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May 23, 2017
"Many of our hardworking childcare providers are facing a crisis. As costs go up, including the minimum wage, the rate providers receive for subsidized care is actually diminishing. Already the market rate is not sufficient to cover the actual cost of care, and in recent years this rate has been lowered from 75th to 69th percent of the market. This threatens providers' stabilities and in turn threatens the stability of families that rely on them. We have to do better," said Assemblymember Ellen Jaffee, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Children and Families, at a Joint Public Hearing on Access to Quality Child Care.