This e-mail contains the following items:
- Assembly Blue Ribbon Commission on Early Childhood Education
- State Legislation Update
- 2019-20 Budget Updates
- Budget Trailer Bill Language
- Budget Hearings
Assembly Blue Ribbon Commission on Early Childhood Education
The Assembly Blue Ribbon Commission is holding a hearing on March 11, 2019 at the State Capitol in Room 4202 to take public comment on their draft report. A draft will be released publicly prior to the hearing; there will be a public comment period for a few days after the hearing. The Commissioners anticipate a final release of the report in April 2019. For updates, visit https://speaker.asmdc.org/blue-ribbon-commission-hearings. Attached is the hearing flyer.
State Legislation Update
Attached is the matrix of legislation bills of likely interest to the field of early care and education introduced to date updated as of today – March 5, 2019. The Child Care Planning Committee and Policy Roundtable for Child Care and Development’s Joint Committee on Legislation is in the process of assigning levels of interest to the bills. Note that levels of interest do not indicate a recommended pursuit of position; rather it identifies bills that will be monitored with greater scrutiny that may or may not result in a recommended position.
The legislature last day to introduce bills was Friday, February 22nd.
2019-20 Budget Updates
ECE Coalition Letter
Attached is the ECE Coalition letter to Senator Holly Mitchell and Assembly Member Phil Ting, Chairs of their respective budget committees. The letter acknowledges the Governor’s proposals to boldly invest in California’s young children and their families while also urging additional investments to address the unmet need for early care and education services targeted to infants and toddlers and the complicated, under-resourced reimbursement system.
Budget Trailer Bill Language
The Department of Finance has posted Trailer Bill Language on its website at http://www.dof.ca.gov/Budget/Trailer_Bill_Language/. Trailer Bills of likely interest to our field are as follows:
- Education Omnibus Trailer Bill – includes proposed amendment to state preschool wraparound eligibility
- Child Care and Early Learning Strategic Plan, Child Care Infrastructure Grants, and Child Care Workforce Development Grants
- Emergency Child Care Bridge Program for Foster Children – Reimbursement for Live Scan and application fee for prospective license exempt providers
- Elimination of fingerprint licensing fee exemption
Upcoming Budget Hearings
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 ▪ 9 a.m.
Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 2 On Education Finance
State Capitol, Room 447
Topic: Department of Education – Early Childhood Education
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 ▪ 2:30 p.m.
Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 1 on Health and Human Services
2:30 p.m. – State Capitol, Room 444
Department of Social Services – Child Welfare Services / Foster Care and Community Care Licensing
Thursday, April 4, 2019 ▪ 9:30 a.m.
Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 3 on Health and Human Services
John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203)
Topic: Department of Social Services – Child Welfare Services and Community Care Licensing among other items
Thursday, April 25, 2019 ▪ 9:30 a.m.
Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 1 on Education
Topic: Department of Education – Child Care and Early Education; Special Education
All hearings are usually accessible for viewing from http://www.calchannel.com/live-webcast/.
Please feel free to contact Michele Sartell if you have any questions or comments regarding the attached documents and/or would like to bring a bill not listed to her attention.
Michele P. Sartell
Child Care Planning Coordinator/Program Specialist III
Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Division
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
600 South Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 800
Los Angeles, California 90005
213.639.6239 I Direct
213.639.6202 I Main
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