ACTION REQUEST: contact legislators regarding child care subsidy income eligibility guidelines!

Dear Supports of Early Childhood Education,

The Governor's May Revise budget proposal for FY 2017-18 restores the multi-year child care deal from the Budget Act of 2016. We applaud the Governor for his actions to increase rates and spaces in the early care and education system.

However, the May Revision does not acknowledge the incredible impacts that the minimum wage increase will have on families trying to qualify for subsidy, and for the agencies that run these important programs.

For the past ten years, income eligibility guidelines for families have been "frozen." Currently, a family of three where both parents earn the new state minimum wage of $10.50/hour - $3,640 monthly pre-tax income - no longer qualify for subsidized child care. We need the income eligibility guidelines to be aligned with the increased minimum wage.

ACT TODAY! Send an email to the budget committees. 

Who to email:
Senator Anthony Portantino, Chair
Budget & Fiscal Review Sub. 1 on Education
senator.portantino@senate.ca.gov

Senator Holly Mitchell, Chair
Senate Budget Committee
senator.mitchell@senate.ca.gov

Assemblymember Kevin McCarty, Chair
Budget Sub. 2 on Education Finance
assemblymember.mccarty@assembly.ca.gov

Assemblymember Philip Ting, Chair
Assembly Budget Committee
assemblymember.ting@assembly.ca.gov

Sample email text:

Dear , 

We applaud the Governor's reinstatement of the promised multi-year child care deal from the Budget Act of 2016 to increase rates and spaces in early education programs. However, we are concerned that the May Revise is silent on adjusting the income eligibility guidelines for families accessing child care subsidies, to align with the recent minimum wage increase.

Please support updating the State Median Income (SMI) threshold for families entering the subsidized child care system to 70% of the current SMI. For the past ten years, the maximum income level for families receiving subsidized care has remained "frozen" at 70% of the 2007 SMI.


Without this change, we will have no two-parent families that are eligible for quality early education, which is needed to build the foundation for success in their future and the future of California.

Sincerely,

(your name and the city or county where you live)

Additional advocacy resources can be found at wuyee.org/advocacy

Week of the Young Child 2017

This year's Week of the Young Child (April 24-28) was packed with advocacy and activities! We have a new "ECE Advocacy" section on our website; please visit to learn about our ongoing statewide advocacy efforts and how you can participate.

While a bus full of Wu Yee teachers, staff, and ECE partners were in Sacramento rallying for $800 million more for ECE statewide, others were busy with #WOYC activities in SF, observing Music Monday. The week continued with Tasty Tuesday, Work Together Wednesday, Artsy Thursday, and Family Friday. And our Potrero Hill center went on a field trip to the Bay Area Discovery Museum!

On Friday, Wu Yee children, parents, staff, and volunteers walked around the block at SF City Hall, Chinatown, and Bayview to raise awareness of the importance of investing in Early Care and Education. #Walk4ECE!

Thank you to everyone who participated! Here are some highlights of the week:

Reflecting on 40 Years

Dear Wu Yee Community,

This year is both one of action and one of reflection for me. To all of our recent and longstanding supporters, thank you for being part of our journey! We wouldn't be where we are today without you.

As Wu Yee Children’s Services celebrates 40 years of serving children and their families it has also been tirelessly advocating for Early Childhood Education (ECE) on the city and state level. As California prepares for next year’s budget, we are addressing the inequities in teacher’s wages which continue to grow, the difficulty in finding quality and affordable childcare, and the challenges faced by working families under the weight of the exorbitant cost of living in San Francisco.  As part of the CA Coalition for Equity in Early Care and Education (CCEECE), Wu Yee is shouting from the rooftops: This Is Unacceptable!

I am fortified by stories of Wu Yee’s humble beginnings, when in 1977  parents, grandparents, social workers, and community leaders saw an unfilled need and worked long hours finding creative ways to serve Cantonese speaking children at a temporary center in the Inner Richmond. While the agency has grown into a citywide organization with 12 child development centers and a comprehensive range of services throughout San Francisco it continues to hold true to Wu Yee’s original guiding principles: to serve and support those who need quality early care and education in a linguistically and culturally diverse manner, and to ensure that families throughout San Francisco find the support they need.

Unfortunately, there are still hundreds of thousands of working families in California who need access to ECE without enough spaces to accommodate their children.  As the early education funding drought continues in California, Wu Yee has been proactive in joining other early education agencies state wide to urge the governor and the legislature to invest in California’s future by making ECE available to more children, providing teachers with a living wage so agencies retain excellent teachers, and to assure quality facilities for the children. If the State of California is serious about addressing income inequality, intergenerational poverty, the appalling high school drop-out rate, and even the cruel path to incarceration—we must first be serious about whether we fully fund Early Care and Education in California.

So you can see, 2017 is both a year of action and reflection. The many common threads between 1977, when the founders of Wu Yee fought to provide a much needed service to an underserved community, and the present are not lost on us including threats to cut Federal funding, anti-immigrant sentiment and antagonism towards minorities. We will not be deterred and will continue to “shout from the rooftop” until we are heard. Like our founders we stand strongly committed to the diverse range of families in San Francisco who struggle to raise their families in the city by the bay.

Warm regards,

Monica Walters CEO

Monica Walters
CEO

Week of the Young Child 2017

The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration to recognize that we all have a responsibility to enhance opportunities for children. This year's WOYC will be celebrated from April 24-28, and there will be workshops, rallies, and events for San Francisco families throughout the entire month of April!

Whether you are an ECE teacher or administrator, a parent or an advocate, come join us and The California Coalition for Equity in Early Care & Education as we rally to advocate for more funding for early care and education in California!

Join us for pre-rally sign making parties:

  • Wednesday, April 19, 4-5 PM at 729 Kirkwood Ave, San Francisco
  • Thursday, April 20, 5-6:30 PM at 827 Broadway Street, San Francisco
  • Friday, April 21, 12-2 PM at 888 Clay Street, San Francisco

Sign up here http://bit.ly/2oSJ2IJ

Join us at the rallies:
Monday, April 24 at Sacramento Governor's Mansion
10-10:30am: Meet up at the Governor's Mansion (16th and H Streets)
10:30-11am: March Together to the State Capitol
11am-12noon: Early Childhood Advocacy Rally at the Capitol (Area 27)
for Our Children, Our Dedicated Teachers, Our Working Parents, 
and Our Community Non-Profits

Friday, April 28 at San Francisco City Hall
10am: Walk Around the Block

Sign up here http://bit.ly/2oSJ2IJ
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Tell the Governor and the Legislature:
1. End the Current Budget Funding Drought for ECE.
2. Increase Funding by $800 Million for:
* Fair Pay for Teachers and Staff
* More Early Childhood Education Slots for Working Families
* Safe, Decent Facilities for Our Children.

Volunteer Day at Kirkwood Child Development Center

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Each year thousands of University of Southern California (USC) alumni gather across the globe to make a difference in their communities. Members from the San Francisco USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association gathered on Saturday, March 11, 2017 for USC Alumni  Day of SCervice at Wu Yee Children’s Services Kirkwood Child Development Center in the Hunters Point neighborhood.

USC alumni were joined by Wu Yee staff who spent the day beautifying Kirkwood Child Development Center which involved a general exterior clean-up and planting flowers.

Through the efforts of all volunteers on USC Alumni Day of SCervice, we ensure our children have a welcoming and positive environment to learn, play, and grow in.

Wu Yee would like to thank the USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association and everyone who joined us in on this day of service!

If you would like to get involved with Wu Yee, please email communications@wuyee.org for more information.

The Chinese Exclusion Act Documentary Shown at CAAMFEST35

In 1882 the first significant law restricting immigration into the United States was passed by Congress and signed by President Chester A. Arthur. The Chinese Exclusion Act prohibited Chinese laborers to come to America, didn’t allow Chinese immigrants who left to visit family to re-enter the country, and forbid Chinese nationals to become citizens of the United States. The Act existed for 60 years before it was repealed by congress in December 1943 — two years after China became a U.S. ally in World Word II.

For many, the history of discrimination towards Chinese immigrants in the United States is a reminder that globalization, immigration, labor, and civil rights issues have always been a part of the American experience which still resonates to this day. The decades of injustices that continued after the repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act gave rise to activists, social workers and parents, like our founders who established Wu Yee Children’s Services to address the challenges faced by new immigrants in Chinatown.

On Sunday, March 19, 2017, the Center for Asian American Media CAAMFEST35 will present The Chinese Exclusion Act by documentary filmmaker Ric Burns and Li-Shin Yu at the Castro Theater in San Francisco at 7:00 PM.

 “The 60 years of national exclusion, racialized ordinances, and hate crimes, is more important than ever to bear witness to,” writes Stephen Gong, Executive Director of CAAM, on CAAMFEST35 website.

The Chinese Exclusion Act is also part of CAAM’s “Who is American?” educational and community outreach campaign that will aim to reach high school and college students to learn more about this significant piece of U.S. and Chinese history.

The two-hour documentary, which will also broadcast on PBS in May 2017, includes interviews with scholars and experts including Erika Lee, writer and professor at University of Minnesota; Jean Pfaelzer, writer and professor at University of Delaware; and Renqui Yu, historian and professor at State University of New York. As well as testimonies from those who came to the U.S. as “paper sons.”

Both filmmakers Rick Burns and Li-Shin Yu are expected to attend the showing along with producer Robin Espinola.

View The Chinese Exclusion Act official trailer here.

Buy tickets for The Chinese Exclusion Act showing at Castro Theater here.

Happy Human Day! 人日快乐!

We hope your year of the Rooster is off to an auspicious start. According to ancient Chinese mythology, each of the first 6 days of the new year represent the creation of a different animal. On the 7th day, called renri (人日) or “human day”, humans were created. Traditionally, it is a day to gather and celebrate friends, family, and community. This year on renri, February 3, we would like to honor our humans, all those who fought for human rights before us and for each and every person’s right to dignity and justice. 

The Lunar New Year is a time to give money in red envelopes, lai see, to children, sending good wishes and luck. 

Renri celebrates the "birthday" of all humans, and we invite you to celebrate with us by making a lai see gift to wish our children and families joy and prosperity at www.wuyee.org/donate.

恭喜發財,新春大吉!祝大家雞年行大運!據中國傳說,在新年首六日,每天代表了不同動物的生日,而第七日即人日是代表人的生日。根據傳統習俗,所有社區親朋戚友會聚首一起慶祝這天。今年人日是二月三日, 我們想要表彰我們人類,所有那些為人權, 個人尊嚴和正義奮鬥的人。

農曆新年是派紅包利是給孩子們日子,願祝他們快高長大,身體健康,聰明伶俐。

人日是祝賀眾人的生日,我們邀請大家和我們一起慶祝!可從以下網站 www.wuyee.org/donate 為我們的家庭及孩子們派利是,祝賀他們身心健康,前程似錦。