Governor’s May Revise Budget Proposal Continues to Make Progress for California’s Early Learning and Care System
SACRAMENTO, CA – Early Learning advocacy organization Early Edge California appreciates Governor Gavin Newsom’s inclusion of key investments for California’s youngest learners in the May Revision to his 2022-23 State Budget proposal. The Governor showed his continued commitment to Early Learning and Care, following through on his January Budget proposal of expanding California State Preschool Program supports for children with disabilities and Dual Language Learners. He will also continue to advance his critical 2021 Budget investments of making preschool free for all four-year-olds through the expansion of Transitional Kindergarten and increasing slots and reimbursement rates for child care providers.
Early Edge Summary: May Revision Budget Proposal on Early Learning & Care
In addition, the Governor made investments to support children, families, and educators in the following areas:
- $157 Million to waive child care fees for low-income families for one year, making state-subsidized preschool and child care more affordable, benefitting 40,000 low-income California families with savings of up to $595 per month.
- State Preschool Funding Hold Harmless which allows State Preschool contractors to receive full funding allocated to their state contracts, regardless of student attendance.
- $500 Million to expand residency slots for teachers and counselors.
- $20 Million to support a K-12 Teacher Residency Program Technical Assistance Center.
- $85 Million to create PreK-12 educator and professional learning to implement the Next Generation Science Standards, the California Math Framework, the California Computer Science Standards, and the math and science domains of the California Preschool Learning Foundations.
- $8 Billion in discretionary funding for school districts to protect staffing levels, address student learning challenges, and support the mental health and wellness needs of students and staff.
- $6.5 Million in Early Intervention Expansion Grant Program funds to support adjustments in identifying children with qualifying signs of developmental delays which revises the Early Start qualification threshold from a 33 percent delay to a 25 percent delay in specified assessment areas.
- $4.2 Billion in total investments for the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program that child care centers and providers may be eligible to receive.
- $200.5 Million for minor renovation and repair on child care deserts and low-income communities through the Child Care and Development Infrastructure Grant Program Augmentation.
- $30 Million increase to support adjustment factors for Dual Language Learners in the State Preschool Program.
- $200 Million to support wellness and build the resilience of children, youth, and parents through wellness and mindfulness programs, video series, career development, and assessment and intervention support services.
“We applaud and thank Governor Newsom for remaining dedicated to strengthening Early Learning and Care in California through his continued commitment to Universal Preschool through expanded Transitional Kindergarten and for supporting California’s low-income families by waiving child care fees for an additional year so that all children can benefit from high-quality learning experiences in the earliest years,” said Patricia Lozano, Executive Director of Early Edge California.
Early Edge appreciates that the May Budget Revision funds the rate agreement included in the 2021 Budget Act and that it provides possible pathways for Early Learning teachers and providers. We look forward to continuing to work with the Governor, his Administration, and the California State Legislature to make greater investments to support providers and the Early Learning workforce, including the creation of accessible career pipelines that meet their needs, and to support families by easing administrative burdens through expanding categorical eligibility for state subsidized programs.
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Early Edge California is a nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to improving access to high-quality Early Learning experiences for all California children so they can have a strong foundation for future success.