Good affordable child care creates stability and opens opportunities for children, families and communities.
But child care policies, laws and funding can be difficult to understand. With our legal expertise, we craft solutions that are transparent and fair to everyone involved in child care – children, families and child care providers. Long after public debate fades, we monitor policies and practices to ensure that new barriers or burdens do not develop.
Hot Topics in Child Care and Preschool in 2019
Budget Proposals – California
Legislative Proposals – California
Strong Start for CalWORKs Families Act – SB 321 (Mitchell)
Keeping Kids Close to Home Act – SB 234 (Skinner)
Improving Child Care Access – AB 194 (Gomez-Reyes)
We are asking Congress to increase the Child Care Development Block Grant in FY20. Your organization can can sign on here.
The historic increase that Congress voted for in 2018 opened up opportunities for quality child care to more than 11,000 California families. Funds also implement the requirements of the CCDBG Reauthorization Act of 2014 in the areas of quality, health, safety, and annual inspections of child care programs.
Deadline for the Sign-On Letter to California Congressional Delegation is February 18, 2019.
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.
- 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. Click here for information about the State Plan and CCDBG background.
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)