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2021-2022 California State Budget for Early Learning and Health: May Revise

Universal Transitional Kindergarten (UTK)

  • $2.7B Ongoing Proposition 98 ($900M in 2022-23, growing to $2.7B in 2024-25). Implementation of UTK.
  • $740M Ongoing General Fund ($380M in 2022-23, growing to $740M). Provides one additional certificate or classified staff person in each Transitional Kindergarten (TK) classroom.
  • $250M One-time Proposition 98. Planning and implementation grants for school districts to prepare for UTK roll out.
  • $190M TK infrastructure grants to construct or renovate classrooms for TK expansion.
  • $10M One-time General Fund. Funds the Department of Education to update the Preschool Learning Foundations.

Child Care

  • $1.3B Maintain current funding for California State Preschool Program.
  • $667M 100,000 additional child care slots.
  • $579M One-time COVID-19 Response and Relief Appropriation.
    • One-time stipend of $3,500 to $6,500 for all providers.
    • Per-child stipends for subsidized child care and preschool providers.
    • Waive family fees from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.
    • $25M for the expansion of the California Child Care Initiative Project to increase the number of licensed child care homes.
    • $10.6M for early childhood mental health consultation.
    • 16 non-operational days for providers accepting vouchers that have to close due to COVID-related reasons.
    • Continue hold harmless funding for child care providers that contract directly with the state.
  • $250M One-time federal American Rescue Plan. Funds infrastructure for child care facilities, focusing on child care deserts.
  • $83M Ongoing Proposition 64. Additional 6,500 new child care slots.
  • $20M Multi-year effort to strengthen existing quality improvement supports and systems.
  • $10M One-time federal American Rescue Plan. Supports for Resource and Referral Agencies.

TK-12th Grade

  • $3B One-time Proposition 98, available over several years. Expands the implementation and use of the community school model.
  • $1.1B Ongoing Proposition 98. Increases the LCFF Concentration Grant by 65% to increase the number of certificated and classified staff, including school counselors, nurses, teachers, paraprofessionals, and other student support providers.
  • $1B Ongoing Proposition 98. Afterschool and summer school programs for children in school districts serving the highest percentages of low-income students.
  • $150M Ongoing Proposition 98. Encourages local educational agencies to participate in one of the federal universal meal provisions.

Whole Child, Whole Family

  • $2B One-time federal American Rescue Plan in 2021-22 (assumes $170M ongoing General Fund beginning in 2022-23). Establishes college savings accounts for all current low-income public school students with a $500 initial deposit.
  • $1B One-time General Fund. Expands the infrastructure for delivering behavioral health services to children and youth through the Children and Youth Behavioral Health Initiative.

Teacher Preparation

  • $100M One-time Proposition 98. Supports more than 5,000 classified school staff in becoming credentialed teachers through the Classified School Employee Teacher Credentialing Program.
  • $70.1M $65.5M one-time Proposition 98 and $45.6M one-time General Fund. Establishes the Roadmap to Pre-K through 12 Educational Employment Program to recruit and develop a diverse and talented educational workforce.
  • $50M Ongoing Proposition 98. Expands vocational training opportunities and English as a Second Language (ESL) programs for ESL students at community colleges.
  • $20M One-time General Fund. Provides a credential fee waiver in 2021-22 for individuals entering the K-12 educator workforce.
  • $10M One-time Proposition 98. Pilot implementation of competency-based education at select community colleges.

Special Education

  • $1.2M Federal IDEA funds ($1.1 million one-time). Funding and one position to increase access to more inclusive settings for three-, four-, and five-year-olds.
  • $300M Ongoing Proposition 98. Maintains January Budget proposal for the Special Early Intervention Grant.


  • $10.9M $10.4M General Fund. Funding and 79 positions to provide adequate infrastructure to support the child care system, program enhancements, and to develop a whole-child/whole-family approach to child care integration and data development.
  • $6M Offer Direct Deposit to child care contractors.
  • $4.8M One-time General Fund. Supports planning and initial implementation for the design of a child care data system.
  • Funding shift Shifts $31.7M and 185.7 positions from the California Department of Education to the California Department of Social Services to administer child care and nutrition programs.

Infant and Maternal Health

  • $90.5M $90.5 M ($45.3 from General Fund) in 2021-2022 and $362.2M ($181.1 M from General Fund) annually between 2022-23 and 2027-28. Five-Year Medi-Cal Eligibility Extension for Postpartum Individuals.
  • $403K $152,000 General Fund in 2021-22 and approximately $4.4 million ($1.7 million General Fund) annually at full implementation. Adds doula services as a covered benefit in the Medi-Cal program, effective January 1, 2022.

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