Our hard work has paid off, Assembly Bill 74 (Calderon) has made it to the Governor Brown's desk awaiting his signature. Please take a moment to send the letter below urging Governor Brown to sign AB 74 into law!
California’s licensing program performs the essential function of protecting the basic health and safety of children and adults in care. Budget cuts over the past few years and compliance procedures have resulted in a program that provides inadequate oversight and monitoring of community care facilities, which include family child care homes and child care centers, children’s residential facilities, such as foster homes, assisted living facilities, and other special agencies. Prior to 2003, the required frequency of CCLD facility visits was annually for most facility types (and tri-annually for family child care). Currently, five years or more may elapse between site visits from the licensing program, which is hardly frequent enough to ensure minimum safety in an industry with high staff turnover. AB 74 will require annual unannounced visits for all licensed facilities. Show your support for protecting the health and safety of children and adults receiving care. Support annual unannounced visits. Support AB 74!
Where does California rank in State Child Care Regulations and Oversight? Check out this report by Child Care Aware of America to find out: 2013 We Can Do Better Report. Also from Child Care Aware a one-pager on Inspections to Promote Child Safety and Learning.
Learn more about California's child care inspection system with the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit: California Lags Behind in Child Care Oversight
Read the Network's letter to Assembly Member Calderon in support of AB 74 and our response to recent media articles regarding this issue: Child Care Resource & Referral Supporting California's Families.
What can you do?
Send the letter below to Governor Brown urging him to SUPPORT AB 74 (Calderon)!