(MENAFN- PR Newswire) Financial benefit improves access to retirement savings for Oregon childcare workers
SALEM, Ore., Feb. 12, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- The Oregon Retirement Savings Board and State Treasurer Tobias Read today announced that $5 million of dedicated American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars are being disbursed by Oregon's Department of Early Learning and Care (DELC) to fund the OregonSaves retirement accounts of more than 900 Oregon childcare service providers.
Funding was secured via negotiations by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) union and their Child Care Providers Together (CCPT) group and was championed by former Oregon Governor Kate Brown.
To have an investment to begin saving for retirement is something I can honestly say I didn't think was a possibility.
OregonSaves was chosen as the preferred program provider for this initiative by a joint labor-management committee, tasked with choosing the most qualified retirement plan in an open market. OregonSaves' demonstrated commitment to the financial security of workers across the state, made it the ideal choice for directing the ARPA funds on behalf of this essential group.
"We are proud to have played a key role in bringing this retirement benefit to Oregon's critical childcare service providers, ensuring a strong start on their path to retirement security," said Oregon State Treasurer Tobias Read. "This strategic investment in the financial future of childcare workers reflects Oregon's commitment to fostering economic security for all of its residents, a commitment shared by Oregon State Treasury and OregonSaves."
An invitation to participate in OregonSaves was extended to childcare workers in the fall of 2023, allowing them to set up an account and receive an equal share of the $5 million of ARPA funds split between eligible certified family childcare providers. For those who enrolled by the December deadline, an initial $4 million was released to fund their
OregonSaves accounts, providing approximately $4,400 each to support their financial well-being. The final distribution of funds is anticipated to reach the remaining OregonSaves accounts in March.
"Before our union negotiated a retirement benefit with the state, I didn't have any savings or ability to plan for retirement" said Gracia Ramirez, a Certified Family Child Care provider and member of AFSCME Child Care Providers Together. "This is an important benefit for childcare providers like myself who work long hours and devote our lives to young children and families in our community. To have an initial investment to begin saving for our retirement is something I can honestly say I didn't think was a possibility," continued Ramirez.
This new influx of childcare providers will now join the ranks of 124,000 workers that have set aside $251 million toward retirement. As thousands of Oregonians continue contributing to OregonSaves, long-term positive benefits will continue to emerge for participating workers and the state itself.
OregonSaves is a simple way for Oregonians to save for retirement at work. Employees contribute part of their paycheck into their own personal IRAs that stay with them throughout their careers. Visit .
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