Because we came together through our union and the Fight for 15 campaign, Governor Brown signed into law the largest new investment in recent history to early care and education that promises to grow over the next four years to an additional $527 million. This new funding will be used to increase family child care provider pay rates and for more subsidized spaces for low income children!
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
- This new funding will lead to direct increases to provider pay rate ceilings beginning January 2017.
- The state budget adopted rate ceilings at the 75th percentile of a 2014 provider rate survey, leading to rate increases for most rate categories. For those categories that would have seen lower rates, the budget also includes an additional $53 million of one-time general funds to make sure no providers’ rates decrease under the new rate structure. This one time funding, referred to as a “hold harmless provision” expires on June 30, 2018, so we will need to advocate extending this in the future.
WHAT DO THESE NEW RATES LOOK LIKE FOR FAMILY CHILD CARE PROVIDERS IN ALAMEDA COUNTY?
- The numbers are our estimates to help better inform you based on data from the 2014 Regional Market Rate Survey of child care rates conducted by the California Department of Education (CDE). CDE has not published official rates yet.
- The estimates are provided for family child care provider reimbursement rates beginning January 1st. 2017.
Here are some important facts to consider when looking at the new estimated reimbursement rates:
- Check what your agency policy is on changing rates, including when you are able to submit rate updates.
- Check online or ask your agency for an official copy of the new rate ceilings for your area and determine if you want to raise your rates based on the new fee structure.
- New rates go into effect January 1st, 2017. Make sure you are being reimbursed correctly.
We need to keep up the fight to make sure the Governor and the Legislature follow through on their promises. Child care worker wages must increase in line with the $15 state minimum wage rate.