California Voter Guide on Child Care

You deserve to know exactly where your candidates for the United States Senate stand on child care, so here is your California voter guide to help you choose the best candidate for our children.

The Child Care Law Center asked* the candidates vying to represent California in the US Senate to describe their positions on: expansion of funding for child care, preschool expulsions, and their support for affordable childhood education.

The Candidates’ Platforms:

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez:

  • Believes no family should have to spend more than 10% of their income on high-quality child care.
  • Supports universal preschool for every child.
  • Supports policies that increase the salaries of childcare providers.
  • Finds it unacceptable for toddlers and preschoolers to be reprimanded by preschool expulsion and will ensure that our most impressionable students are not subjected to arbitrary suspensions and expulsions.
  • Urged congressional leadership to allocate $10.1 billion to Head Start for the 2016 fiscal year and has fought to ensure full program funding each year.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris:

  • Believes we need to ensure every child has access to a quality public education– from universal pre-kindergarten to affordable higher education.
  • Will fight for early childhood education for every child, including expanding access to Head Start, Early Head Start, and creating national universal pre-kindergarten.
  • Acknowledges that there is no one-size-fits-all answer to the problem of child care, as different families are in different situations and have different needs.
  • Is focused on eliminating disparities in our public education system.
  • During her time as a public official, she established the Bureau of Children’s Justice, which is dedicated to fighting discrimination and inequities in the education and foster care systems.


Want more information? Download the detailed answers from the candidates.

*Congresswoman Sanchez responded directly to our questions. We obtained statements from Attorney General  Kamala Harris from her website campaign materials.