Thursday, March 30, 2018, Early Childhood Leaders from Across the State, Collaborated for a Unified Message on Behalf of California’s Youngest Children.
March 7, 2018
The Legislative Brief included the Following Highlights…
Critical investments for new child care spaces, adequate per-child funding, age appropriate facilities and infrastructure, start-up support, and professional development for all care settings are necessary to enhance our child care system.
Increasing access through the Alternative Payment Program, which provides working parents a voucher to utilize in the child care setting of their choice, is the most immediate way to help address this severe shortage in our mix delivery system.
Building up the infrastructure and capacity of center-based program to serve more children, particularly infants and toddlers, is also key to expanding access.
Increases Provider Support across the ECE System to Improve Services to Infants and Toddlers
Support current bills that accomplish this goal such as, AB 605 Mullin, AB 2001 Reyes, and AB 2292 Aguiar-Curry.
Create a single child care license, for birth - first grade to streamline high quality early learning environments.
Invest in the capacity and infrastructure that will be needed to ensure increased services for infants and toddlers across the state.
Borden the Governor’s Proposed Early Education Expansion Program
Use the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) definition of Early Childhood Inclusion to ensure equitable opportunities for all types of early learning providers.
Ensure funding provides significant support for facilities, equipment, professional development and other quality improvements across our mix-delivery system.