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March 16, 2017 - In this report, we analyze the Governor’s child care and preschool proposals. The report has six main sections. In the first section, we provide background on child care and preschool programs in California. In the second section, we provide an overview of the Governor’s child care and preschool proposals. In the third section, we analyze the Governor’s preschool proposals and make associated recommendations. In the following two sections, we provide in‑depth analyses of (1) the state’s various quality improvement activities and (2) Alternative Payment agencies, which administer certain child care programs. The final section consists of a summary of the recommendations we make throughout the report.
April 12, 2016 - Presented to Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Education Finance
April 7, 2016 - The Child and Dependent Care Expenses Credit (“child care tax credit” or “credit”) is a provision of the state income tax code that allows filers with income below $100,000 to reduce their tax liability by a percentage of their eligible child care expenses. The 2015–16 Budget Act required our office to prepare a report providing options to extend the credit to low– and middle–income families not currently receiving child care subsidies. This report provides an analysis of the costs, benefits, and trade–offs associated with these options.
February 29, 2016 - Presented to: Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee
February 24, 2016 - In this report, we analyze the Governor’s child care and preschool proposals. The report includes (1) a high-level overview of the proposed child care and preschool budget, and (2) an assessment of the Governor's proposals to restructure California's child care and preschool programs. At the end of the report, we provide a summary of our recommendations.
November 1, 2015 - What Are California’s Major School Readiness Programs? This is one of a series of issue briefs examining important questions about education funding in California.
October 19, 2015 - At key times during the state’s budget cycle, we post tables containing important information about the education parts of the budget. Specifically, we post tables in January, May, and October. The January tables generally reflect the Governor’s Budget proposal, the May tables reflect the Governor’s May Revision, and the October tables reflect the final enacted budget. The tables currently highlighted are for the state’s enacted 2015-16 budget. The tables cover all areas of education, with tables on K-12 education, adult and workforce education, community colleges, universities, financial aid, child care and preschool.
June 19, 2015 - We have provided information on the major provisions of the budget plan passed by the Legislature on Friday, June 19. (It does not reflect potential gubernatorial vetoes.) We will provide a more comprehensive summary of the budget plan in our annual California Spending Plan later this summer.
June 2, 2015 - Presented to: Budget Conference Committee
April 16, 2015 - Presented to: Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 1 on Education Hon. Marty Block, Chair Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 3 on Health and Human Services Hon. Holly Mitchell, Chair
April 16, 2015 - Presented to Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 1 on Education and Subcommittee No. 3 on Health and Human Services
April 14, 2015 - Presented to: Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 1 on Health and Human Services Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Education Finance
June 4, 2014 - Presented to 2014-15 Budget Conference Committee
May 20, 2014 - Presented to Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 1 on Education