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A Review of Child Care and Preschool Program Flexibilities in Certain Counties


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The 2016-17 Budget: Analysis of Child Care and Preschool Proposals

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.

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The 2012-13 Budget: The Governor's CalWORKs and Child Care Proposals

February 22, 2012 - The Governor proposes to reduce funding for the CalWORKs program and state-subsidized child care programs. Under his budget plan, these programs would be reduced a total of $1.4 billion or about 20 percent in 2012-13 compared to what current law otherwise would require. These savings would be achieved by imposing stricter limits on which families are eligible to receive which types of services, as well as lowering state payments for CalWORKs recipients and child care providers. Additionally, the Governor’s proposal would make major changes to the way the state administers both welfare-to-work and child care services. In this report, we describe and analyze the Governor’s proposals related to the CalWORKs program and then turn to a similar discussion of the proposed changes to child care programs. We conclude by providing the Legislature with illustrative packages of ways to achieve savings in these two areas using different approaches than the Governor's.

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Restructuring California's Child Care and Development System

April 4, 2014 - We believe California's child care and development system has several serious design flaws. Most notably, families accessing some subsidized child care programs may choose among a broad array of providers whereas families accessing other programs have access to child care only offered in particular places. In addition, some child care programs are required to include developmentally appropriate activities whereas other programs are required to meet only health and safety standards. While these two elements--choice and developmentally appropriate care--are strengths of specific child care programs, the fundamental shortcoming of California's current system is that no subsidized program exhibits both of these strengths concurrently. Given the serious shortcomings of the state's child care and development system, we recommend the Legislature fundamentally restructure it. Our report lays out a plan for a new, simplified, more rational system that treats similar families similarly. Since a fundamental restructuring would take time, the report also includes a roadmap that the Legislature could use for incrementally moving to this new system.

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[PDF] The 2017-18 Budget: Analysis of Child Care and Preschool Proposals

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.

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[PDF] Overview of California’s Child Care and Development System

April 16, 2015 - Presented to Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 1 on Education and Subcommittee No. 3 on Health and Human Services

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[PDF] Overview of California's Child Care and Development System

March 11, 2014 - Presented to Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 1 on Health and Human Services and Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Education Finance

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[PDF] Overview of California's Child Care and Development System

April 10, 2014 - Presented to Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittees No. 1 on Education and No. 3 on Health and Human Services

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[PDF] Overview of California’s Child Care and Development System

April 14, 2015 - Presented to: Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 1 on Health and Human Services Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Education Finance

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[PDF] Overview of California’s Child Care and Development System

March 4, 2015 - Presented to: Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee

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[PDF] Overview of Child Care and Development Budget

March 1, 2012 - Presented to Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee

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[PDF] State Has Two Child Care and Development Systems

March 14, 2012 - Presented to the Joint Hearing of Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 1 on Health and Human Services and Subcommittee No. 2 on Education Finance. Hon. Holly J. Mitchell and Hon. Susan Bonilla, Chairs

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[PDF] Overview of Child Care and Preschool Programs

February 13, 2023 - Presented to: Senate Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review

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[PDF] Overview of State’s Child Care and Development System

May 2, 2013 - Presented to Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 1 on Education