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 – 2017

1. Act now to increase Federal CCDBG Funds

In mid-January, Congress will negotiate an omnibus spending bill. We are asking for $2.9 billion in additional CCDBG funding. This funding is essential to help families have affordable child care, monitor our licensed child care programs, and improve pay and professional development for early childhood professionals. Read more.

2. California State Budget 2018-2019

Governor Brown’s Proposal will be released January 10, 2018.


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. 

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