Updated September 29, 2015

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California Assembly Bills      
Bill Number (Author) Brief Description Sponsor Contact Status

AB 47

Would require, on or before June 30, 2018, that all eligible children who are not enrolled in to transitional kindergarten have access to the state preschool program the year before they enter kindergarten, if their parents wish to enroll them, contingent upon the appropriation of sufficient funding in the annual Budget Act for this purpose. Fiscal effect: yes  Early Edge California

Bryan  Singh



Amended: 4/22/15
Amended: 5/6/15
Amended: 5/6/15
Amended: 6/1/15
Amended: 7/2/15
Amended: 9/4/15

Enrolled: 9/16/15

Governor's Desk
AB 74
Would require the Department of Social Services (CDSS) to conduct annual unannounced inspections of licensed facilities, including child care centers and family child care homes, as of 1/1/19. Specifies incremental steps to increasing the percent of facilities subject to annual unannounced inspections to no less than 30 percent of facilities and inspect a licensed
facility at least once every three years between 1/1/17 and 1/1/18 and then no less than 20 percent of facilities and inspections at least once every two years as of 1/1/18 to 1/1/19. Fiscal effect: $20 million ongoing CCDAA supports this bill.

Kelsey Castillo


Introduced: 1/6/15
Amended: 6/25/15
Amended: 8/31/15
Amended: 9/2/15

Enrolled: 9/11/15

Governor's Desk

AB 271

Would authorize CDE-contracted programs, including AP Programs and providers, to maintain any records electronically, in compliance of state and federal standards as determined by the CDE, regardless of whether the original documents were created in electronic format and to retain a case record using either electronic or other alternative storage technologies. Any conversion from a paper record to an electronic format,
as well as the storage of the electronic record, shall comply with the minimum standards as described in law. In addition, would authorize AP Programs and providers to use a digital signature, which shall have the
same force and effect as the use of a manual signature if the requirements for digital signatures and their acceptable technology meet legal requirements as defined. Fiscal effects: unknown

 John Heyer


Amended: 4/7/15
Amended: 5/28/15
Enrolled: 9/3/15

Governor's Desk

AB 433

Would require a deceased child to continue to be included as a member of a qualified family for the month in which his/her death occurred, and the following month. Would prohibit sanctions imposed on parents during a defined period of grieving and require the County to assist the family with access to mental health and other services.  Western Center on Law and Poverty  

Introduced: 2/19/15
Amended: 3/26/15
Enrolled: 9/10/15
Governor's Desk

AB 762 (Mullen)

Amends existing law that stipulates CDSS to develop guidelines and procedures to authorize licensed child day care centers with a toddler program to serve children between 18 months and three years of age beginning 1/1/16. Expresses legislative intent to provide continuity of care to CA’s children and parents in the implementation of this provision. California Head Start Association, CA Assoc for the Education of Young Children

Miriam Farouk


Introduced: 2/25/15
Amended: 4/8/15
Amended: 6/1/15
Amended: 7/16/15
Amended: 8/18/15
Enrolled: 9/2/15

Governor's Desk

AB 833

Would authorize Alameda County to develop an individualized county child care subsidy plan as a pilot project to sunset until 1/1/2021. Plan to ensure that child care subsidies received by the county are used to address local needs, conditions, and priorities of working families in the community. Would require the plan to be submitted to the local planning council and the Alameda County Board of Supervisors for approval; would require CDE/ EESD review and approval of plan and subsequent modifications. Clarifying amendments to ensure inclusion of sub-contractors as well as direct contractors of child care and development services. In addition, prohibits county from changing the RMR survey results for the county. Alameda County Early Care and Education Planning Council Jacqueline Orpilla

Introduced: 2/26/15
Amended: 3/26/15
Amended: 4/22/15
Amended: 6/19/15
Amended: 9/4/15

Enrolled: 9/14/15

Governor's Desk


AB 1207 (Lopez)

Amends and adds to Health and Safety Code pertaining to mandated child abuse reporting in child care and development programs. Specifies training requirements, the requirements of the Office of Child Abuse Prevention and Community Care Licensing Division to inform child care facilities on detecting and reporting child abuse and the responsibilities of mandated reporters, and information on consequences when fail to report incidents of known or reasonably suspected child abuse or neglect. Requires administrators, providers and employees to participate in renewal mandated reporter training every two years. Provisions of bill effective 1/1/2018
Child Care Law Center  
Kristi Lopez


Introduced: 2/27/15
Amended: 6/10/15
Amended: 8/31/15
Amended: 9/4/15
Enrolled: 9/16/15

Governor's Desk
California Senate Bills      

SB 277 (Pan & Allen)

Would eliminate the exemption existing specified immunization requirements based upon personal beliefs for purposes of admitting a child into a private or public elementary or secondary school, child care center or family child care home, but allow certain exemptions. Would exempt pupils in a home-based private schools or students enrolled in independent study who do not receive classroom-based instruction. Pupils who submitted letter or affidavit on file prior to 1/1/16 at a school, child care and development program stating beliefs opposed to immunization allowed to remain enrolled until pupil enrolls in next grade span. Would allow for temporary exclusion from above-referenced programs if child exposed to a disease and documentation exists showing lack of proof of immunization until local health officer satisfied that child no longer at risk of contracting or transmitting disease. Family medical history added as circumstance for physician to not recommend immunization. 

Vaccinate California Darin Walsh


Introduced: 2/19/15
Amended: 4/22/15
Amended: 5/5/15
Amended: 5/7/15
Amended: 6/11/15
Amended: 6/18/15
Enrolled: 6/29/15
Chaptered: 6/30/15

Approved by Governor
June 30, 2015

SB 548
(De Leon)
(Co-author: Assembly Speaker Atkins

Would require the CDE to ensure that all family child care providers attend an in-person orientation training to include at least four hours of instruction, which shall be in addition to training currently offered by resource and referral programs, and which is intended to count towards satisfying pre-service or orientation training requirements of federal law. Training to include information on minimal health and safety standards, child care subsidy program functions, occupational health and safety for family child care providers, the state’s early learning foundations, resources, and more to be completed within three months of participating in a state-funded child care program. The CDE to offer the orientation training either directly or through contracts. Occupational safety and health portion of training may be offered through contract with a statewide organization with expertise in stated-funded child care programs, however cannot be an entity that contracts with the state or county to administer or process payments for a state-funded child care program. The SPI may consult with other entities in developing rules and regulations for the orientations. Contingent upon funding appropriation.

 SEIU State Council, AFSCME, AFL-CIO
 Jennifer Troia

Introduced: 2/26/15
Amended: 4/14/15
Amended: 6/1/15
Amended: 8/17/15
Amended: 9/4/15
Enrolled: 9/16/15

Governor's Desk

SB 792 (Mendoza)

Would, beginning 9/1/16, prohibit a person from being employed or volunteering at child development center or a family child care home if not immunized against influenza, pertussis, and measles. Would require the program to maintain documentation of the required immunizations or exemptions from immunization in the employee’s or volunteer’s personnel file. Volunteer defined as nonemployee who provides care and supervision to children in care. Would require any person hired as a teacher in a center to present evidence of a current tuberculosis clearance. Specifies circumstances for exemptions from the immunization requirement based on medical safety, current immunity or a written statement declining the influenza vaccination. If person meets requirements for employment or volunteering, has 30 days to obtain immunization records. Violation of the provisions would not be subject to a crime.

Health Officers Association Dorian Almaraz

Introduced: 2/27/15
Amended: 4/7/15
Amended: 4/30/15
Amended: 6/22/15
Amended: 7/2/15
Amended: 8/17/15
Amended: 9/4/15
Enrolled: 9/10/15

Governor's Desk

 Bill Number (Author)

Brief Description




California Budget Bills (Including Trailer Bills)

AB 93 (Weber)

Budget Act of 2015
(includes child care and development items


Approved by Governor
June 24, 2015

AB 104 (Committee on Budget)

Education Finance: education omnibus trailer bill


Approved by Governor
June 24, 2015

SB 79 (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review)

Human Services (TBL) – inclusive regulatory compliance of licensed child care facilities


Approved by Governor
June 24, 2015

SB 97 (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review)

Budget Act of 2015 amendments
(includes child care and development items)


Approved by Governor
June 24, 2015

SB 101 (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review

Amends Budget Act of 2015 by revising appropriations of certain items and making other changes. Among the changes, amends the provisions pertaining to the part-day state preschool program by ensuring that funds allocated to provide additional slots are prioritized to underserved areas where the ratios of publicly


Approved by Governor
September 22, 2015

ACLU = American Civil Liberties Union
AFSCME = American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees

CAEYC = California Association for the Education of Young Children
CAPPA = California Alternative Payment Program Association
CAFB = California Association of Food Banks
CCCCA = California Child Care Coordinators Association

CCDAA = California Child Development Administrators Association
CCLC = Child Care Law Center
CCRRN = California Child Care Resource and Referral Network
CDA = California Dental Association
CDE = California Department of Education
CDSS = California Department of Social Services
CDPI = Child Development Policy Institute

CFT = California Federation of Teachers
CHAC = California Hunger Action Coalition
CIWC = California Immigrant Welfare Collaborative
CSAC = California School - Age Consortium
CTC = Commission on Teacher Credentialing

CCALA = Child Care Alliance of Los Angeles
CWDA = County Welfare Directors' Association
CSAC = California State Association of Counties

CTA = California Teachers Association
CWDA= County Welfare Directors' Association
DDS = Department of Developmental Services
DHS = Department of Health Services
DMH = Department of Mental Health
First 5 = First 5 Commission of California

HHSA = Health and Human Services
LCC = League of California Cities

LACOE = Los Angeles County of Education
LAC CPSS = Los Angeles County Commission for Public Social Services

LAUSD = Los Angeles Unified School District
MALDEF = Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund
NASW = National Association of Social Workers
NCYL = National Center for Youth Law
PG&E = Pacific Gas and Electric Company
SEIU = Service Employees International Union
TCI = The Children's Initiative
US DHHS =  United States Department of Health and Human Services