Dignified jobs in child care are vital to building inclusive communities where families and workers can thrive. Nationally, ninety-five percent of the 1.2 million childcare workers are women and a disproportionate amount are workers of color. Twice as many childcare workers are in families with income below the official poverty line compared to workers in other occupations. Furthermore, childcare workers rarely receive job-based benefits and more than 90 percent of child care workers (excluding preschool workers) cannot meet their individual income needs. Child Care Advocates United brings together over 3,000 Illinois child care providers to influence city, state, and federal policy to improve working conditions and quality of care for children and families.