2016-17 Public Policy Principles
The Child Care Alliance of Los Angeles is a partnership of 10 community-based organizations working together to ensure the delivery of seamless, consistent, quality child care throughout Los Angeles County. Member agencies below provide child care Alternative Payment (AP) and/or Resource & Referral (R&R) services.
We support the State’s ongoing investment in the early care and education delivery system.
We recommend these priorities to build a quality child care and early learning system for young children and their families in California:
Accessibility: Increase funding for more child care spaces.
- Increase the State Median Income chart to reflect current year economic conditions and ensure access for eligible families. These increases are critical to ensure families who benefit from minimum wage increases do not lose their access to child care.
- Preserve and increase subsidies in flexible child care spaces, through the Alternative Payment Program for all income eligible children (birth to 12) in settings that meet the needs of their working parent.
- Seek new and expanded funding options to increase access for children engaged in the child welfare system to child care services while preserving services to children from working families.
- Support the maintenance of current California State Preschool dollars as part of the state’s investment in early childhood programs. As four-year-old children begin to shift to Transitional Kindergarten, advocate for child care dollars to shift to caring for infants and toddlers through the Alternative Payment Program.
Affordability: Increase rates to allow parents access to most child care options
- Continue and expand investments in provider Reimbursement Rates for all types of providers to reflect the current cost of care and increasing minimum wage in California. Support the legislative intent to move to the 85th percentile of the current Regional Market Rate Survey. Simplify reimbursement rate for all subsidized care and move toward a single reimbursement structure based on market forces and quality of care.
Quality: Invest in the development of high quality care
- Support the expansion of the role of Resource and Referral Programs in recruitment and training of child care providers through expanded funding for training and mentor-coaching models, including for Family Friend and Neighbor (license exempt) providers.
- Increase licensing visits and oversight for all licensed child care programs.
- Support the further development of Family Child Care Home Education Networks in California to provide quality care options for families, especially those with children birth through three years.
Family Engagement: Ensure consumers are informed of their options for care
- Invest in the Resource and Referral infrastructure in California to expand the availability of community based support for families through in person and technologically relevant platforms to support them in raising young children.
- Continue and expand state investment in Child Care Resource and Referral Programs and the California Child Care Resource and Referral Network to support the development of systems to facilitate data collection, analysis and consumer education.