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2018-19 Final Outcome

  •  $220.4 million to fund 13,407 new Alternative Payment Program voucher spaces.
    11,307 CCDBG-funded vouchers start on July 1, 2018, using $204.6 million in CCDBG
    funds over a two year period. The vouchers will expire July 1, 2020, unless the increased federal funding continues. 2,100 General Fund slots begin September 1, 2018, and are ongoing. ($15.833 million General Fund (non-Proposition 98); $204.6 million CCDBG).
  • $167 million one-time funds for the Inclusive Early Education Expansion Program.
    This will fund one-time competitive grants for infrastructure to high need school districts to create inclusive ECE classrooms. (Proposition 98).
  • $114 million to fund increased caseload and higher reimbursement rates for all three
    stages of CalWORKs child care. (General Fund; federal TANF and CCDBG).
     $54 million to fund a 2.71% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for all nonCalWORKs child care programs and the state preschool program. ($30 million
    Proposition 98; $24 million General Fund).
  • $48 million to increase the Standard Reimbursement Rate (SRR) by 2.8%. Combined
    with the COLA above, the SRR increase for this year is 5.6%. ($32 million Proposition 98; $16 million General Fund).
  • $39.7 million to increase the Standard Reimbursement Rate (SRR) adjustment
    factors for infants, toddlers, children with exceptional needs, and children with severe
    disabilities. (General Fund).
  • $38 million to annualize the Regional Market Rate (RMR) increase from last year’s
    adoption of the 2016 RMR Survey, and to make the hold harmless provisions
    permanent. This includes $24 million to annualize the cost of adopting the 75th percentile of the updated 2016 Regional Market Rate Survey as of January 1, 2018.5
    It also includes $14 million to make the hold harmless provisions permanent. ($33 million General Fund; $5million federal funds).
  • $21 million to annualize the Emergency Child Care Bridge Program cost. This funds
    short-term child care vouchers in participating counties for children in out-of-home
    placements, and navigators based in the local resource and referral agencies. ($11 million General Funds; $10 million Title IV-E).
  • $18 million to add 2,959 full-day slots in the state preschool program, and annualize
    costs of slots added April 1, 2018. These slots were part of the multi-year plan in the 2016-17 budget agreement. (Proposition 98).

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.