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.
Recent California Legislation
- The Child Care Law Center 2017 Legislative Roundup – a short synopsis of laws that passed, were vetoed, or will continue next year related to child care and families.
- Updated Family Eligibility Rules – California enacted new eligibilty guidelines for families through the state Budget 2017. Families will earn up to 85% of the State Median Income and keep their affordable child care; these families will receive a minimum of one year of child care services.
- Analysis of child care funding and provision in the 2017-2018 California state budget
- Read our full analysis of how SB 3 (Leno), California’s new $15-per-hour minimum wage law, will impact the child care industry here .
- 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.
- 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)