SB 1154- Senator Liu
The Patricia Siegel Child Care Resource and Referral Memorial Act of 2016
It is with deep regret that I inform you that SB 1154, The Patty Siegel Child Care Resource and Referral Memorial Act of 2016, has failed to leave its house of origin by the deadline and is no longer an active bill. The Senate Appropriations Committee cited cost pressures as the primary reason for not removing the bill from the suspense file.
The Network had hoped that this might be the year to update the California Education Code in order to more accurately reflect the work that R&Rs do. With the passing of our founder and the looming accountability reflected in the Child Care and Development Block Grant, we truly believed that this was the perfect time to make these changes.
We would like to thank all who wrote letters, made phone calls and visited the Capitol on behalf of this legislation.
Lola M. Cornish
Bill Summary: SB 1154 (Liu) amends Sections 8210, 8211, 8212, 8214, 8215, and 8216; adds Sections 8212.5, 8215.5, and 8218, and repeals Section 8212.3 of the education code to update and clarify the role of resource and referral programs.
Child Care Resource and Referral (R&R) agencies are located in every county in California. Over the last four decades, R&R services have evolved from a grassroots effort to help parents find child care, to a well-developed system that supports parents, providers, and local communities in finding, planning for, and providing affordable, quality child care. While R&R agencies have evolved, the California Code which governs them has not.