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2016 Supported Legislation and Proposals for Fixing Our Broken Child Care System

State Budget Request: $15 an hour minimum for ALL Early Care Education Workers
Currently, thousands of family child care providers and center-based early educators earn poverty wages because of low reimbursement rates. In the case of family child care, the problem is even worse with providers significantly earning less than the current minimum wage. Many providers and centers are struggling to stay open and maintain services because state reimbursement rates and revenue have remained flat while the minimum wage and related wage rates that staff and assistants earn increase.

State Budget Request: Women’s Caucus State Budget Investment for Access to Child care
To accurately reflect the reality that California is a state where mothers are significant contributors to the economy, the Legislative Women’s Caucus requests an initial investment of $800 million in the 2016-17 budget to repair the infrastructure of a state-supported child care system that has been built over many years and is at risk of deteriorating due to recession-era budget cuts. This investment would serve tens of thousands of children, prioritize our youngest learners (0-3 year olds), prevent disruption of care for children, and recognize the importance and professional nature of the work early educators deliver to our state’s working families.

Provider Appeal Process for Child Care Subsidies through the Alternative Payment Program – AB 2133 (Chu)
Currently, licensed and unlicensed family child care providers have no mandated recourse for pay and other disagreements with agencies. This bill would provide child care providers with the same appeal rights provided to parents when issues arise within the state subsidized child care system that can’t be resolved at the local level.

Establish 12-Month Eligibility for Child Care Assistance – AB 2150 (Santiago)
This bill would mandate public child care benefits for a minimum of 12 months – a guarantee that cannot be undone through burdensome reporting requirements. This bill also supports parents’ and children’s stability by increasing the income level before families must exit child care assistance.

Repeal of the Maximum Family Grant – SB 23 (Mitchell)
This bill would prohibits denial of aid or denial of an increase in the maximum aid payment to a CalWORKs applicant or recipient due to a child being born into the applicant’s or recipient’s family while the family is receiving CalWORKs aid.

Codification of Resource and Referral Agency Role – SB 1154 (Liu)
This bill will update the Resource and Referral statute to reflect the current responsibilities of the local child care resource and referral agencies. 

Early Educator Occupational Health, Safety and Training ACT – SB 1420 (Mendoza)
This act requires child care caregivers to receive training on occupational safety and health, including ways to identify and avoid risks from toxic chemicals, illness, stress and physical hazards. This training will improve health and safety for caregivers and the children in their care, and will help meet the requirement of this workforce to comply with the federal Child Care and Development Block Grant Act which was reauthorized in 2014.

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