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 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.

Go to our budget advocacy page.


 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.

Read our Analysis of the impact of these new funds on California child care budget policy.


3) New State Bill Proposals

Click here for 2018 legislative proposals affecting child care in California


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

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

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.

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.