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2021-2022 California State Budget for Early Learning and Health

Read Early Edge California’s Summary of Early Learning items included in the 2021 K-12 Omnibus Trailer Bill.

January Proposal*

Early Learning

  • $250M Expand Extended Transitional Kindergarten (TK)
  • $200M TK and Kindergarten Facilities
  • $44M Ongoing funds to support 4,700 additional child care vouchers
  • $5M Grants to local libraries to support Early Learning and after-school programs

Early Learning Workforce

  • $50M Training and Professional Development for TK and Kindergarten Teachers
  • $8.3M California Early Math Initiative to provide professional development in mathematics teaching strategies for children in Pre-K-3rd grade
  • $55M Support child care providers’ and families’ needs as a result of the pandemic
  • 1.5% Cost of living increase for State Preschool reimbursement rates 

Special Education

  • $300M Ongoing funds to increase services for children ages 0-5 with special needs

TK – 3rd Grade

  • $450M $425M in one-time funds and $25M ongoing to improve partnerships between schools and community behavioral health to increase access to student mental health supports
  • $265M Develop a range of community school models that holistically address the needs of children
  • $50M Create statewide resources and provide professional development on social-emotional learning and trauma-informed practice
  • $25M Expand the Classified School Employees Credentialing Program, which supports non-certificated school employees to become certificated classroom teachers
  • 3.84% Cost of living increase for Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)


  • $15M $3M one-time and $12M ongoing to support development of a cradle-to-career database

Federal Stimulus

  • $1B Anticipated federal stimulus funding. The 2020-21 Budget guides federal stimulus money as follows:
    • $100M Child care vouchers for essential workers
    • $90M Child care provider stipends
    • $35M Paid non-operational days for providers 
    • $30M Reimburse providers for waived family fees
    • $30M Increase capacity for subsidized child care and Pre-K
    • $15M Support providers with costs of re-opening


  • $118B Annual funding for Medi-Cal: anticipated increase to $122B in 2021-22; expected enrollment of 15.6M Californians, or 40% of state population, by 2021-22
  • $3B Allocates $274M of General Fund, $718 of Proposition 56, and $2B in federal funding to delay the suspension of Proposition 56 supplemental payments to improve care delivery in Medi-Cal, such as well child visits and developmental screenings 
  • $1B Ongoing funding to implement CalAIM, which will improve integration of programs, resulting in whole person care, improving outcomes and reducing disparities
  • $95M Ongoing funding to expand access to telehealth 
  • $27M Delays suspension of funding for Medi-Cal Postpartum Eligibility, which serves women diagnosed with postpartum depression
  • $5M Implements community navigators at regional centers to help parents of children with special needs increase their awareness and utilization of services available to them and their children

TK – 12 School Reopening

  • $2B Support safe in-person learning for children in TK-2nd grades by February 16
  • $4.6B Support extended-day or extended-year school programs to help address student learning loss from COVID-19
  • $250M Professional development for teachers, administrators, and staff in areas including accelerated learning, re-engaging students, and implicit bias 
  • $7M Create professional development to help teachers address learning loss in core subjects

*All allocations are one-time unless otherwise noted.

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