Today, the Assembly Budget Committee passed a budget that includes a significant investment in childcare: over $618 million! Highlights include:
- 6,000 voucher slots
- 7,500 part-day and 2,500 full-day preschool slots
- Increase Regional Market Rate (RMR) to 80th percentile of 2014 RMR Survey
- Increase License-exempt reimbursement rate to 80% of Family Child Care Home rate
- 15% increase in Standard Reimbursement Rates (SRR)
- 12 month eligibility and increase eligibility threshold to 85% of State Median Income (SMI)
The Assembly has proposed a meaningful plan to reinvest in California’s child care system, getting us closer to ensuring that every family has access quality, affordable child care. But there is still work to be done.
Within a week, the Assembly and Senate will begin to negotiate a budget to present to Governor Brown. We will ask you to contact Budget Conference Committee members to urge them to accept the Assembly Early Education Plan in their final budget. Anything less will only hurt families and child care providers working hard to care for our children.
To help make sure committee members don’t back down, please send a message of appreciation to Budget Chair Assembly Member Phil Ting. With his leadership and direction, the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance was able to take the bold steps necessary to make child care and early education a top priority. Thank him today! It’s quick and easy.