Policy Work

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Good affordable child care creates stability and opens opportunities for children, families and communities.

But child care policies, laws and funding can be difficult to understand. With our legal expertise, we craft solutions that are transparent and fair to everyone involved in child care – children, families and child care providers. Long after public debate fades, we monitor policies and practices to ensure that new barriers or burdens do not develop.

2019 Budget Conference Committee and Legislation Update

Our Legislative Proposals in California 2019

Strong Start for CalWORKs Families Act – SB 321 (Mitchell)

The Basics About SB 321 A Strong Start for CalWORKs Families

Keeping Kids Close to Home Act – SB 234 (Skinner)

The Basics About SB 234 (Skinner), Keeping Kids Close to Home

Improving Child Care Access – AB 194 (Gomez-Reyes)

Governor’s Budget Proposal for Early Childhood Education for FY19-20


We are asking Congress to increase the Child Care Development Block Grant in FY20. Your organization can can sign on here.

The historic increase that Congress voted for in 2018 opened up opportunities for quality child care to more than 11,000 California families. Funds also implement the requirements of the CCDBG Reauthorization Act of 2014 in the areas of quality, health, safety, and annual inspections of child care programs.

Deadline for the Sign-On Letter to California Congressional Delegation is February 18, 2019.

Child Care For Working Families Act

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.
  • 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. Click here for information about the State Plan and CCDBG background.

Recent California Legislation

Analysis of Child Care Funding in the California State Budget FY2018-2019

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.