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
CCALA supported the following Bills last year:
- SB 23 (Mitchell) – This bill would repeal that exclusion for purposes of determining the family’s maximum aid payment and would expressly prohibit the denial of aid, or the denial of an increase in the maximum aid payment, if a child, on whose behalf aid or an increase in aid is being requested, was born into an applicant’s or recipient’s family while the applicant’s or recipient’s family was receiving aid under the CalWORKs program. Two-Year Bill
- AB 74 (Calderon) – The bill would revise the provisions requiring the department to conduct annual unannounced visits to no less than 20% of the facilities by instead requiring the department to conduct annual unannounced visits to no less than 30% of facilities on or before July 1, 2016, and no less than 40% of those facilities on or before July 1, 2017. The bill would also delete the provisions requiring an unannounced visit at least once every 5 years. Vetoed by the Governor September 30, 2015
- AB 271 (Obernolte) – This bill would authorize contractors and alternative payment programs and providers to maintain any records electronically, as provided, regardless of whether the original documents were created in electronic format and to use an electronic signature. Approved by Governor October 4, 2015
- AB 589 (Lopez) – This bill would require an online child care job posting service to include specified information regarding each child care provider. Two-Year Bill
- AB 598 (Rendon) – This bill would state that it is the intent of the Legislature to provide consistency in the implementation and administration of family child care home education network programs. Two-Year Bill
- AB 762 (Mullin) – This bill would require the department to adopt regulations, on or before January 1, 2018, to develop and implement a single integrated license for a day care center serving children from birth to kindergarten. Approved by Governor September 30, 2015
- AB 765 (Ridley-Thomas) – This bill would provide that the standard reimbursement rate is not intended to fund mandated costs imposed upon child development programs due to actions of law relating to minimum wage requirements, health insurance requirements, new or increased fees, new or expanded program requirements, or other cost increases due to legislative action. Held in Appropriations Suspense File
- SB 792 (Mendoza) – This bill, commencing September 1, 2016, would prohibit a day care center or a family day care home from employing any person who has not been immunized in accordance with the schedule for routine adult immunizations, prescribed by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Held in Appropriations Suspense File