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Parent Voices Co-Sponsored Legislation

2019:

  • AB 194: (Gomez-Reyes) Building Equitable Futures For All Act. Sponsored by Parent Voices, Child Care Law Center, CA Child Care Resource & Referral Network, Child Care Resource Center, CAPPA. ECE Coalition Priority Bill

To address the child care affordability crisis in CA that leaves nearly 2 million eligible children without access to quality child care – 86% of whom are children of color, AB 194 invests $1 billion over three years into the child care system. The funding will expand access to the affordable, flexible child care that will have two-generational impact – by both supporting the child’s healthy development and mothers can build their family’s economic security.

  • SB 321: A Strong Start for CalWORKs Families Act Sponsored by Parent Voices, Child Care Law Center, SEIU/UDW

This billl seeks to fulfill the promise made when the CalWORKS program was created 20 years ago, that families would have affordable child care to keep their children safe and learning and that families would experience no break in child care services as they transitioned between the three CalWORKs child care stages. The lack of initial, stable child care holds families back and threatens their ability to fully benefit from the safety net supports of the CalWORKs program. By aligning the technology, systems and infrastructure of our programs, this bill will give all children a strong start and their working mothers the viable chance to attain economic security.

2018: 

  • AB 60 Child Care Protections for Working Families Sponsored by Parent Voices and  Child Care Law Center. Passed both houses with unanimous bipartisan support 80-0; Vetoed by the Governor for cost pressures.

AB 60 identified a technological solution to addressing disruptions in child care services for families transferring between the stages of CalWORKs child care assistance.

2017:

  • AB 273: (Aguiar-Curry)Unlocking Opportunities for Families Sponsored by Parent Voices, Women’s Foundation of CA-Women’s Policy Institute-Signed by the Governor in Oct 2017!

AB 273 would give low-income families greater access to subsidized childcare services by adding enrollment in English as a Second Language (ESL) and High School Equivalency (HSE) Certification Preparation courses to the existing eligibility requirements to qualify for child care assistance.

  • AB 60 (Santiago and Gonzalez) Child Care Protections for Working Families
    Sponsored by Parent Voices, Child Care Law Center, and First 5 CA-Passed the Assembly by unanimous bipartisan support 80-0; It was held in Committee because the provisions of AB 60 were implemented through the State Budget.

This measure will help eligible families achieve stability by guaranteeing a minimum of 12-months of continuous child care without punitive interim reporting requirements which will help to build their family’s economic security. In addition, it will end the decade long freeze on income guidelines that has resulted in families turning down hard earned raises and promotions in order to remain eligible for child care assistance.

2016:

  • AB 2150 (Santiago, Weber, and Gonzalez) Child Care Protections for Working Families Sponsored by Parent Voices and Child Care Law Center-Passed the Assembly by unanimous bipartisan support 80-0; Passed Senate Education Committee 9-0; Held in Senate Appropriations due to cost.

This measure will help eligible families achieve stability by guaranteeing a minimum of 12-months of continuous child care without punitive interim reporting requirements which will help to build their family’s economic security. In addition, it will end the decade long freeze on income guidelines that has resulted in families turning down hard earned raises and promotions in order to remain eligible for child care assistance.