After over a year of grassroots advocacy efforts, Governor Brown signed AB-435 (Thurmond) in October 2017. This legislation will provide Marin with flexibility in subsidized child care contracts to avoid the return of state-allocated subsidy funds, which has cost our county $1,697,719 in child care resources between 2013 and 2016. This bill provides to our county the flexibility to improve the efficiency of our system by, for example, modifying eligibility guidelines for families and offering higher reimbursement rates to providers. Consequently, programs may be able to fully use available subsidies and serve additional children.
In order to make these changes, Marin was required to create a Child Care Subsidy Pilot Plan with meaningful input from local stakeholders. A local Ad Hoc committee with representation from State Contractors, Resource & Referral Agency (MC3), County Health and Human Services, First 5 Marin, and Consumers (Parents/Parent Voices) was created. Other counties successfully designed and implemented similar plans with the support of consultants who provide expertise to the complex planning process. Mission Analytics is the consulting group that has been working with Marin and other “Pilot Counties” such as Alameda and Santa Clara.
The first meeting of the Marin Ad Hoc Committee was held on January 23rd, 2018. Below you will find updates about the plan design process.
Oct. 25th, 2017 – Governor Brown signed AB 435 into law
Nov. 6th, 2017 – Marin County Child Care Commission approves the creation of a Pilot Plan Ad Hoc Committee
Nov. 17th, 2017 – Meeting #1 with stakeholders of all Pilot Bills at the Governor’s office about streamlining the plans design process. Click here for a brief overview about the meeting and related documents available
Nov. 30th, 2017 – Webinar about the experience of Alameda County with this process – Click here to watch the recording.
Dec. 15th, 2017 – Workshop on Pilot Rate Calculation – by Lorita Riga
Dec. 20th, 2017 – Received letter from CDE – Subject: Instructions for Submitting Individualized Pilot Plans
Jan. 23rd, 2018 – First meeting of the Marin Pilot Plan Ad Hoc Committee.
February 2018 – First 5 Marin approves supporting the Pilot Plan with a grant to cover the costs of consulting services by Mission Analytics. A contract was established with Mission Analytics to develop the Pilot Plan for Marin County.
March 20th, 2018 – Conference call with Pilot Plan Ad Hoc Committee members about the 24-month eligibility component of the plan – click here for the recording
March 27th, 2018 – Pilot Plan Ad Hoc Committee Meeting
April 24, 2018 – Plan approved by the County of Marin Board of Supervisors
May 1st, 2018 – Plan submitted to the California Department of Education. Contract with Mission Analytics ends
June 2018 – With the approval of AB 108 (June 2019) and the 2018-19 Budget Act (Senate Bill 840), CDE required the resubmission of Pilot Plans using a template
July 2018 – CDE releases the new template and instructions on how to use it. Additional data is requested.
August 2018 – Marin County countywide needs assessment design process is launched. (CDE requires the needs assessment to be included as documentation for the Pilot Plan template).
October 2019 – AB 2626 (Mullin) Child care services was approved by the Governor, extending to all contracts statewide many of the components in the Pilots (as of July 1st, 2020).
- February 1 – 15
- June 15 – 30
April 2019 – 2018-2019 Marin County Early Learning and Care Needs Assessment is approved by the Board of Supervisors and sent to CDE.
June 2019 – Marin Pilot Plan AdHoc Committee approves components to be submitted to CDE as part of the Pilot Plan. Marin Pilot Plan Template submitted to CDE with the following components:
- A family shall be considered to meet all eligibility and need requirements for subsidized child care development services, for not less than 24 months, except for families seeking employment, if applicable (EC 8263 [h])
- Children enrolled in part-day California State Preschool Programs may be eligible for up to two 180-day periods with a 24-month period without the family being certified as a new enrollment each year (EC 8263)
- For homeless families and/or those seeking permanent housing, services shall occur on no more than five (5) days per week and for less than 32.5 hours per week (California Code of Regulations, Title 5 [5 CCR] 18091)
- For seeking employment, services shall occur on no more than five (5) days per week and for less than 32.5 per week (5 CCR 15056.5)
July 2019 – Marin County Pilot Plan Approved by CDE