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 tp 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) 2018 Child Care State Budget Request
Lawmakers must allocate $1 billion in new funds to help California families pay for child care and grow the supply of affordable care for babies and toddlers.
2) Child Care and Development Block Grant Increase of $2.4 Billion in 2018
California can expect $252,727,000 in additional child care funding from the federal government in 2018. This boosts the Legislature’s ability to budget new funds to help families pay for child care.
3) New State Bill Proposals
4) Local Measures
Alameda County Measure A – Voters in Alameda County will vote on June 5, 2018 to expand access to child care and preschool for low- and middle-income families; help homeless children with child care; attract and retain quality child care providers and add spaces at child care locations throughout the county. Programs would be funded through a half-cent sales tax.
San Francisco Proposition C – Voters in San Francisco County will vote on June 5, 2018 to expand access to child care and preschool for children aged five and under from low- and middle-income families; services for child development and improved pay for people who provide care and education for children age five and under. Programs would be funded through an increase of the gross receipts tax applicable to commercial rents.
1) Child Care For Working Families Act
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
- 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.
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.
- 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)