California State Budget Analysis FY2014-15

On June 20, 2014, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 852, the Budget Act of 2014. SB 852 adds more than $250 million to California’s child care programs. Between 2008 and 2013, California eliminated nearly $1 billion in overall child care funding and services for 110,000 children. Reinvestment is cause for celebration.

SB 852 and related trailer bills direct the vast majority of 13,000 slots and millions of dollars for quality improvements toward 3- and 4-year-old children. They do little to meet the needs of the disproportionate number of infants and toddlers waiting for subsidized child care. The budget legislation also heavily weights reinvestment toward subsidized child care through state-contracted child care facilities rather than through voucher-based programs.

Read more about the budget appropriations for CalWORKS child care, the expansion of California State Preschool Program, quality improvement provisions, and changes in reimbursement rates.

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