacramento, personally visited key legislators and staffers to talk to them about the budget and its effects, and have hand delivered to the Governor your stories about why you care.

While we did not get everything we wanted, we should be proud of ourselves. Our efforts made a difference! The final budget that the Governor signed:

  • Doesn’t cut Cal Grants for public university and college students.
  • Doesn’t restructure CalWORKs, the welfare-to-work program that serves 1.4 million poor Californians, 1 million of whom are children.
  • Doesn’t lower the market rate reimbursement for child care providers, which would have put many quality providers out of business and had a devastating effect on parents who rely upon them.
  • Doesn’t move child care under the Department of Social Services. Child care remains the responsibility of the Department of Education, as it should considering that child care needs to support children’s educational development.

Our fight is not over yet! Many cuts were made—and those cuts will chip away at the programs that make it possible for low-income women and families to lift themselves out of poverty. 

There are now 26,000 fewer child care slots for needy children, leaving parents with fewer child care options while they’re at work or attending school. Time on CalWORKs has been reduced from four years to two. In a difficult economy, two years is rarely enough time for families to establish economic security.

There's more to be done—and we’re going to need your help to do it.

In the months to come, we’ll follow up with ways to make sure that the low-income women and families of our state aren’t forgotten in the halls of Sacramento. California's budget problems continue and these precious programs remain vulnerable to future cuts.

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