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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 educators

The following are bills we support:

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

AB 123/McCarty – 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.
  • Builds a more unified preschool system by aligning standards and making it easier to blend State Preschool, Transitional Kindergarten and Head Start to provide high-quality, full-day, full-year preschool that meets the needs of working families.

Current Status: Assembly Desk


AB 124/McCarty – Preschool Facilities Bond Act of 2020

This bill would enact the Preschool Facilities Bond Act of 2020 which, if approved by the voters, would authorize the issuance of bonds in the amount of $500 million.

Current Status: Assembly Desk


AB 125/McCarty – Early Childhood Education: Reimbursement Rates

Assembly Bill 125 would  establish a single regionalized state reimbursement rate system for early childhood education learning services. This would include increasing rates to compensate teachers and providers based on quality standards and incentivizing quality by providing financial incentives for ongoing professional development and rewarding higher quality standards of care.

Current Status: Assembly Desk


AB 6/Reyes – Early Childhood Education: Office of Early Childhood Education

This bill would establish the Office of Early Childhood Education 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: Assembly Education Committee


AB 15/Nazarian –  Children’s Savings Account Program

Existing law establishes the Every Kid Counts College Savings Program, which requires the Student Aid Commission to implement and administer a grant program that supports local governments and other entities that sponsor one or more comprehensive citywide or regional children’s savings account programs to help families, especially low-income families with young children, establish and maintain college savings accounts. This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact future legislation to establish a universal statewide children’s savings account program, established for each child at entrance into kindergarten, to ensure that California’s children and families save, build assets, and achieve economic mobility.

Current Status: Assembly Desk


AB 24/Burke – Targeted Child Tax Credit

Existing law establishes various programs that provide cash assistance and other benefits relating to health care, food, and housing, among other things, to qualified low-income families and individuals, including, among others, the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids Act (CalWORKs program), the California Earned Income Tax Credit, Medi-Cal, CalFresh, the California Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC Program), and the Emergency Housing and Assistance Program. This bill would declare the Legislature’s intent to enact legislation that would establish a Targeted Child Tax Credit as recommended by the task force.

Current Status: Assembly Desk


AB 48/O’Donnell – Kindergarten-Community Colleges Public Education Facilities Bond Acts of 2020 and 2022

This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would create the Kindergarten Community Colleges Public Education Facilities Bond Acts of 2020 and 2022, state general obligation bond acts that would provide funds to construct and modernize education facilities, to become operative only if approved by the voters at unspecified 2020 and 2022 elections, and to provide for the submission of the bond acts to the voters at those elections.

Current Status: Assembly Desk


AB 167/Rubio, Blanca – Childcare and Development Services: Infants and Toddlers: State Funding

This bill would create the California Childcare-Early Head Start Partnership, and would provide that a state grant to support the partnership that supplements any federal funding 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 3 years of age at a base grant amount of $4,000 annually per child, adjusted as specified.

Current Status: Assembly Desk


AB 186/Cervantes – Income Taxes: Credits: Apprenticeships

This bill would, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2020, and before January 1, 2024, would allow a credit against the taxes imposed under the Personal Income Tax Law and the Corporation Tax Law in an amount equal to $1 for each hour a registered apprentice worked in the taxable year, up to $1,000 each for up to 10 registered apprentices, as defined, trained by the taxpayer in the taxable year. This bill would provide that the credit would have an aggregate cap of $10 million for each calendar year.

Current Status: Assembly Desk


AB 190/Ting – Budget Act of 2019

This bill, and Senate Bill 73, are the main State Budget bills.

Current Status: Assembly Desk


AB 194/Reyes – Childcare and Development Services

The Child Care and Development Services Act (Act), administered by the California Department of Education (CDE), provides that children from infancy to 13 years of age are eligible for federal and state subsidized child development services if their families meet at least one requirement in each of certain areas. The Act requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to administer general childcare and development programs with funds appropriated for these purposes, as provided. The Act also requires the CDE to contract with local contracting agencies for alternative payment programs for services provided throughout the state. This bill would make legislative findings and declarations relating to early care and education programs and would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to appropriate $1 billion to immediately improve access to alternative payment programs and general childcare and development programs.

Current Status: Assembly Desk


AB 196/Gonzalez – Paid Family Leave

Existing law establishes, within the state disability insurance program, a family temporary disability insurance program, also known as the paid family leave program, for the provision of wage replacement benefits to workers who take time off work to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a minor child within one year of birth or placement, as specified. This bill would state the Legislature’s intent to enact legislation that would expand the paid family leave program in order to provide a 100% wage replacement benefit for workers earning $100,000 or less annually.

Current Status: Assembly Desk


AB 197/ Weber – Full-Day Kindergarten

Existing law provides that school districts offering kindergarten may maintain kindergarten classes at different school sites for different lengths of time. This bill would require, commencing with the 2021-22 school year, school districts offering kindergarten to implement a full-day kindergarten program, thereby imposing a state-mandated local program. The bill would provide that a minimum school day for full-day kindergarten is the same number of minutes per school day that is offered to pupils in 1st grade.

Current Status: Assembly Desk


SB 2/Glazer – Statewide Longitudinal Student Database

This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to establish the Statewide Longitudinal Student Database to collect and store data regarding individual students as they matriculate through P-20, as defined, and into the workforce. The bill would require the California Postsecondary Education Commission to convene a review committee for purposes of advising the Commission on the establishment, implementation, funding, and ongoing administration of the database.

Current Status: Senate Education Committee


SB 14/Glazer – Education Finance: Higher Education Facilities Bond Act of 2020

This bill would enact the Higher Education Facilities Bond Act of 2020, which, upon approval by the state electorate, would authorize the issuance of state general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $4 billion, with one-half of the amount designated for the University of California and the Hastings College of the Law and the other half designated for the California State University, for purposes similar to those specified in the Higher Education Facilities Bond Act of 1986, the Higher Education Facilities Bond Act of 1988, and the Higher Education Facilities Bond Act of June 1992, to be issued and sold in a manner similar to that provided under those acts.

Current Status: Senate Education Committee


SB 26/Caballero – Personal Income Taxes: Working Families Child Care Tax Credit

The Personal Income Tax Law, in modified conformity to federal income tax law, authorizes a credit for household and dependent care expenses necessary for gainful employment, as provided. This bill, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2020, and before January 1, 2025, for a taxpayer with an allowable credit in excess of tax liability, would allow a payment to the taxpayer in excess of that credit amount, subject to the annual Budget Act or a bill providing for appropriations related to the Budget Act, as provided, not to exceed a specified amount.

Current Status: Senate Governance and Finance Committee


SB 73/Mitchell – Budget Act of 2019

This bill, and Assembly Bill 190, are the main State Budget bills.

Current Status: Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee


AB 2514/Thurmond — Pupil Instruction: Dual Language Programs: Grant Program

  • AB 2514 establishes the Pathways to Success Grant Program in order to provide preschool children or transitional kindergarten through 12th grade students with dual language immersion programs, developmental bilingual programs for English learners, or early learning dual language learners programs.  

  • Beginning September 1, 2019, the California Department of Education (CDE)  will be required to award a minimum of 10 one-time grants of $300,000 each to school districts or school district consortia that partner with other districts, non-profit charter schools, or bilingual education programs in other schools or higher education institutions.  

  • The bill requires the CDE to provide a report to the Legislature by June 30, 2025 with respect to the Pathways to Success Grant Program.

Current Status: SIGNED INTO LAW



AB 2626/Mullin—Child Care and Development Services Act

  • AB 2626 helps families access child development programs and improve quality of care and education by providing opportunities for staff to develop their skills and expertise in serving young children.  

  • The bill increases the income eligibility for families from the 70th percentile of the state median income (SMI) to the 85th percentile of the SMI.  Additionally, three-year-old children whose third birthdays occur on or after December 2 will be eligible for enrollment in a state preschool program. The bill eliminates the requirement that preschool sites enroll no more than 50% of three-year-olds in their programs.  

  • The bill authorizes center-based providers to use state reimbursement funds to offer two professional development days to train staff on issues relating to licensing, mandated reporting of suspected child abuse, behavioral management, and the components of the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS).

Current Status: SIGNED INTO LAW


AB 2698/Rubio—California State Preschool Programs: General Child Care and Development Programs: Mental Health Consultation Services: Adjustment Factors

  • AB 2698 promotes early mental health services for children in state-funded preschool and child care and development programs by providing a 1.05 adjustment factor to the appropriate reimbursement rate for programs which offer enrolled children specified and consistent mental health services by licensed professionals.

Current Status: SIGNED INTO LAW


AB 2960/Thurmond—Child Care and Development Services: Online Portals

  • AB 2690 requires the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI) to develop a comprehensive child care and development services online portal to improve family access to child care and early education programs and services.  

  • The bill requires the SPI to establish a work group to inform future enhancements of the portal and requires the group to develop recommendations no later than June 30, 2020.  The SPI is required to provide a comprehensive plan to the Legislature for implementing the work group’s recommendations by January 1, 2021.

Current Status: Assembly Floor—SIGNED INTO LAW

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