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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: Oct. 23, 2019

The following are bills we are co-sponsoring:

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

AB 123/McCartyPre-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/ReyesBilingualism 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/ 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/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/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/Rubio, Blanca

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/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/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/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/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/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)

The following are bills we are watching:


AB 324/Aguiar-Curry

Would amend existing law that allocates funds to the local child care and development councils to address the retention of qualified early educators working with children in state subsidized centers.

Current Status: Held in Committee


SB 217/Portantino, Roth

Requires, for the 2019–20 school year and each school year thereafter, a school district or charter school to admit a child to a transitional kindergarten (TK) program who will have their 5th birthday after December 2 but during that same school year if the child is an individual with exceptional needs. Would establish the Special Education Early Intervention Grant Program, and require as part of that program, subject to an appropriation in the annual Budget Act or another statute, the SPI to allocate to school districts $4,000 per child within the school district of residence who is 3 or 4 years of age, is an individual with exceptional needs, and is enrolled in TK, CSPP, a federal Head Start program, or any other early education preschool program.

Current Status: Held in Committee


SB 421/Pan

Establishes the Children’s Cabinet of CA to consist of the SPI, the Secretary of CA Health and Human Services, and the head of each agency and department within the state that provides services for, or has jurisdiction over the well-being of children and would set forth its powers and duties, including promoting and implementing information sharing, collaboration, increased efficiency, and improved service delivery among and within the state’s child-serving agencies, departments, and organizations.

Current Status: Held in Committee


SB 594/Rubio

Establishes the English Learner Roadmap Initiative, under the administration of the department and the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE). The bill would:

  • Require the department and the CCEE to identify and select a professional organization or organizations with expertise relating to English learners and the EL Roadmap, and work in coordination with that organization or those organizations
  • Commencing with the 2020-21 school year, require the department and the CCEE to award grants to county offices of education, school districts, consortia of charter schools, and nonprofit organizations with demonstrated expertise in English learner instruction

Current Status: Held in Committee

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