Early Edge California is proud to sponsor SB 1047 (Limón) to strengthen and promote a mixed-delivery early learning and care system in California to better meet the needs of working parents and their children, particularly infants and toddlers, as envisioned in the state’s bold, new Master Plan for Early Learning and Care.
SB 1047 expands access and eligibility for child care programs. This bill aims to increase efficiencies in the direct contracting Early Learning and Care system by removing barriers to serve more children in quality programs and strengthen the family child care system to give our youngest learners a strong start. Considering COVID-19’s devastating impact on families and early childhood providers, we must build a stronger, more equitable Early Learning and Care system for California’s children, families, and providers.
Specifically, SB 1047 would:
Expand the California State Preschool Program (CSPP) to serve children 18 months through age 5. This will ensure providers have more flexible funding to meet the needs of children and families, instead of balancing between multiple different age-limited contracts. Funding that follows the child will help protect against children losing services because they have a birthday. Opening up CSPP to younger children will also allow more infants and toddlers from low-income backgrounds to access quality Early Learning and Care.
Remove existing barriers between child care and preschool contracts, allowing providers more flexibility to serve children and families. This bill expands categorical eligibility for subsidized child care for families who are already enrolled in CalFresh, Medi-Cal, WIC or Head Start. This will significantly reduce the paperwork and administrative burden on families and providers.
Make it easier for families to maintain access to subsidized child care and preschool. The bill also extends eligibility for subsidized child care from 12 to 24 months to improve continuity of care for families and children.
Author: Senator Monique Limón
Current Status: Set for Senate Floor hearing
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