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The Honorable Connie Leyva
Chair, Senate Education Committee
California State Senate
State Capitol, Room 4061
Sacramento, CA 95814
RE: SB 50 (Limón) – SUPPORT
Dear Senator Leyva:
[Name of Your Organization] supports SB 50 (Limón), as amended on March XX, 2021, which would 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 new Master Plan for Early Learning and Care.
A child’s experiences and relationships in the first 5 years of life shape the architecture of the brain and build a foundation for future learning and success. Quality early learning experiences during the earliest years help set children on a path to thrive in school and life while supporting working parents. Currently, less than one in 5 children who are eligible for a state subsidized program are able to participate in one. SB 50 aims to increase efficiencies in the direct contracting early learning and care system by removing barriers to ultimately serve more children in quality programs and strengthen the family child care system to give our youngest learners a strong start.
Specifically, SB 50 would open up the State Preschool Program (CSPP) to serve children 0-5 and to serve children in family child care homes. This will allow more low-income 3 year-olds, infants, and toddlers to access quality early learning and care. A recent report by the American Institutes for Research shows that the need for care among this group is acute. Additionally, this bill will remove existing barriers between child care and preschool contracts, allowing providers to transfer funds between contracts and adjust their services to better meet the needs of families and improve continuity of care for children in their communities.
SB 50 also increases stability for providers by shifting to reimbursements based on program enrollment rather than attendance ― a model already used by the federal Head Start program. Moving to an enrollment reimbursement model will help providers across the state retain more of their contract funds each year to improve access to, and the quality of, programs for low-income children and families.
Finally, SB 50 will make it easier for families to enroll in subsidized child care and preschool. This bill expands categorical eligibility for child care for families who are already enrolled in CalFresh or Medi-Cal, as well as extends eligibility for child development services from 12 to 24 months to improve continuity of care for families and children.
SB 50 is monumental legislation that will help California create a streamlined and strengthened early learning and care mixed-delivery system that better supports children, families, and providers, and sets our children up for a successful future. For these reasons, we strongly SUPPORT SB 50 and request your AYE vote when it comes before you for consideration.