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Public Policy

The California Child Care Coordinators Association monitors state legislation that affects our state's children and families.

Child Development Legislation Update

The California Legislature is in session and the weekly legislative summary is back !!

To download the list of bills that the early child development community is watching as of May 23, 2018 (PDF) Click Here. A new session of the legislature began this week.

This summary is distributed by the California Child Development Administrators Association;
Modified with Permission from the County of Los Angeles Child Care Planning Committee and Policy Roundtable for Child Care Joint Committee on Legislation.

 


 

For more details on any bill listed on the matrix, visit the California Legislative Information website, at
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billSearchClient.xhtml.

 


 

Links to legislative updates noting Governor’s actions with hyperlinks to messages on selected bills are available on his website at
https://www.gov.ca.gov/anews.php?id=4-2017-October.


Go here
for the 2018 California Legislative Calendar (PDF).


Public Policy Platform

Each year at the association's annual training conference, the CCCCA creates a public policy platform that is used throughout the year.

California Child Care Coordinators Association

2017-1918 Public Policy Platform

Approved by the Membership on September 29, 2017

The California Child Care Coordinators Association (CCCCA) is committed to the best outcomes for, and overall well-being of children from birth to 13 years old and their families by ensuring that all families have access to high quality early care and education programs that include:

• Developmentally appropriate curriculum
• Inclusive environments conducive to learning and development
• Family engagement and partnership
• Meaningful connections to comprehensive services
• Cultural and linguistic appropriateness and embrace of diversity
• Early identification and intervention processes
• Continuous quality improvement
• Access to a strong statewide infrastructure and local coordination of services

In order to create and support a quality early care and education system, CCCCA advocates for the following issues:

A robust licensing system to ensure that children are cared for in safe and healthy environments. CCCCA supports proposals that:
• Build a sufficiently funded, appropriately staffed, and supportive Community Care Licensing system that supports prospective and operating early care and education programs
• Make available technical assistance and resources to existing and potential licensed programs and providers that support quality
• Ensure annual inspections of licensed centers and family child care homes

A highly qualified workforce responsible for the care and education of our diverse populations of children that engages parents as partners in their children’s optimal growth and development. CCCCA supports proposals that:
• Recruit, retain and support a diverse, well-trained, well-educated, well-compensated early care and education professional workforce
• Establish compensation levels correlated with high educational attainment and experience
• Create access to high quality, coordinated educational and professional development systems that address cultural, linguistic, and literacy needs on a continuum from entry-level through degree attainment
• Provide ongoing professional development opportunities, including coaching and mentoring

Investments and strategies that increase the availability, accessibility and affordability of high quality early care and education services for all children. CCCCA supports proposals that:
• Ensure a diverse delivery system, inclusive of funding to all types of legal entities in both the public and private sectors
• Provide adequate funding to serve all eligible children from low-income families in need of child care subsidies, regardless of immigration status
• Ensure family eligibility that promotes continuity of care and assistance for children and families.
• Update family entry and exit income eligibility levels annually to the most current California State Median Income (SMI) for access to subsidized early care and education programs
• Ensure a fair and reasonable family fee schedule updated annually.
• Create opportunities for local planning councils and CDE contractors to provide feedback regarding family need and eligibility requirements outlined in chapter 19 & 19.5 of the Title 5 regulations, including revisions, additions and deletions of regulations
• Increase investments for infant and toddler care and other high need populations
• Assure access for unique populations of children and their families, including dual language learners, children at risk and/or with special developmental and health care needs, children experiencing homelessness, children under the supervision of the child welfare system, and children of teen parents
• Raise reimbursement rates to levels that meet the true cost of operating quality programs (centers and family child care homes) by region

Development of high quality learning environments and facilities that fully address the demand for early care and education services. CCCCA supports proposals that:

• Promote a broader representation of center and family child care participation in the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS)
• Provide technical assistance, professional development, training and coaching that remove barriers and support programs in reaching higher QRIS tiers
• Advocate for increased state and local funding to grow and sustain QRIS implementation
• Recommend inclusive environments for all children within a mixed delivery system (e.g. center-based, public/private, community based, school districts, family child care homes, etc.)
• Provide state and local resources to equitably improve and expand public and private capital resources and technical expertise to develop, finance, and maintain new and existing high quality facilities
• Award funding for construction or renovation of facilities in communities with unmet needs for early care and education services
• Promote new policies and policy amendments that support the development of early care and education facilities, including the integration of early care and education in land use, housing, transportation, and economic, workforce and community development

Streamlined and Efficient Administrative Systems within the California Department of Education - Early Education and Support Division and California Department of Social Services. CCCCA supports proposals that:

• Provide increased resources for local early care and education services and infrastructure, including additional funding for Local Planning Councils (LPCs) to meet the LPC legislative mandates as outlined in Education Code, Chapter 2.3, Article 1, Section 8499 and Article 2, Sections 8499.3, 8499.5 and 8499.7. and the increased need for the coordination of new strategies and additional funding streams at the local level
• Preserve local flexibility and decision-making within counties determining where LPC staffing and administration are located
• Create a well-financed and coordinated system of regulatory compliance and contracting processes, including the use of electronic signatures and data collection
• Build a streamlined single subsidy reimbursement system reflecting the actual current cost of providing high quality care
• Advocate for state and federal budget and policy determinations that result in protected, sustained, and increased funding sources for early care and education services.
• Restore funding for all early care and education programs as part of the educational continuum
• Coordinate across state and county agencies to support an array of comprehensive services comprised of physical and mental health, prevention and early intervention, K-12 and higher education, community and economic development, family support, food/nutrition, social services and recreation activities
• Ensure streamlined data collection systems that provide opportunities to understand the needs of children and their families, and the impact of the services they access
• Make further investments that support the ongoing efforts of  Local Planning Councils in the collection, analysis and sharing of data that informs state and local legislators, key stakeholders and early care and education partners throughout the state of California
• Revise the current methodology used to determine priority zip codes for each county and allow Local Planning Councils the flexibility to rank local priorities based on the most current and accurate data available.

 

 
 

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