Top Bills in 2018 Affecting Child Care in California

The California State Legislature is considering these legislative proposals between now and September 2018:

AB 2023 (Caballero). Would create a fully 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.

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 108 (Members of Assembly Committee on Budget). After last year’s session, the Legislature had approved a total of 13 individualized county child care plans (“pilots”). This bill would create more uniform standards for pilot operation and CDE review. It also eliminates the requirement that 50% of the children in CA state preschool be at least 4 years old, and adds six months to the sunset date of each pilot.

AB 605 (Mullin).  Would create an option for a single license covering from birth to 1st grade.

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. (See also, SB837, above).

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 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 2960  (Thurmond) – Consumer Education Database.  This is last year’s bill on another topic which has not yet been amended to reflect this new purpose.

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.