AB 2150- Child Care Protections for Working Families

March 2016

AB 2150  (Santiago & Weber) supports families and children by guaranteeing 12 months of continuous child care assistance and eliminating burdensome reporting rules that cause families to churn between child care programs and waiting lists. More than 50 organizations support AB 2150.

Families – particularly low-income families – often experience rapid and multiple changes in income and work-related activities.  Current law requires families to report within 5 days any change in income, family size or activities. Since child care programs are strictly monitored, families may be terminated if they fail to report. This causes the “churn” – families lose their subsidy, and often their child care. At the same time, stable child care is critical to parents’ ability to work and creates the stable conditions children need for healthy development and school-readiness.

AB 2150, if passed, will eliminate the five-day-notice requirement and allow a graduated phase-out for families who earn between 70% and 85% of the State Median Income. Read the Assembly analysis of AB 2150 here.