CCALA engages in advocacy on behalf of the parents, children and early educators we serve through our combined programs. Below is a summary of current activities:
On November 19, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014, the first reauthorization of CCDBG in 18 years. The reauthorization of CCDBG includes improvements relative to health, safety, and quality of child care and making it less burdensome for families to get and keep child care assistance.
CCALA is participating in statewide efforts to analyze the CCDBG and CCDF requirements in order to provide feedback to the California Dept. of Education on the planning and development of this initiative.
During the Great Recession, the State of California cut one third of the funding for child care and preschool programs, eliminating about one-quarter of the available spaces for children. This past fiscal year, we began the conversation at the State level regarding re-investment. CCALA supported the Legislative Women’s Caucus proposal to invest $300 million in improved rates to child care providers and $300 million in additional spaces for children. The actual budget for 2015-16, as approved by the Governor, included an overall increase for child care and preschool programs totaling $256 Million.
State Legislative Bills
The Child Care Alliance of Los Angeles (CCALA) supports the following legislative bills:
- AB 60 (Santiago & Gonzalez): Establishes initial or ongoing eligibility of not less than 12 months for subsidized child care, except as provided also eliminates time limits on CPS and “at risk”. Increases the income eligibility level for services (SMI) to 85% at current market level.
- AB 273 (Aguiar-Curry): Adds ESL and High School Equivalency (HSE) certification prep courses to the existing eligibility requirements for subsidized child care.
- AB 1164 (Thurmond): Relates to bridge funding for child care subsidies for foster children.
- SB 78 (Leyva): Beginning with FY 2017-18 and each year thereafter, appropriates $99.3M in additional funding to CDE for the After School Education and Safety (ASES) Program as a result of the minimum wage increase. Requires DOF to annually adjust the program funding as the minimum wage increases using a specified calculation.
CCALA opposes the following bills:
- AB 278 (Arambula), AB 300 (Caballero) AB 377 (Frazier), AB 435 (Thurmond). These bills would authorize the development of individualized County child care subsidy plan pilots for several different counties. We believe it is critical to address the full system for all California rather than introducing pilot solutions county by county.