Employees With Small Children Will Get Monthly Stipend from LA Unified

The Los Angeles Unified School District announced stipends of $500 per month for teachers and staff with young children on Monday. The money will be available to full-time employees who return to campuses starting next week. To be eligible, employees must have a child or children age 5 and under. They will receive one stipend per child.

The request was made by the Service Employees International Union Local 99, which represents classified school employees. In March, United Teachers Los Angeles said it was pushing for accommodations for teachers with children at home.

“We are pressing LAUSD to provide accommodations for employees with childcare needs as well as health risks, including permitting educators to provide distance learning at home, and believe the district needs to survey their employees to determine how many need such accommodations,” UTLA said in a statement

“This is a very difficult time for parents, including educators. As part of the hybrid reopening of schools, childcare is supposed to be available for LAUSD students in TK-8, through the Beyond the Bell program. However, just like before the pandemic, LAUSD does not have the capacity to provide childcare for the children of educators who are younger than school age or who attend school in other districts.”

Around 70% of LA teachers are women and almost half of all public school teachers have children living at home.