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. By 2019, subsidy programs in our county will have the flexibility to improve the efficiency of our system by, for example, increasing income eligibility guidelines for families and offering higher reimbursement rates to providers. Consequently, programs will be able to fully use available subsidies and serve additional children.

In order to make these changes, Marin is required to create a Child Care Subsidy Pilot Plan in 2018 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) is being 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 existing “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  – Meeting #2 with stakeholders of all Pilot Bills at the Governor’s office about streamlining the plans design process.

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. 5th, 2018  – Meeting #3 with stakeholders of all Pilot Bills at the Governor’s office about streamlining the plans design process.

Jan. 23rd, 2018First meeting of the Marin Pilot Plan Ad Hoc Committee.

Feb. 6th, 2018 –  Web meeting with our CDE Pilot Plan Administrator, Guadalupe Romo-Zedejas

Feb. 26th, 2018Draft Participation Agreement released to local Contractors and Pilot Ad Hoc Committee members

Feb. 27th, 2018 – Second meeting of the Marin Pilot Plan Ad Hoc Committee – click here for the recordingclick here for the recording and slides

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 3rd, 2018Plan approved at the Local Child Care Planning Council/Marin County Child Care Commission General Meeting  

April 24, 2018Plan approved by the County of Marin Board of Supervisors

May 1st, 2018 – Plan submitted to the California Department of Education

Click here to access documents related to the Pilot Plans.