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Early Childhood Education Support



Joint Early Childhood Education Coalition Response to the May Revision

Dear Administration, Department of Finance, Legislative Budget Chairs and Legislative Women’s Caucus,

We are writing to reaffirm our strong support for the Legislative Women’s Caucus (LWC) request of an $800 million investment in our child care system. In consideration of the Governor’s May Revision we appreciate the administration’s interest in reforming the child care and early education system; however we find it challenging to consider such sweeping policy changes in the short budget timeline and without additional funding. We firmly believe that there must be resources invested in our fiscally depleted system before these proposals can be considered.

It is clear that the LWC proposal better supports the immediate and longer term needs of working families and children while valuing providers and community based programs proven to lift families from poverty. Our priorities remain:

Increase all reimbursement rates:

  • Make significant investments in both the Standard Reimbursement Rate and the Regional Market Rate systems to ensure forward progress toward paying early care and education providers to reflect regional market rates and the current cost of quality care.

Increase access for families:

  • Consistent with AB 2150, implement 12-month eligibility for families and update the eligibility guidelines to reflect the current State Median Income (SMI), and increase the exit eligibility level to 85% of current SMI. 

  • Add additional slots in both the General Child Care and Alternative Payment systems to expand access to care for families with a variety of needs. 

Over the last decade reimbursement rates have been held at levels more than 7 years behind the current market. While there have been modest increases provided in the past two state budget agreements; we are still estimated to be nearly $1 billion behind the current market costs for both the Standard Reimbursement Rate and the Regional Market Rate. At the same time, the income ceilings for families entering the system based on state median income (SMI) are almost a decade old, and have not kept up with inflation nor taken into account actions by the legislature to increase the minimum wage. The SMI has been frozen since 2007, and is in turn based on 2005 income data. 

These two issues have caused reduced access to services for families who are priced out of high quality programs, hindered retention of qualified staff and eroded the total supply of early care and education available to our communities. As referenced in the May Revision, California’s economy faces many variances, which is why it is even more critical working families be supported with child care so that they may continue to contribute to the ongoing growth of our economy. We believe that if families are able to achieve stable employment, which cannot be done without consistent child care, then they will be better prepared to weather the next economic downturn. Similarly, if providers are receiving adequate payment for the cost of doing business, they will be able to keep their doors open. 

We urge your support in making the Legislative Women’s Caucus request of an $800 million investment in our child care system the framework for child care funding in the 2016-17 budget. 



211 LA County
211 San Bernardino County
24 Hour Childcare & Early Education , Inc.
4Cs (Child Care Coordinating Council) of San Mateo County
A Brighter Tomorrow Day Care
A Place Called Home
A World Fit For Kids!
Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors
Active Advisors
Adorable Babies Jump Start
Advancement Project
AIM Early Intervention & Pre-school
Alameda County ECE Planning Council
All Five
All Stars Helping Kids
All-Pro Promotions
Altadena Children's Center
American Academy of Pediatrics, California
Amy Fuller Translations
An Artist's Gallery
Anielka Family Day Care
Animal Rescue of Fresno
Aquatic Park School
Aria Community Health Center
Arista Preschool, Inc
Armen Devejian Architect
Armory Center for the Arts
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Insurance Brokers of California, Inc.
Aspire Public Schools
BAHIA, inc.
Banning Police Activities League
Barbara Stroud Training
Bay Area Council
Bay Area Family Childcare Support Group
Bay Area Urban Debate League
Bay East Legacy & Associates
Benu Chhabra FCC
Benu's Preschool
Berkeley Organizing Congregations for Action (BOCA)
Bicycle Coffee
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County
Black Parallel School Board
BlueSkies for Children
Bohbot & Riles, PC
Bonnewit Development Services
Boulevard Skate Shop
Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach
Butte County Child Abuse Prevention Council
By the Letter Literacy Reading Lab
CACE-Campbell Adult and Community Education
California Alliance for Arts Education
California Alliance of African American Educators
California Alternative Payment Program Association (CAPPA)
California Association for the Education of Young Children (CAEYC)
California Child Care Coordinators Association
California Child Care Resource & Referral Network
California Child Development Administrators Association (CCDAA)
California Children's Academy
California Coalition for Equity in Early Care and Education
California Democrats for Education Reform
California Family Child Care Network
California Family Resource Association
California Food Policy Advocates
California Head Start Association
California Health Collaborative
California Mathematics Council
California School-Age Consortium
California State Alliance of YMCAs
California State University Northridge
Californians for Quality Early Learning (CQEL)
Caliph Assagai Public Speaking
Cambridge Community Center
Campus Kids Connection, Inc
Carabiner LLC
Carolina Youth Development Center
CASA of San Mateo County
Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County
Caulder Lamm Alliance for Children, Inc.
CCR Analytics
Center for Ecoliteracy
Center for Leadership, Equity, and Research (CLEAR)
Center For Multicultural Cooperation
Central California Asthma Collaborative
Central California Children's Institute
Central California Educational Opportunity Center
Central Valley Children's Services Network
Chicano Federation of San Diego County
Child Abuse Prevention Council of Contra Costa County
Child Abuse Prevention Council Political Action Committee
Child Action, Inc
Child and Family Policy Institute of California
Child Care Alliance Los Angeles
Child Care Law Center
Child Care Links
Child Care Resource Center, Inc.
Child Development Associates, Inc.
Child Development Incorporated
Child Development Resources (CDR) of Ventura County, Inc.
Childcare-Gentle Start
Children & Family Circle
Children First Campaign
Children Now
Children's Council of San Francisco
Children's Defense Fund-California
Children's Network of Solano County
Children's Paradise Inc.
Children’s Bureau
Children’s Institute Inc.
Church Related Early Childhood Education Fellowship
Clinica Romero
Coastside Child Development Center
Coastside Children's Programs
Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth
Community Action Partnership of Merced County
Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County
Community Child Care Council - 4C's of Alameda County
Community Education Partnerships
Community Engagement Initiatives
Community Health Councils
Community Health Partnership
Community Resources for Children
Concord Child Care Center, Inc
Congregation Beth Am
Congregation Beth Israel
Connections for Children
Contra Costa Child Care Council
Contra Costa Interfaith Supporting Community Organization (CCISCO)
Contra Costa Local Planning Council for Child Care and Development
Cope Family Center
County of San Mateo
County Welfare Directors Association of California (CWDA)
Covered Community
Creative Kids Play School
Creative Montessori Learning Center
Crystal Stairs, Inc
D'inkling Publishing
D'veal Family & Youth Services
Daly City Partnership
Dance Me Fit
Davies & Associates
Del Norte Child Care Council
Diana Casanova Photography
Dog Gon' Clean
Dr. Victor Cattolico, Clinical Psychologist 
Drew Child Development Corporation
Early Childhood Mental Health Program
Early Edge California
Early Math Learning
Early Years
East Bay Asian Youth Center
East Bay Children's Law Offices
East Bay Women's Political Caucus
East Side Union High School District
Easter Seals Southern California
Education Synergy Alliance
Educational Enrichment Systems, Inc.
Educators 4 Excellence
El Sol Neighborhood Educational Center (NEC)
Elk Grove Unified School District- EGUSD
Ellis Alden Vineyards
EMC Research
Engelhardt Architecture
Escuela de la Raza Unida
Extended Child Care Coalition (ECC)
Fairfax-San Anselmo Children's Center
Faith in Action Kern County
Families in Good Health
Families NOW
Family and Child Empowerment Services San Francisco- FACESSF
Family Care Network, Inc.
Family Child Care Alameda County Network
Family Child Care Association of San Francisco
Family Child Care Council
Family Child Care of Contra Costa County
Family Paths, Inc.
Family Service Association
Fierce Funk
Fight Crime: Invest in Kids California
First 5 Alameda County
First 5 Association of CA
First 5 California Commission
First 5 Contra Costa
First 5 Fresno County
First 5 Kern
First 5 Lake County
First 5 Los Angeles
First 5 Marin Children and Families Commission
First 5 Monterey County
First 5 Napa County
First 5 Placer Children and Families Commission
First 5 San Benito
First 5 San Mateo County
First 5 Santa Barbara County
First 5 Santa Clara County
First 5 Santa Cruz County
First 5 Solano
First 5 Sonoma County Commission
First 5 Tehama
First 5 Yolo
First Place for Youth
Focus On Family Foundation
Footsteps Child Care, Inc.
Fowler Unified School District
Fremont Family Resource Center
Fresher USA
Fresno Housing Authority
Fresno Metro Ministry
Fresno Street Saints
Friends Committee on Legislation of California
Friends of the Family
Friends of the Granite Bay Library
Full Court Press Communications
Funding the Next Generation
Future is Now
Future Partners
Galileo Learning
Girls Club of Los Angeles
Girls Leadership Institute
Go Kids, Inc.
Gonzales Unified School District
Good Seed CDC
Grail Family Services
Great Beginnings for Black Babies, Inc
Great Oakland Public Schools
GRIP, homeless family shelter
Growing Tree Children's Center
Half Moon Bay Brewing Company
Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber of Commerce
Harbour Consulting
Healing Hearts "one at a time" Anger Management/D.V.
Health Connected
Healthier Kids Foundation Santa Clara County
Healthy Cities Tutoring
Heart of Los Angeles
Helen's Family Day Care
Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley
Imperial County Children and Families First Commission
Independent Hair Stylist
Inn at Mavericks
Inner-City Arts
Innovate Public Schools
Innovation Bridge, Inc.
InsideOUT Writers
International Child Resource Institute
International Institute of Los Angeles- IILA
Inyo County Office of Education, Early Care and Education Division
Isla Vista Youth Projects, Inc
Issokson and Associates
It's About My Baby/Hand in Hand
James Morehouse Project
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay
Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley
Joious Beginnings Learning Center
Jumpstart-Southern California
Kamali'i Foster Family Agency
Karelia Software
Kidaptive Inc.
Kids in Common, a program of Planned Parenthood Mar Monte
Kids Kare Schools
Kids Own Wisdom
KinderCare Education
Kings Canyon Unified School District
Kingston Family Vineyards
Krause Center for Innovation
LA 2050
LA Best Babies Network
Law Offices of Barbara Goode
Le Grand Union High School
League of Women Voters of California
Lemonade Creative Consulting
Leonetti/O'Connell Family Foundation
LIFE, Inc. Life Is For Everyone After School Program
Lift the Children
Lil Nancy’s Primary Schoolhouse
Linda Vista Children's Center
Little Seeds Children's Center and Peter Pan Schools
Local Early Education Planning Council Santa Clara County Office of Education
Los Angeles Education Partnership
Los Angeles Universal Preschool
LPC Consulting Associates, Inc.
Lutheran Office of Public Policy - California
Lynch Associate LLC
MacDonald's Childcare
Making Change For Children
Mar Vista Family Center
Margaret Brodkin and Associates
Marin Child Care Council
Marin County School Volunteers
Marjaree Mason Center
Martinez Early Childhood Center Inc.
Maternal Mental Health NOW
Men & Women of Purpose
Merced County Office of Education/Abriendo Puertas Program
Merced Organizing Project (MOP)
Mexican American Opportunity Foundation (MAOF)
Millbrae Nursery School
Mimi and Peter Haas Fund
Mind Spark Custom Learning Solutions
Mission: Readiness
MmM Design
Mockingbird Communications
Moler Barber College
Monterey County Office of Education
MoonMilk Creamery
Morgan Family Foundation
Mothers' Club Family Learning Center
Mountain View/Los Altos/Los Altos Hills Challenge Team
Mrs Adams Gourmet Cookies "The cookies with an Attitude!"
Mutual Housing California
National Academic Youth Corps
National Human Development Foundation Inc.
New Life Discovery Schools Inc.
New Teacher Center
North Bay Children's Center
North Bay Leadership Council
North Coast Opportunities
Northern Director's Group
Nuestra Casa
Nurse-Family Partnership
Oakland Natives Give Back
Ocean Dental Center
One East Palo Alto
Only Love Children's Centers
Optimal Solutions Consulting
Options for Learning
Orange County United Way
Our Family Coalition
Pacific Community Solutions, Inc.
Para Los Ninos
Parent Teacher Home Visit Project
Parent Voices
Parent Voices Oakland
Parent Voices Solano
Parents and Citizens for Quality Education
Parents as Teachers
Parents' Action for Children
Pathways LA
Peace over Violence
Peaceful Pets Pet Sitting Services
Peninsula Family Service
Penny & Peggy Nairn 24 Hour Childcare, Inc.
Placer People of Faith Together
Plumas Rural Services Inc
Pomona USD Child Development
Prevent Child Abuse California
Professional Association for Childhood Education
Promise Land Preschool
Providence Saint John's Child & Family Development Center
Proyecto Pastoral
Public Interest Advocacy
Puente de la Costa Sur
Raconteur Designs
Raineth Housing
Ralphs Grocery No. 278
Ravenswood Child Development Center
Reading and Beyond
Rebekah Children's Services
Redeemer Preschool
Redwood City 2020
Reed Health Policy Consulting
Regarding Baby
Renee Pietrangelo, Realtor
Restorative Justice League and Educational Consulting
Richmond Community Foundation
Roberts Family Development Center
Rodriguez Strategies
Rogers Family Foundation
Rollman Properties
RPM Consulting
Sacramento ACT
Sacramento District Dental Society
Saffron Strand
Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church
San Bernardino County Early Learning and Development LPC
San Carlos Chamber of Commerce
San Diego Organizing Project
San Gabriel Valley Child Abuse Prevention Council
San Joaquin Children's Alliance
San Joaquin County Child Abuse Prevention Council
San Joaquin Family Resource and Referral Center
San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce
San Jose Unified School District (SJUSD)
San Luis Obispo County Child Care Planning Council
San Mateo County Economic Development Association (SAMCEDA)
San Mateo County Human Services Agency
San Mateo County Probation Department
San Mateo Office of Education
Santa Clara County Office of Education
Santa Cruz Child Care Planning Council
Santa Cruz County Parents Association
Save the Children
Shasta Community Health Center
Shaun-Adrian Choflá
Sierra Nevada Children's Services
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Siskiyou Child Care Council
Sixth District PTA
SJB Child Development Centers
Sojourner Truth African American Arts Museum
Solano Community College
Solano County Licensed Family Child Care Association
Solano Family and Children’s Services
Somos Mayfair
South Stockton Schools Initiative
Special Connections FRC
Special Needs Network
Stanislaus Community Foundation
Step 1 Dance Studio
Stone Angel Inc.
Stone Soup Fresno
Street Poets, Inc.
Strong Start
Students for Education Reform at UC Davis
Students Matter
Sunnyvale Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce
Supportive Services, Inc
Synergy Moon
Target Excellence
Teach For America - California
Teen Success Inc.
The Arc of California
The Carol and James Collins Foundation
The Child Abuse Prevention Council of Sacramento
The Children's Movement Fresno
The Children’s Partnership
The Greenhouse
The Los Angeles Trust for Children's Health
The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment (MADE)
The Opportunity Institute
The Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation
The Rhythmic Arts Project
The Science of Teaching
The Unforeseen
The Yurok Education Committee
Tikun Olam Foundation
Time for Kids
Toddle Flexible Preschool
UC San Diego
United Way California Capital Region
United Way of California
United Way of San Luis Obispo
Unity Care Group
Valley Oak Children's Services
Valley Wine Connection
Via Services
Violence Prevention Coalition
Vision y Compromiso
Vista Unified School District
Walnut Creek Bulldawgs
Watch Me Grow
Watkins Photo Archive Project
Way Up Sacramento
Westside Infant Network
WHH Foundation
Worksite Wellness LA
Wright Family Child
Wu Yee Children's Services
YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles
YMCA of Silicon Valley
YMCA of the Central Bay Area Early Childhood Services
Yolo County Office of Education
Youth Policy Institute
Zeyda's Collection

as of 05/31/16

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