2015-16 Public Policy Principles
Affordability: Increase rates to allow parents access to most child care options
- Increase Provider Reimbursement Rates for all types of providers to reflect the current cost of care in California. There have been modest increases in the reimbursement rates for all providers the past two years, however, we are still far below the true cost of care. Ongoing investments are needed to reflect the true market and improve the quality of services.
- Simplify reimbursement rate for all subsidized care and move toward a single reimbursement structure based on market forces and quality of care.
Accessibility: Increase funding for more child care spaces.
- Preserve and increase available subsidies in flexible child care spaces, through the Alternative Payment Program, to meet the needs of all income eligible children (Birth to 12) in settings that meet the needs of their working parent. It is critical to maintain services to children as the state implements the new Child Care and Development Block Grant Standards.
- 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.
- 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.
Quality: Invest in the development of high quality care
- Support the expansion of the role of Resource and Referral Programs through expanded funding for training and mentor-coaching models for child care providers to meet new CCDBG Requirements and through QRIS Systems in California.
- Increase licensing visits and oversight for all licensed child care programs.
- Increase the quality of license-exempt child care through engagement and training 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.
- Expand state investment in creating a single statewide database through the California Child Care Resource and Referral Network to support the development of systems to facilitate data sharing between local agencies and the state database.
- Support the creation of a centralized list of licensed child care provider information housed by the California Child Care Resource and Referral Network and utilized by R&R local agencies around California.