Because of our work with community partners, like Parent Voices in testifying before state committees in Sacramento and calling and e-mailing legislators, this year’s state budget creates stability for child care workers like us, and the children and parents we provide care for!
While this is a great step in the right direction, we have a long way to go in building a child care system that is worthy of our children, parents and child care workers like us.
Let’s celebrate what we won and use this momentum to win greater improvements!
Governor Brown kept his promise to increases payment rates for family child care providers and centers.
- Maintains the FCC voucher rate ceiling increases and 10% rate increase for centers funded by the Standard Reimbursement Rate (SRR) that went into effect January 1, 2017, for State Preschool and other direct-contracted child care.
- $92.7 million to increase the center SRR by an additional 6% beginning July 1, 2017.
New $25 million investment to keep families eligible for child care assistance.
- Income eligibility guidelines for child care, which have not changed for over a decade, will be updated to 70% of the most current year’s State Median Income (SMI). This means that more working parents will be able to accept a raise or promotion without the fear of losing the affordable child care they need.
- Families that are eligible for subsidies will remain eligible for 12 months, regardless of change in need or income, unless their income exceeds 85 percent of the current State Median Income. This will provide greater stability for children, parents and child care providers.
$7.9 million to add 2,959 full-day State Preschool spaces.
- $15 million to fund foster child emergency child care. The budget also provides $31 million to establish a voluntary county program for emergency child care vouchers, foster family navigators, and training for child care providers caring for foster children.
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