Child care funding and legislation can be difficult to understand, even for those who share our goal of helping low-income working families access high quality child care. In order to help policymakers and advocates work effectively to improve access to quality child care, we draw on our expertise at the Child Care Law Center to answer questions and provide analysis of state and federal budgets, laws, regulations, and initiatives related to child care. We also monitor regulations and provide comments when appropriate to bring the concerns and perspectives of families and child care providers to the table.
Hot Topics in Child Care and Preschool – 2017
The final budget for 2017-2018 will fund and enact all the provisions of AB 60. It will ensure working families who earn up to 85% of the state’s median income, will keep their affordable child care, and that all families receive a minimum of one year of child care services. The funding will affect 280,000 children in child care, preschool and after-school programs. AB 60 will be gutted and amended to achieve another purpose in the future.
- Bring eligibility guidelines for parents up to date, so that children can stay in quality programs.
- Increase the reimbursement rates paid to child care providers and centers, so they can continue to provide stellar care.
- The State Advisory Council on Early Learning and Care authorized a Minimum Wage Task Force, whose recommendations have been presented to Governor Brown.
- The top recommendations have been included in the 2017-2018 final budget.
Recent California Legislation
- The Child Care Law Center 2016 Legislative Roundup – a short synopsis of laws that passed, were vetoed, or will continue next year related to child care and families.
- Read our full analysis of how SB 3, California’s new $15-per-hour minimum wage law, will impact the child care industry here.
- Analysis of child care funding and provision in the 2016-2017 California state budget
Federal Legislation – the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014
- This federal law authorizes the Child Care Development Fund (CCDF). It is the source of federal funding to states to increase the affordability and quality of early care and education.
- Executive Overview – Opportunities for Making California’s Child Care System Better Through CCDBG in 2016
- Topic Papers – How to Implement Specific CCDBG Proposals in California
- New Child Care Legislation in California 2014 (Document)
- California State Budget Analysis FY2014-15 (Document)
- Center for Law and Social Policy
- Child Care Aware
- Response to Proposed Rules for Child Care and Development Fund 2013 (Document)
- Child Care Resource and Referral Agency
- Evaluation of Statewide Subsidized Childcare Recipients
- Legislative Update on the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) – Nov 2014 (Document)
- National Women’s Law Center
- Recognize and Report: Child Care Providers Have the Power to Prevent Child Abuse – Survey Results (Document)