2017-18 Final Outcome
- $25 million to update income guidelines and adopt twelve-month eligibility!!! Read our press release.
- Funding for 2,959 full day state preschool slots administered by Local Education Agencies. If they don’t spend the money, it can be used by non-LEAs for part-time preschool;
- Restore the 5% “paused” increase to this year’s Standard Reimbursement Rate paid to contracted child care centers and preschools, and provide an additional 6.16% increase for this year;
- $42.2 million to increase the Regional Market Rate Reimbursement to child care providers serving low-income families
- Annualizes last year’s increase, and updates the rate to the 2016 Regional Market Rate Survey, effective January 1, 2018;
- $15 million to fund emergency child care for foster children, beginning Jan 1, 2018 and $31 million ongoing to establish a voluntary county program that would provide emergency vouchers and $5 Million to the R&R’s for navigation services for families;
- Title 22 regulations and staffing ratios still apply to LEA-administered preschools. Establish a stakeholder group, led by the LAO, to examine health and safety regulatory requirements under Title 22, and to report back to the Legislature by March 2018.
2016-17 Final Outcomes
Governor Jerry Brown signed the 2016-2017 budget bill which included a $145 million investment this year, building up to over $500 million over the next 4 years. The 2016-2017 spending plan:
- Increases Regional Market Rates to the 75th percentile of the 2014 survey as of January 1, 2017
- Increases Licensed Exempt Rates from 65 percent to 70 percent of the Family Child Care Home Rate as of January 1, 2017.
- Increases Standard Reimbursement Rates by 10 percent across-the-board effective January 1, 2017.
- Provides $100 million in Proposition 98 funding for 8,877 additional full-day State Preschool Slots to be phased in over 4 years. Specifically, $7.8 million in 2016-17, $39.6 million in 2017-2018, $73 million in 2018-19, and $100 million in 2019-20.
- Repeals the CalWORKS Maximum Family Grant rule, which prohibited a grant increase when a child was born to a parent already receiving CalWORKS.