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Our 2023 Sponsored Bills:

AB 393 (Rivas) – Childcare: dual language learners.

Co-sponsored by Early Edge California, California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE), and Californians Together

AB 393 builds on AB 1363, which created an asset-based approach for identifying DLLs in California’s State Preschool Program (CSPP), aligning with recommendations from the Governor’s Master Plan for Early Learning and Care for supporting DLLs and making California the first state in the nation to implement such a process. AB 393 expands the asset-based DLL identification process established through AB 1363 to general child care programs (CCTR) and the Migrant Child Care Program (CMIG).

Current Status: Signed by Governor Newsom – Read our full statement

AB 1192 (McCarty) – Kindergarten: admission: transitional kindergarten: professional development requirements.

Co-Sponsored by Early Edge California, Children Now, Kidango, and California School Employees Association (CSEA)

AB 1192 will make policy changes to support quality and implementation of Transitional Kindergarten (TK). More specifically, this bill aims to validate experience and build in professional development requirements to help support the Early Learning expertise of the second adult in the TK classroom and allows districts to expand TK to include children with birthdays between July and September ahead of the implementation schedule.

Current Status: Parked in Senate Appropriations Committee (Two Year Bill)

Our 2023 Supported Bills:

AB 555 (Asm. Carrillo) – California state preschool programs: reimbursement amounts: adjustment factors.

Introduced: 2/8/2023

Current Status: Held in Senate Appropriations Committee

AB 555 would require the third priority for California State Preschool Program (CSPP) services to be given to eligible 3- and 4- year old children who are not enrolled in a state-funded Transitional Kindergarten (TK) program. It would also require reimbursement to be based on the lesser of the max reimbursable amount stated in the contract, the net reimbursable program costs, or the product of the adjusted child days of enrollment for certified children times the contract rate. It would apply adjustment factors for children who are at risk of neglect, abuse, or exploitation or who are Dual Language Learners to part-day preschool children, and would remove that prohibition for children who meet more than one of the criteria eligible for adjustment from being reported. This bill would remove that requirement for a child under 4 years of age in a CSPP to be served in a licensed facility, and would authorize the State Department of Education to, commencing July 1, 2023, exempt a CSPP described above from licensing under the act if the children served are 3 or 4 years of age or TK or kindergarten pupils. The bill would require the department to implement this provision through management bulletins or similar letters or instruction before August 1, 2023, and to initiative a rulemaking action on or before December 31, 2024.


AB 596 (Asm. Reyes) – Early learning and care: rate reform.

Introduced: 2/9/2023

Current Status: Held in Senate Appropriations Committee

AB 596 would require the California Department of Social Services (DSS) to apply to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to amend the state’s current Child Care and Development Fund State Plan to change its current method for determining child care and development and preschool reimbursement rates to an alternative method that’s consistent with the recommendations from the workgroup that was established by DSS.


AB 679 (Asm. Wicks) – Family childcare homes: meals: reimbursement rates.

Introduced: 2/13/23

Current Status: Held in Assembly Appropriations Committee

AB 679 would increase the reimbursement rate for meals served in family daycare homes to instead be 100 percent of the eligible meals served.

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AB 1127 (Asm. Reyes) – Teachers: professional development: Bilingual Teacher Professional Development Program.

Introduced: 2/15/23

Current Status: Enacted into Law

AB 1127 would provide that it is also the purpose of the grant program to increase bilingual teachers in multiple languages to staff bilingual classrooms, such as Spanish, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Tagalog, and Arabic classrooms, and other languages, as represented in instructional programs. The bill would require the department to meet quarterly with grant recipients to share promising practices and resources, and to resolve issues of implementation. The bill would instead require grant recipients to report specified information related to the program to the department by January 1, 2029, and would revise the project performance period to January 1, 2024, to June 30, 2029, inclusive.


SB 380 (Asm. Limón) – Early learning and care: rate reform.

Introduced: 2/9/23

Current Status: Held in Assembly Appropriations Committee

SB 380 would enact legislation relating to rate reform for workers in child care.


SB 499 (Asm. Menjivar) – School facilities: School Extreme Heat Action Plan Act of 2023.

Introduced: 2/14/23

Current Status: Held in Assembly Appropriations Committee

SB 499 would require school sites to resurface and replace low specific heat surfaces with high specific heat surfaces, such as cool pavement technologies, grass, trees, or natural systems that mitigate heat and pollution. It would also require school sites to develop an extreme heat action plan by January 1, 2025 and implement by January 1, 2027.


SB 767 (Asm. Rubio) – Elementary education: kindergarten.

Introduced: 2/17/23

Current Status: Held in Suspense (Two Year Bill)

AB 767, beginning with the 2024–25 school year, would require a child to have completed one year of kindergarten before that child may be admitted to the first grade at a public elementary school, except for a child who has been lawfully admitted to a public school kindergarten or a private school kindergarten in California, but has not yet completed one school year, and is judged to be ready for first-grade work, as specified, thereby imposing a state-mandated local program.

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