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 – 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.
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