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CAAEYC reviews bills that we believe are of interest to early childhood professionals. If you have a bill that you would like our CAAEYC Public Policy Committee to review, please contact CAAEYC at Jean Goulart, CAAEYC Public Policy Chair.

State Legislation

Bill Number  & Author


Bill Status

Recommended Position

AB 60 (Santiago)

Would prohibit discontinuing CalWORKs Stages 1 or 2 Child Care until confirmation is received of the family's enrollment in the subsequent stage of Child Care, or that the family is ineligible for services in the subsequent stage, to ensure that there is no disruption in services due to the planned transition between the stages of CalWORKs child care. Effective by 11/1/19, would require the county welfare department to provide a monthly report to Stage 2 contractors. Would require a county welfare department to provide training on security protocols and confidentiality of individual family data to a contractor who is given access to data

In Senate Committee on Appropriations Suspense File – In Assembly pending agreement with Senate amendments. – On Governor's desk.

Support letter sent to Senate Appropriations

Letter to the Governor on 9/5/2018

AB 605 (Mullins)

Would require the CDSS to adopt regulations to develop and implement a birth to entering first grade license option for day care centers
Would authorize CDSS to extend the toddler program participation for 3 months for extenuating circumstances, on the center's request

Senate Committee on Appropriation
Suspense File - In Assembly pending agreement with Senate amendments. – On Governor's Desk

Support Letter sent to Senate Appropriations 7/10/18 –
Sent Letter to Governor 8/31/2018

AB 676 (Limón)

Would require The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation to establish and maintain an Early Educators' Occupational safety and Health Training Program related to the specific risks to early education professionals. Would require an educator to attend training within 6 years of it first being offered or within 3 months of a person becoming an early educator. Would also establish the Early Educators' Safety and Health Education Fund to establish and maintain the training; effective 7/1/18

In Senate Committee on Appropriations
Suspense File - Dead

Oppose (2017)

Letter sent

AB 1754 (McCarty, Friedman, E. Garcia, Bonta, Gonzalez-Fletcher)

Pre-K for All Act of 2018 require state to provide all 4 year-old children of low income working families with access to ECE programs
Would revise the eligibility requirements for full day CSPP program operated by a LEA with at least 40% low income families or community based organizations with the school or school district;
Would require CDE to develop and implement a process to use Medi-Cal data to directly certify children whose families meet the income criteria for Title I schools; effective 2019-2020 school year.

In Senate Committee on Appropriations - Dead

Watch – Letter of Concern sent 7/30/18

AB 1914 (Flora)

Would expand the list of crimes for which DSS may not grant a criminal record exemption for licensure, employment, volunteering in community care facilities, including child care
Gutted and amended to address underground installations

Introduced: 1/23/18
Amended: 4/2/18
Senate Committee on Public Safety
Hearing: 6/26/18


AB 2001 (Reyes)

Would require that assessment tools used for FCCHENs be of high quality and are educationally and developmentally appropriate and appropriate to family child care home settings; would require providers to adopt and use a curriculum and provide age and developmentally appropriate activities

Senate Committee on Appropriations Suspense File - Dead

Letter sent  2nd support letter to Senate Appropriations 7/10/18

AB 2292 (Aguiar-Curry)

  • Would increase adjustment factor for infants from 1.7 to 2.44. And toddlers from 1.4 to 1.83 for center based programs.
  • Would provide adjustment factors without regard to the kind of facility
  • Would establish the CDE the Early Education Expansion Program to increase access to inclusive early care and education programs and increase early learning infrastructure capacity in high-need communities though a competitive grant award; funding in Budget Act  
  • Would establish the Early Education Expansion Program for LEAs. Requiring the Special Education Division and EESD to jointly provide guidance to serve special needs children in the least restrictive environment, one time infrastructure grant
  • Establishes the CA Child Care Initiative Project to increase the availability of quality cc programs in the state.
  • Would establish The Family Child Care Recruitment and Training Program of 2018 to recruit & train new providers; provide startup costs and resources to new FCC providers

In Senate Committee on Appropriations - Dead

Letter sent – March 21/2018

Re-confirmed April 2018 due to amendments

AB 2370 (Holden and Gonzalez Fletcher)

  1. Would require the CDSS in consultation with the State Water Resources Control Board to adopt regulations by July 2020 for testing drinking water for lead at child care centers;
  2. Would require as a condition of licensure that lead exposure be included in health & safety training;
  3. Would require the center request from the parent enrolling a child receiving state subsidized child care services to provide parents with information on risks of lead exposure, the blood lead testing recommendations and requirements  and options for obtaining blood lead testing documentation demonstrating that the child had received a blood lead screening test if not, agency must provide info on the harmful effects of lead on children;
  4. Would deem a licensed CCC provider that tests its drinking water after 12/31/18, but before regulations are adopted to have satisfied the initial drinking water test with provisions
  5. Would allow the Child Care Facilities Revolving Fund Provides a loan funding for centers that demonstrate and LEAs that demonstrate financial need and lack of alternative funding sources.
  6. Would require the state board to provide grants for testing drinking water lead levels in certain licensed centers from funds appropriated in the Budget Act of 2018 ($5m)
  7. CDSS shall include a public stakeholder process for adopting the regulations

Introduced 2/14/18
Amended: 3/12/18
Amended: 4/5/18
Amended: 5/25/18
Amended: 6/28/18
In Senate Committee on Appropriations – Governor's Desk

Sent letter 7/30/18 with concern regarding cost of testing & repairs to ECE centers to author

AB 2626 (Mullin and Chu)

  1. Redefine 3 and 4 year old children as those who will have their 3rd or 4th birthday on or before December 2
  2. Delete requirement that at least ½ of the children in preschool be 4 year old children 
  3. Extend initial eligibility for families seeking employment, experiencing homelessness or incapacitated to up to 12 months and limit the services to no more than five days per week at 6.5 hours per day
  4. Increases the eligibility for services up to 80% 85% of the SMI
  5. Require CDE to establish timelines for interagency transfer of contract funds
  6. Proposes 2 professional development days reimbursed by the CDE contract

Provisions effective 7/1/19

Introduced: 2/15/18
Committee on Human Services
Hearing: 4/10/18
Amended: 4/17/18
Amended: 5/1/18
Revised: 5/25/18
Amended: 6/21/18

In Senate Committee on AppropriationsOn Governor's desk

Letter sent to author of the bill – 2nd letter to Senate Appr. On 8/6/2018 Sent Letter to Governor 8/31

AB 2960 (Thurmond)

On or before June 30, 2022, the Superintendent shall develop and post on the department's Internet Web site, for use by the general public, an online portal for California's comprehensive child care and development services. It will include, among other things:

  • Program and eligibility information
  • The opportunity to connect with resource and referral agencies and providers
  • The ability to use an online eligibility screening tool in order to assess eligibility for services
  • A way to link to local child care resource and referral agencies and alternative payment programs for additional assistance in selecting and assessing child care
  • Access to placement on waiting lists for local subsidized child care programs

On Governor's desk


AB 3039 (Holden)

Would make revisions in the exemption process and categories for criminal background clearance for those wishing to work in community care facilities, such as:

  • Eliminate 60 serious crimes categories which are now considered "non-exemptible" felony convictions
  • Allow CDSS to consider only the last 5 years of criminal history for determining an exemption
  • Would limit CDSS to look only at "directly and adversely" related crimes, not all the crimes a person has committed
  • Would allow applicants to show rehabilitation and suitability for employment

Introduced: 2/16/18
Amended: 4/3/18
Amended: 4/16/18

Committee on Appropriations
Hearing: 5/23/18


AB 1806 (Ting)

Budget Act of 2018
"Inclusive Preschool Expansion"
2.71% COLA   SRR increase of 2.795%



SB 78 (Leyva) Requires DOF to annually adjust program the total ASES program funding level to reflect an increase in the daily per-pupil rate of 50% of each increase to the minimum wage implemented during the 2018/19 fiscal year and every fiscal year thereafter. for each minimum wage increase using a specified calculation Introduced: 1/11/17 Amended 4/4/17, 4/25/17 & 5/26/17
In Assembly Committee on Education/Hearing canceled by author 7/12/17 - DEAD

SB 837 (Dodd)

As a condition of receipt of apportionments for pupils in TK, beginning 2020-2021 school year, would require progressively younger 4 year old children to be admitted to TK maintained by a school district or charter school, until in 2022-23 school year and each school year thereafter all 4-year-old children are admitted. Introduced: 1/8/18
Committee on Education
Hearing: 4/11/18  Committee on Appropriations Suspense file
Hearing: 5/25/18
Watch or Oppose
Start draft letter to be sent if bill moves out of 'Suspense file'

SB 1359 (McGuire)

Would merge CalWORKS Stages 2 and 3 and continue family eligibility for services up to 85% of SMI Introduced: 2/16/18
Committee on Education Hearing: 4/11/18
Hearing canceled by author

SB 839

Budget Act of 2018
"Inclusive Early Education" Expansion


Bill Number  & Author


Bill Status

Recommended Position

HR 610
Rep. King, R-IA

Choices in Education Act of 2017: Repeal Elementary and Secondary Education Act and Limitation on Secretarial Authority
To distribute Federal funds for elementary and secondary education in the form of vouchers for eligible students and to repeal a certain rule relating to nutrition standards in schools

Sponsored by Elizabeth De Vos, US Secretary of Education

Send letter later

Senator Patty Murray (D-WA and Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA)

Child Care for Working Families Act of 2017
Double the number of children eligible for CCDBG
Help states create universal preschool programs for 3 and 4 year olds
Higher matching rate for infants and toddlers
Increased training and compensation for the ECE workforce

Nationwide sponsorship is being encouraged by organizations and individuals

More Information

Petitions delivered in Washington DC by CA Team


Advocate for Congress to vote on March 23 to distribute the CDBG dollars in the latest budget appropriations bill to avoid a government shutdown.

Passed in Omnibus Bill on March 23, 2018

Letter sent
Passed in Omnibus Bill

HR Farm Bill 2018

Farm Bill reauthorizes many agriculture and nutrition programs, including SNAP; this HR Bill would impose 20 hour a week minimum work & and training requires on adults 18-59; increased administrative burden on states, reduction in benefits for participants: sanctions for states who don't comply; monthly recertification 

Introduced April 2018
Passed House Agriculture Committee May 2018
Failed to pass on floor of the House


Making Affordable Housing Work Act of 2018

States could require mandatory work-related activities for HUD recipients (excluding the elderly and disabled); raises rent; requires states to complete burdensome additional paperwork (90% of persons using HUD are working

Introduced April 2018