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

AB 273
Would enact the CA Partnership for Infants and Toddlers Act of 2013 and require the SPI by 3/1/2014 to apply to CA Children and Families Commission for funding from moneys received by the Commission pursuant to the California Children and Families Program.  Funds to be used to make supplemental grants of $2,500 annuallyper child available to qualifying general childcare and development infant and toddler contracting agencies to provide enrolled children and families an array of support services. Early Edge CA (Preschool California), California Child Development Administrators Association, ZERO TO THREE Stacy Reardon



Assembly Committee on Appropriations
Suspense File
Inactive Bill - Died

AB 364

Two-year Bill

See Ab 1454

Would require the CA Department of Social Services (CDSS) to conduct unannounced visits to licensed community care facilities, no less than once every two years
  Courtney Jensen

Assembly Committee on Appropriations Held Under Submission
Inactive Bill - Died
AB 641
Would authorize family child care providers to form, join and participate in activities of a provider organization to act as their exclusive on matters relating to child care subsidy programs. Would establish a Family Child Care Parent Advisory Committee to advise and make recommendations to the Governor and the provider organization regarding issues of quality, affordability and accessibility of child care through the subsidy programs.  Stipulates membership appointments with consideration for certain parents who are involved with or received training from organizations focused on child care advocacy or parents whose children receive child care, meeting schedule and reimbursement for travel. Would instruct the CDE to require all R&Rs provide in-person introductory workshops and trainings in substantive topics such as child development and literacy as well as resources to family child care providers who participate in subsidy programs.  Adds to Health and Safety Code a requirement that the Department of Social Services consult with a stakeholder group of family child care providers and parents or guardians to ensure most effective implementation of safety standards for family child care homes.
Bill Wong
Amended: 6/17/13
Amended: 7/10/13

Inactive File
AB 646 (Cooley) Would express intent of Legislature to affirm the employer-education partnership model of a regional P-20 council as a desired structure in CA to help align preschool, K-12, community college, 4-year college, and graduate and professional education programs and funding to advance strategic educational and economic outcomes. NextEd Brendan Repicky

Introduced: 2/21/2013
Amended: 1/6/14
Amended: 1/16/14

Assembly Committee on Appropriations
In Suspense
Inactive Bill - Died

AB 835 (Muratsuchi) Existing law authorizes the Department to make subordinated loans to certain entities for purchase, development, construction, expansion, or improvement of child care and development facilities or make micro enterprise loans available to small or large family child care homes or licensed child care and development facilities serving up to 35 children.  Would authorize the Department of Housing and Community Development, upon the request of the borrower, to modify the terms of a loan if the department determines that the borrower has demonstrated hardship.  Harbor
Gateway Boys
and Girls Club
Brett Williams
3/14/2013 Amended: 6/27/13

In Senate Committee of Appropriations
AB 1152 (Ammiano) Would exempt the California School Age Families Education Program (Cal-SAFE) from any new education financing proposal that would eliminate categorical education programs beginning with the 2013-2014 fiscal year and all subsequent fiscal years. Funding from school districts, charter schools and county offices of education selecting not to maintain or reestablish Cal-SAFE programs shall be restricted to expanding existing or establishing new Cal-SAFE programs. CCDAA Wendy Hill

Assembly Committee on Appropriations
Held under Submission
AB 1178 (Bocanegra) Would establish the CA Promise Neighborhood Initiative to develop a system promise neighborhoods throughout the state to support children’s development from cradle to career. Would specify services to be provided to the participating neighborhoods. CDE to designate 40 CA promise neighborhoods by January 1, 2017, selecting from applications that meet eligibility criteria and demonstrate that they will create a comprehensive, integrated continuum of solutions for community revitalization.
April 2013 amendments provide clarification and specificity to the requirements for selecting eligible entities and implementing a promise neighborhood award.

Introduced: 2/22/13
Amended: 4/23/13
Amended: 1/8/14

Committee on
In Suspense
Inactive Bill - Died

AB 1187 (Mansoor) Would require the CDSS to amend its foster care state plan to authorize the use of designated state child care and development funds administered by the CDE and ASES funds, in addition to county funds, as the non-federal match for specified child care for children receiving child protective services, foster children, and children at risk of abuse and neglect. County of Orange Saulo Londono

Assembly Committee on Human Services
Inactive Bill - Died

AB 1454 (Calderon)


Would amend existing law by requiring the Department of Social Services (DSS) to conduct annual unannounced visits of licensed facilities, including child care centers and family child care homes, with more frequent visits occurring under certain circumstances. In addition, would make pre-licensure survey optional at the discretion of DSS if application for licensure at currently licensed facility for which no material change to management or operations of the facility occur.
Courtney Jensen

Introduced: 1/9/14
Amended: 3/17/14

In Senate Committee on Appropriations

In Senate Committee on Appropriations Held under submission

AB 1902 (Bonta)

(Co-authors: Assembly
Members Bonilla, Buchanan,
Gordon, Mullin, and
(Coauthor: Senator Mitchell)

Would eliminate the imposition of fees families are assessed for part-day State Preschool. Authority given to SPI to establish a fee schedule would not apply to
part-day preschool.

Introduced: 2/19/14

In Senate Committee on Education
Hearing: Canceled at request of Author. Part-day family fees eliminated

AB 1944 (Garcia)

Existing law requires 11 and 12 year old children eligible for subsidized child care services and development services use before and after school programs, unless
parent certifies in writing that program does not meet family needs. Would also delete provision requiring annual reports on the savings generated from the preferred placement of children in before and after school programs
 CAPPA Ashley Medina

Introduced: 2/19/14

Approved by Governor: September 19, 2014


AB 2101 (Levine)

Would authorize CDE-contracted programs, including Alternative Payment (AP) Program contractors and providers, to maintain records electronically regardless of whether the original records were created in an electronic format in compliance with state and federal standards as determined by the CDE . Would allow AP Programs to use electronic signatures. Amendments add to list of records that may be created and maintained by AP programs and providers. California Alternative Payment Program Michael Miller

Introduced: 2/20/14

Amended: 5/6/14

Committee on
Held under Submission. May be reintroduced in the new session.

AB 2111 (Ammiano)

Would provide that participation by any school district, charter school or county superintendent of schools in a California School Age Family Education (Cal- SAFE) program is voluntary and may be paid for with local control funding
formula (LCFF) funds. Any school district, charter school or county
superintendent of schools choosing to offer early learning and education support programs for the children of the teens parents participating in Cal-SAFE using
LCCF or other funds would be required to meet certain health, safety and quality requirements.
SPI, Tom Torlakson

Wendy Hill

Introduced: 2/20/14
Amended: 4/2/14

Committee on Appropriations
Held under Submission. May be introduced in the new session.

AB 2125 (Ridley-Thomas

Would Require on or before January 1, 2016 the SPI to review the plan that establishes reasonable standards and assigned reimbursement rates and submit recommendations to the legislature and the Governor for a single reimbursement system that reflects the actual current cost of child care based on the most recent regional market rate survey. The bill would repeal these provisions on January 1, 2017.
  Khaim Morton

Introduced: 2/20/14
Amended: 4/10/14

In Senate Committee on Appropriations
Held under submissions


AB 2302 (Mullin)

Pertaining to the Child Care Facilities Revolving Fund, would require the period of lease to be 10 or a different term as established by regulations. SPI may transfer funds appropriated for child care facilities into this fund for allocation to school districts for replacement and expansion of capacity. Specifies the parameters of the regulations to include developing forms policies and procedures for fund management, project fund eligibility criteria, maximum award amounts and terms of the loan.   Miriam Farouk

Introduced: 2/21/14
Amended: 4/22/14

Committee on Appropriations Held under Submission

AB 2544 (Hernandez)

Would require the SPI, commending with the 2015-16 fiscal year, to annually calculate and apportion a preschool funding grant for each school district and
charter school in the state pursuant to the LCCF to serve four year old children.
Introduced: 2/21/14
Amended: 4/23/14

Committee on Education
Cancelled by Author


California Senate Bills      
SB 154 (Berryhill) Would make technical, non- substantive changes to the law regarding licensing of community care facilities.    

Introduced:  1/31/2013

Senate Committee on Rules
Inactive Bill - Died


SB 192
Would recast the Child Care and Development Services Act  as  the Early Learning and Educational Support Act, and change all references to child care and development to early learning and educational support. Would consolidate early education center-based contracts and require that the Child Care Resource and Referral (R&R's), and Alternative Payment Program agencies provide families with consumer education to help them make informed choices regarding early learning and support services. Would add the consideration of resources available in attendance areas of elementary schools ranked in deciles 1 to 3 of the Academic Performance Index to the existing methodology used by local planning councils to determine priorities for expansion funds as the become available. The CDE may create a list of high quality early learning and educational support resources to demonstrate high quality options available to resource and referral and alternative payment programs. Deletes sections pertaining to support for teen parents and their infants and toddlers available through their high schools. SPI Darcel Sanders

Introduced: 2/7/13
 Amended: 3/12/13 Amended: 4/3/13 Amended: 4/16/13 Amended: 5/28/13 Amended: 6/14/13
Amended: 8/4/14

In Assembly Committee on Appropriations

Held under submission

SB 443
Would include “organized resident camp” and “organized day camp” and defines "camper". Would require the organized camps to register annually with the local public health officer or designee with documentations describing its operating plan accreditation. Specifies criminal background checks of staff and volunteers. Amendments mostly technical.
California Collaboration for Youth, California State Alliance of YMCAs Michelle Clarke

Amended: 4/16/13
Amended: 8/7/13
Amended: 6/25/15
Amended: 8/4/14

In Assembly Committee on Appropriations

Held under submission

SB 766 (Yee) Would require staff of ancillary child care center to be: registered as a trust-line provider. In addition, would require ancillary centers to comply with requirements relating to provider-child ratios, ensure the presence, at all times, of at least one provider present at the center who is 18 years or older, and ensure that at least one provider present at the center has received training in health and safety inclusive of pediatric first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. (Ancillary centers are those that are ancillary to principal business activity (i.e. health club) and that provide day care services for the children of the clients or customers of the business.)
Sara Rogers
  Amended:  4/1/2013 
Amended: 4/18/2013
Amended: 1/6/14

Senate Committee on Appropriations Held in Submission
inactive Bill - Died
SB 837 (Author Steinberg and co-author Bonta and joint authors Beall, Block, de Leon, DeSaunier, Hancock, Hill, Lara, Leno, Liu, and Wolk)
Would require an allocation of $15 million of the moneys appropriated
for State Preschool in the Budget Act of 2014 to be administered by the local planning councils to be used to fund professional development for teachers, as follows: 1) first priority for professional development for transitional kindergarten (TK) teachers to include stipends for teachers to complete 24 units in early childhood education or child development or a combination of both and strengthening teacher knowledge of the CA Preschool Learning Foundations; 2) second priority for professional development for teachers in the CA State Preschool Program. Would require an allocation of $10 million of the moneys appropriated for State Preschool be allocated to the CDE for other professional development projects not described above. CDE to consult with the CA Community Colleges, the CA Children and Families Commission, school administrators and teachers in
administering this section.
Superintendent of Public Instruction, Early Edge California Susanna

Introduced: 1/6/13
Amended: 4/2/14

Amended: 4/22/14
Amended: 6/18/14
Amended: 7/2/14
Amended: 8/4/14

In Assembly Committee on Appropriations Held under submission.

Sb 876 (includes details that were in SB 837) Approved by Governor, Addresses the Child Care Facilities Revolving Fund, regional market rate ceilings, Transitional Kindergarten education and more.

SB 1123 (Liu)

Would modify Education Code relating to the Child Care and
Development Act as follows: 1) makes four year old children enrolled in TK programs deemed eligible for supplemental education and child care services through CSPP if they are also eligible for Cal-Fresh or Medi-Cal or family income is at or below 70% of the SMI; 1) Recasts General Child Care for Infants and toddlers as California Strong Start to serve children from birth to their third birthday and include parent engagement, full and part-day options, voluntary home visitation nutrition services and refferals as needed to health and social services; 2) requires the SPI to
develop standards, rules and regulations for the implementation of infant-t
toddler services based on the Early head Start model; 3) establishes supplemental grants to support program elements; 4) deems a child eligible for the program year upon enrollment; 5) establishes minimum staff to child ratios and group sizes for each age group of children (infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school age) and teacher qualifications; 6) Gives 2nd priority for State Preschool to 4 year old children not enrolled in TK 7) deems a family eligibile for early learning and educational support programs if also eligible for Cal-Fresh or Medi-Cal or family incomes is at or below 70% of the SMI

Early Edge California

Darcel Sanders

Introduce: 2/19/14
Amended: 3/26/14
Amended: 4/3/14
Amended: 8/4/14

In Assembly Committee on Appropriations


California Budget Bills (Including Trailer Bills)
AB 1457 (Skinner)
Budget Act of 2014 - Technical amendments to approved budget items, including adjusting the Regional Market rate deficit factor from 13% to 10.11%

Introduced: 1/9/14
Amended: 8/13/14

Senate Floor

SB 852 (Leno)
Budget Act of 2014
    Approved by Governor 6/20/14
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
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