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Californians are ready for our lawmakers to invest in the future of our youngest children by increasing the quality and availability of Early Learning programs in our state.

In collaboration with our partner organizations we:

  • Educate lawmakers and stakeholders about the importance of the early years,

  • We provide information on promising evidence-based models to improve quality Early Learning and

  • We make recommendations on investments needed at the state level to meet the needs of children, parents and Early Learning Teachers

Updated: April 28, 2020

Early Edge California’s 2020 Sponsored Bills:

Help us to make quality early learning a reality for all California children. Contact your state representative today.

AB 2516 (Asm. Reyes)

Co-sponsored by Early Edge California, Children Now, Californians Together, CABE, and MomsRising

Makes critical investments in bilingual education and teacher preparation, beginning in early childhood and continuing through high school graduation. 

It is anticipated that AB 2516 (Reyes) will be amended to address distance learning of dual language learners and their families which will allow for it to be heard in policy committees and to continue through the legislative process.

Current Status:  Assembly Education Committee

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AB 2581 (Asm. Reyes, Mullin) 

Co-sponsored by Early Edge California and Kidango

Would establish, under the umbrella of the California Health and Human Services Agency, a new Department of Early Childhood Development (DECD). This new department would centralize and build a coherent and whole child Early Learning system to improve the service delivery for children, families, and providers by maximizing federal, state, and local resources.

Current Status: Assembly Appropriations Committee

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SB 959 (Sen. Hurtado)

Co-sponsored by Early Edge California and The Children’s Partnership

Would ensure that early childhood programs have “safe space” policies in order to protect the safety, privacy, and wellbeing of young children and their families.

Current Status: Active

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AB 123 (Asm. McCarty) 

Co-sponsored by Early Edge California, Kidango, California Federation of Teachers (CFT), Advancement Project, and LA Chamber of Commerce

Expands access to full-day preschool for all four-year-olds who are eligible based on income, all four-year-olds living in low-income neighborhoods, and all three-year-olds living in poverty.  This bill also increases salaries and qualifications for preschool teachers.

Current Status: Senate Education Committee

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AB 2500 (Asms. McCarty, Reyes, Ting and Sens. Dodd, Gonzalez, Rubio) 

Co-sponsored by Early Edge California, California School Employees Association (CSEA), and Kidango

Complements and builds upon the existing TK law and the California State Preschool program to provide universal access to Early Learning by offering TK to all four-year-olds.

Current Status: Assembly Education Committee

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Our 2019 Sponsored and Supported Bills

The following are bills we co-sponsored:

AB 123 (Asm. McCarty) – Pre-K For All
Early Childhood Education: State Preschool Program: Transitional Kindergarten: Access: Standards

Co-sponsored by Early Edge California and Kidango

AB 123 expands access to preschool for all 4-year-olds living in low-income neighborhoods and all 3-year-olds in poverty, and raises preschool quality and funding to help close the school readiness gap. 

  • Expands access to full-day, full-year preschool for all 4-year-olds who live in a neighborhood where more than 70% of students are eligible for free or reduced-priced meals. AB 123 also ensures that all 3-year-olds in poverty receive two years of high-quality preschool.
  • Increases salaries and qualifications of preschool teachers to support children’s learning with adequate financial supports.
  • Raises preschool quality to what is proven to work and increases funding.
  • Provides scholarships for teachers to pursue higher education in Early Learning fields.

Current Status: Two Year Bill

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AB 1012 (Asm. Reyes) – Bilingualism For All Act of 2020

Co-sponsored by Early Edge California, CABE, Californians Together and Advancement Project 

AB 1012 makes critical investments in bilingual education, beginning in early childhood and continuing through high school graduation.This bill builds on previous state investments by providing multi-year support to build the capacity of teachers to help students become bilingual and biliterate, beginning in early childhood and throughout their educational journey.

Current Status: Held in Committee

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The following are bills we support:

AB 6 (Asms. Reyes, McCarty)

This bill would establish in the California Department of Education, on or before January 1, 2021, the Early Childhood Education Branch, in order to ensure a holistic implementation of early childhood education programs and universal preschool. The bill would require the office to have specified responsibilities, including the  responsibility of coordinating services with the California Department of Social Services and the California Health and Human Services Agency to ensure that social and health services are provided to children in early childhood education programs and to identify families eligible for early childhood education financial assistance.

Current Status: Two Year Bill


AB 124 (Asm. McCarty) – Preschool Facilities Bond Act of 2020

Enacts the Preschool Facilities Bond Act of 2020. Authorizes the issuance of bonds in the amount of $500,000,000 pursuant to the State General Obligation Bond Law to finance a preschool facility grant program.

Current Status: Held in Committee


AB 125 (Asm. McCarty) – Early Childhood Education: Reimbursement Rates

Expresses Legislative intent to establish a single regionalized state reimbursement rate system for child care, preschool and early learning services that would achieve specified objectives.

Current Status: Two Year Bill


AB 167 (Asm. Rubio)

This bill would create the California Partnership for Infants and Toddlers, and would provide that a state grant to support the partnership shall be made available and distributed, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to qualifying childcare and development programs and family childcare home education networks that serve infants and toddlers from birth to three years of age at a base grant amount of $4,000 annually per child, adjusted
as specified. The bill would require the Superintendent to determine which childcare and development programs and family childcare home education networks qualify for that funding and to establish standards for grantees to ensure high-quality infant and toddler childcare.

Current Status: Held in Committee


AB 194 (Asm. Reyes) – Childcare and Development Services

Enacts legislation to appropriate $1 billion to immediately improve access to alternative payment programs and general childcare and development programs that subsidize services for low-income families.

Current Status: Held in Committee


AB 378 (Asm. Limon)

Authorizes family child care (FCC) providers (licensed and license exempt) to form, join, and participate in the activities of provider organizations and to seek the certification of a provider organization to act as the representative for FCC providers on matters related to child care subsidy programs.

Current Status: Signed by Governor


AB 452 (Asm. Mullin)

Would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that appropriates between $25 million and $35 million to create a grant program to develop child care facilities that serve children from birth to three years of age, of which no less than $10 million to be provided to Early Head Start program facilities to serve children.

Current Status: Held in Committee


SB 174 (Sen. Leyva)

Enacts legislation that would establish a single regionalized state reimbursement rate system for subsidized early care and education services; requires the CDE to create a plan by January 1, 2021 for the reimbursement rate system and ensure that the plan’s methodology includes items such as competitive compensation for early childhood teachers and providers.

Current Status: Two Year Bill


SB 443 (Sen. Rubio)

Deletes the provision that prohibits a pupil admitted to TK who has their birthday after December 2 from generating average daily attendance or being included in the enrollment or unduplicated pupil count.

Current Status: Held in Committee

(We support this bill with amendments)

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