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Litigation Update

Parent Voices Oakland v. O'Connell

October 28, 2010 The Child Care Law Center and five other public interest law organizations filed a lawsuit to save critical child care funding for working low-income California families, money that was cut out of the California budget by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's last-minute, line-item veto.

The petitioners, Parent Voices Oakland and four California mothers who were told their child care assistance would end on November 1, 2010, are seeking a court order against the California Department of Education to halt the implementation of the Governor's veto, which would leave the working parents of more than 56,000 children without the critical assistance they need to keep their jobs.

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October 29, 2010 Alameda County Superior Court Judge Wynne Carvill issued a Temporary Restraining Order, halting the termination of child care services for working low-income California families through November 4, 2010. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed this critical child care funding from the state budget on October 8, 2010.

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November 5, 2010 Alameda County Superior Court Judge Wynne Carvill issued an interim order following a hearing on November 4, 2010. The order requires the state to continue Stage 3 child care and instructs the state to issue new notices that advise parents about their options and to use its "best efforts" to screen parents for alternative child care services. The judge also set a date of November 23, 2010 for a hearing at which he will decide the outcome of the case.

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November 17, 2010 Alameda County Superior Court Judge Wynne Carvill approved a settlement that preserves child care services for the families of more than 56,000 California children. The settlement extends the Stage 3 program through December 31, 2010 and requires state-contracted child care agencies to inform families of their right to request a screening for any available child care alternatives. Families must request a screening by December 10 to be considered for other available child care. Pressure remains on the Legislature and the new Governor to enact a permanent solution.

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February 17, 2011 Another successful step in the Parent Voices Oakland v. O'Connell litigation. In October 2010, Governor's Schwarzenegger's line-item veto of a statewide child care program would have left the working parents of more than 56,000 children without the critical assistance they need to keep their jobs. Parent Voices Oakland and four California mothers who had been told their child care assistance would end on November 1, 2010 sought a court order against the California Department of Education to halt the veto's implementation. The February 17 court order restores child care to the families and allows newly-eligible families to join the program as well.

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June 22, 2011 Ending a six-month court case sparked by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's elimination of vital child care funding, the State of California agreed to a settlement that preserves child care services for parents who have successfully transitioned off welfare but whose wages are still too low to cover child care. The settlement affects the families of more than 56,000 California children who had been told they would lose their child care in October 2010.

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Click here for the Order of Final Settlement.