Policy Work

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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 in 2018


1) Child Care For Working Families Act – Fact Sheet

Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA) introduced this act to address the child care crisis that families in America are facing. Has your Representative in Congress signed on as a co-sponsor?

The act will:

  • help more families get financial assistance for child care
  • support family, friend and neighbor care
  • improve pay for early childhood education professionals
  • assure quality improvements to child care programs

2) Child Care and Development Block Grant Increase of $5.8 Billion over two years in 2018 and 2019

Congress passed a Continuing Resolution through March 23, 2018, that includes a deal to double existing CCDBG funding for the next two years.  This fund will help more families have affordable child care, monitor our licensed child care programs, and improve pay and professional development for early childhood professionals. Read more.

California State

Click here for 2018 legislative proposals affecting child care in California




Recent California Legislation

Bringing Child Care Policy In Line with the New $15-Per-Hour Minimum Wage

  • The  Minimum Wage Task Force of the State Advisory Council on Early Learning and Care presented recommendations to Governor Brown. Read them here in pdf or accessible format.
  • The top recommendations were included in the 2017-2018 California budget.

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.  Learn more here.