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CAPPA Legislative Update

from CAPPA

Speaker Rendon's Blue Ribbon Commission on Early Childhood Education met yesterday to discuss methods of establishing and maintaining a supportable early learning system, including identifying methods that update and improve funding strategies to meet the growing demand for high-quality child care and early learning in California.

This week, California Assembly and Senate floor sessions will convene on Monday and Thursday.

Both the Assembly and the Senate have begun scheduling budget related hearings. The first budget hearing has been scheduled for Feb. 28. Click here to see dates and topics relevant to our field. Moving forward this link will be updated as budget hearings are scheduled. When available, the agenda too will be hosted.

Click here to see all of the legislation that has been identified to be of interest to our field. To track and/or review legislation or to create your own tracking list, click here.

Bills identified as of high interest to our field include:
  • AB 60 (Santiago & Gonzalez) — This bill will establish a not less than 12 month re/eligibility determination process for child care and establishes "ongoing income eligible" to mean that a family's adjusted monthly income is at or below 85 percent of the most recent state median income.
  • AB 227 (Mayes) — This bill would create the Educational Opportunity and Attainment Program that would provide education incentive grants to CalWORKs recipients to encourage and support low-income parents who reach certain educational goals and create additional work-study slots and support services for CalWORKs recipients pursuing their education.
  • AB 231 (Chavez) — This bill will define State Median Income and create a phase out process.
  • AB 273 (Aguiar-Curry) — Child care services: eligibility.
  • AB 1106 (Weber) — This bill will allow allocated monies to support working families with child care, to be distributed over a longer period of time. Additionally, the proposal will allow active military personnel to not have their basic housing allowance considered as part of their income when they apply for a child care subsidy. Find the fact sheet here.
  • AB 1164 (Thurmond) — Foster care placement: funding.
To access the Senate Daily Files, click here.
To access the Assembly Daily Files, click here.
To watch live coverage of the Assembly and Senate click here.

The legislature has begun work on framing the legislative and budgetary priorities for the upcoming 2017-2018 session. Click here to see the upcoming calendar. Please feel free to forward to us any trainings, conferences or meetings that you think would be beneficial to our field. more


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