California Policy and Budget

In addition to working on specific legal issues, CCLC uses legal tools and our substantive expertise to contribute to the development of an accessible, affordable, high-quality child care for all children, and works to achieve a comprehensive quality child care system in California and the nation.  CCLC recognizes that state policies and funding commitments have a great impact on the accessibility and effectiveness of programs that thousands of vulnerable families rely on.  We bring the concerns of parents and providers unable to participate in the legislative process and offer legal analysis and technical assistance in the discussions of policy and drafting of legislation and regulations.  CCLC monitors, analyzes and comments on legislation affecting child care, with special focus on subsidized child care, licensing and regulation, access for low-income families, reimbursement and funding, and the needs of children with disabilities.  We also advocate for sufficient child care funding in the state budget.

Examples of Our Work

As a result of the efforts of a number of organizations, including CCLC, eligibility limits for child care assistance were adjusted in 2006 to reflect increases in the cost of living after being frozen since 2000.  CCLC also played a key role in developing the California response to federal reauthorization of TANF and the Child Care Block Grant.

Each year, we convene the Child Care Work Group to bring the child care community together to develop a vision of the child care system we want to build.  While much of our work is responsive in this state and national political climate, we work very hard to ensure all our work is moving towards positive systemic changes. Our annual Work Group held in the fall is key to shaping our California policy analysis and to informing our longer term goals. The work group for the 2007 budget/policy year was attended by 93 people, including legislative staff members. The all-day meeting included breakout sessions on five topics:

Through our work group process over the last several years, we have developed a common vision and outlined it in a collectively adopted vision statement. Here is a copy of the 2007 report. For past reports please see our publications page.

During the years of the state budget crisis, we were able to preserve and protect the child care system from deep budget cuts and draconian policy initiatives through extensive collaboration with other children’s organizations and detailed and accurate analysis of proposed cutbacks.