SFCCPA Programs and Services
In addition to these specific programs and initiatives, the SFCCPA also sends out frequent e-mails and updates to our members on issues that are vital to the ECE field, and provides one-on-one assistance to providers who need help locating resources and referrals. The SFCCPA also coordinates advocacy campaigns and mobilizes members to attend and testify at important legislative hearings pertaining to the ECE field. Through our advocacy work, the voices and concerns of those most affected by policy changes pertaining to the ECE field, namely providers, are incorporated into the legislative decision making process and help ensure that ECE remains a priority within the city and state budget process.
Assessing and Responding to the Needs of Providers
The SFCCPA is able to bring current ECE policy related issues to providers for their feedback and bring this feedback to citywide ECE policy and planning meetings. Due to their work schedules, providers are often unable to attend meetings in which policies regarding ECE are being discussed. By informing providers of current legislative updates and policy initiatives and facilitating discussions about the needs and challenges faced by the workforce, the SFCCPA is able to bring these issues and priorities to the table with policy makers and represent the needs of the ECE workforce in discussions regarding citywide ECE policy.
Through all of our programs, services and initiatives, the SFCCPA seeks to ensure that the San Francisco ECE workforce has the support, compensation and other resources needed to provide the highest quality care to all children. The SFCCPA strongly believes that ECE providers deserve opportunities for career enhancement and adequate salaries and benefits to enable them to stay in the field and continue to provide quality care. Our services include advocacy, capacity building, information and referral, leadership and professional development, community building and networking. Our vision is to serve as a place where citywide ECE educators can come together to address common issues and learn from one another, and our audience includes all those who provide and are committed to quality child care for all children in San Francisco.