We thank the Governor and the Assembly and Senate leaders for remaining committed to invest in our youngest Californians and for supporting the working parents and our local and regional economies. Please take a moment to send a thank you to our Governor and Legislative leaders for investing in child care and early education.
Details of the announced budget include:
New child care spaces: A total of approximately 13,000 with 90% of these spaces in full day care.
- 6,800 new vouchers – effective July 1, 2015
- 5,830 full day preschool, including wrap (Prop 98 funded) - effective January 1, 2016
- 1,200 full day preschool spaces (Prop 98 and non Prop 98 funded) - effective January 1, 2016
- 5% increase in the Standard Reimbursement Rate - effective July 1, 2015
- 4.5% increase in the Regional Market Rate to all providers based on their current rates - effective October 1, 2015
- 5% increase in the license-exempt percentage from 60 to 65 percent effective October 1, 2015
- $300,000 to the Resource & Referral Network for statewide data and technology (one time federal funds)!
- $24.2 million in one-time quality grants to existing consortia for infant/toddler QRIS (one time federal funds)
Child Care efficiencies savings:
- $145 million comes from moving contracts with LEAs with both funds from General funds and Prop 98 funds into a single contact under Prop 98. By consolidating LEA contracts, it creates efficiencies so that General funds are freed up (and reallocated into the $165 million of General funds that are in the child care budget.
The Governor’s May Revision included over $48 million including:
- $30 million Prop. 98 increase for the Early Education Program for Infants and Toddlers with Exceptional Needs
- $12.1 million in Prop. 98 funding to provide access to 2,500 more children in part day State Preschool with a priority focus on children with exceptional needs
- A 1% ($6 million) increase in reimbursement rates for preschool. This proposal also requires State Preschool programs to provide parents with information about local resources for screening and development of developmental disabilities, and professional development that provides teachers with training on behavioral strategies and targeted interventions to increase kindergarten readiness to improve children’s outcomes
- A 1.02% cost of living adjustment