California Legislative Proposals Affecting Child Care in 2018
Below is a selected review of bills of high interest to the child care advocacy community. It is still early in this second year of the legislative session and spot bills or other vehicles may be used to introduce legislation later on.
- SB 837 (Dodd) – Universal Transitional Kindergarten (TK). This bill would progressively lower the age for entry into T-K, until by the 2022–23 school year, a child who has his or her fourth birthday by September 1 will be eligible to enter T-K. (See also, AB 1754, below).
- SB 1359 (McGuire). CalWORKs Stage 2 Child Care Services. This bill would remove the 24 month maximum period for receipt of CalWORKs Stage 2 child care services and eliminate Stage 3. Instead, a family would continue to qualify for Stage 2 so long as they needed child care, had an eligible child, and remained income eligible.
- AB 605 (Mullin). Would create an option for a single license covering from birth to 1st
- AB 1754 (McCarty). Pre-K for All Act of 2018. This bill would require the state to provide all low income, 4-year-old children whose parents are working with access to early care and education programs.
- AB 1883 (Weber). AB 1883 would exempt the basic allowance for housing (BAH) paid to military families in determining financial eligibility for CalFRESH and state subsidized child care. This treatment would align with other federal programs, such as: Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, WIC (Women, Infants, and Children), and Head Start. The bill also contains some technical changes to benefit alternative payment programs.
- AB 2001 (Reyes)Family Child Care Home Education Networks (FCCHEN’s). Establishes rules governing FCCHEN’s that are more appropriate to family child care homes, including quality assessment. FCCHEN’s remain Title 5 contractees, paid the Standard Reimbursement Rate (SRR).
- AB 2023 (Caballero). Would create a refundable child care tax credit under the California tax code to help parents defray the cost of child care.
- AB 2292 (Aguiar-Curry). Provides increased infant/toddler adjustment factors, start-up costs and infrastructure grants to increase capacity to serve more infants and toddlers. Some provisions apply to both Centers and Family Child Care Homes.
- AB 2626 (Mullin) An omnibus bill that would: clarify statutory language on 12 month eligibility for those seeking employment, eliminate the requirement that one half of kids attending preschool are 4 year olds, add two paid training days for Title 5 Center staff, and allow CDE to develop more flexible funding transfer policies.
- AB (Thurmond) – Consumer Education Database
Other, Related Bills of Interest
- SB 982 (Mitchell). This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation relating to the CalWORKs grant amount and makes related findings and declarations regarding the long term negative effects of children growing up in extreme poverty.
- SB 1416(McGuire). This bill that would levy an additional tax on business licenses to fund more frequent fire inspections. As currently drafted, the tax increase would apply to large Family Child Care Homes that are required to obtain business licenses.
- AB 1942 (Santiago). Would make it more automatic for families to obtain the California Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) by adding the required information to determine EITC eligibility and amount to Tax Form 540, and requiring certain state agencies to inform about the EITC.