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The 2024-25 Budget: Child Care


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The 2023-24 Budget: Child Care Proposals

February 9, 2023 - This brief provides an overview and initial analysis of the Governor’s key child care budget proposals for 2023-24, estimates of child care program costs, and the effects of allowing some temporary policies to expire.

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The 2023-24 California Spending Plan: Child Care and State Preschool

November 17, 2023 - This post summarizes the state’s 2023-24 spending package for child care and preschool. It is part of our Spending Plan series, which contains posts focused on each major sector of the state budget.

Update (12/20/23): Corrected total child care program costs in Figure 1.

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The 2024-25 Budget: Preliminary May Revision Analysis for Child Welfare

May 24, 2024 - This post provides initial high-level takeaways and comments regarding May Revision proposals for child welfare programs. Includes comments on the overall child welfare budget—focusing on new proposals at the time of the administration’s May Revision—as well as comments and questions related to the updated proposal for statutorily required permanent foster care rates.

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The 2024-25 Budget: State Preschool

April 16, 2024 - This post analyzes 2024-25 Governor’s budget proposal related to State Preschool.

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The 2020-21 Spending Plan: Early Education

October 26, 2020 - This post summarizes the state’s 2020-21 spending package for early education. It is part of our Spending Plan series, which contains posts focused on each major sector of the state budget.

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[PDF] The 2020-21 Budget: Early Education Analysis

February 21, 2020 - In this report, we provide an overview of the Governor’s early education proposals, then analyze his three major early education proposals. Specifically, we analyze his proposals to (1) expand the number of full‑day preschool slots, (2) create a new department to administer child care programs, and (3) fund facilities for more preschool programs.

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[PDF] Overview of Early Education Issues

May 30, 2019 - Presented to: Budget Conference Committee

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Supplemental Analysis of The 2002-03 Governor's Budget for Child Care

April 25, 2002 - We review options and recommendations for the Legislature to consider in funding and reforming the state’s subsidized child care system.

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[PDF] The 2021-22 Budget: Child Care Proposals

February 11, 2021 - This post analyzes the Governor’s proposal to transition state administration of child care programs. We further provide options the Legislature could consider to support child care programs during the pandemic.

Correction (2/18/2021): A previous version of this post stated DSS released a draft of the transition plan. This version is corrected to state DSS released a transition plan guide.

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The 2024-25 Budget: Child Welfare

February 26, 2024 - In this post, we analyze the Governor’s budget proposals relating to child welfare and foster care programs, which include a number of budget solutions. In addition, the post provides comments and questions to help the Legislature weigh in regarding the administration’s proposal for the statutorily required new foster care rates structure.

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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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The 2022-23 Budget: The Governor’s Homelessness Plan

February 9, 2022 - This brief provides an update on some major recent state budget actions related to homelessness, describes the Governor’s homelessness budget proposals, and raises issues for the Legislature’s consideration.

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[PDF] The 2024-25 Budget: Proposition 98 Overview and K-12 Education

February 29, 2024 - Presented to: Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 1 on Education Finance

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[PDF] The 2024-25 Budget: Proposition 98 Overview and K-12 Education

February 27, 2024 - Presented to: Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 3 on Education Finance