California Sets Kids Up for Success with State Budget

Good quality child care opens opportunities for children, families, and communities. This year, our leaders crafted a budget that lifts up families and kids and takes a big step toward creating equity for families struggling to make ends meet.

Here is the breakdown of child care and preschool funding in the 2019-20 California Budget that the Governor has signed.

Affordable Child Care

12,545 new affordable child care spaces – $143.3 million

  • 9,459 Alternative Payment slots – $93.3 million total
    • $80.5 million from Proposition 64 funds
    • $12.8 million Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG)
  • 3,086 spaces in child care centers – $50 million

10,000 new preschool spaces

  • Working families will have first priority for full-time California State Preschool
  • In areas where 80% or more of the students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, families will not have to meet work requirements

Expanded eligibility for families participating in CalWORKs

  • Families entering CalWORKs will have continuous Stage 1 child care for 12-months or until they transfer to Stage 2, whichever comes first, for an expanded list of activities.
  • $60.6 million General Fund this year and $74.2 million ongoing

Emergency Child Care Bridge for Foster Kids              

  • $10 million in additional funding, sunsetting in December 2021

Professional Development Funding for the Child Care Workforce

New training and apprenticeship programs under the Child Care Early Learning and Care Workforce Development Grant – $195 million

  • Expands trainings, ensures stipends for professional development
  • $2.2 million for the Quality Counts program

Funding For Child Care Facilities

Child Care Facilities Revolving Loan Fund – $263 million General Fund

  • Will be available to centers, family child care, and family child care education networks
  • Funds can be used to renovate, retrofit, modernize, repair existing or build new facilities.
  • 5% of the funds are set aside to cure health and safety and other licensing violations

Data Infrastructure

  • Funding to develop a statewide data system – $10 million
  • Funds to implement AB 378 (collect and organize information on family child care providers)

Other Provisions

  • 3.26% Cost of Living Adjustment for all child care programs not funded through Prop 98
  • CalWORKs Stages 2 and 3 additional caseload, increased costs and adjustments to CalWORKs case management methodology – $157.5 million
  • A master plan for early childhood to be developed by Health and Human Services, State Board of Ed and CDE – $5 million
  • Inclusive Early Education Expansion Project – $10 million from Prop 98 funds

Our detailed explanation of allocations and impact will be ready in late August 2019.