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Supporting Families with Reliable Scheduling
Earlier this week I went to the California State Capitol to support SB 878, a bill authored by Senator Connie Leyva that we've rated For Kids in the Common Sense Legislative Ratings because of the positive impact it would have on families and kids if enacted into law.
SB 878 would ensure that workers receive their work schedules for the next three weeks at least one week in advance. The Right Start Commission's report released last month noted in its recommendations the need to address the issue of irregular work hours and how they affect the quantity and quality of time parents have to spend with children.
Nonstandard or unpredictable parent work schedules can interfere with a child's healthy development. Work schedules may also directly interfere with a child's mealtimes and bedtimes, as well as make it difficult for parents to read books and engage in other pre-academic activities with their children, plan for child care, work a second job, or go to school.
While in the state capitol, I was able to present Senator Leyva with recognition for authoring this For Kids bill. I also attended a press conference at which she was joined by the bill's principal co-author, Assemblymember David Chiu and Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, the chair of the Legislative Women's Caucus.
You can help us ensure families can get this important support by clicking here to use our advocacy tool to send a message to the members of the California Senate Appropriations Committee that this issue is a priority for helping our kids and families.