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1 Child Care and Early Learning Prepared for: Nancy Strohl Executive Director Catherine Atkin President California s i Child Care and Early Learning Systems: Where we are today and where we want to go Webinar California Center for Research on Women and Families October 15, 2009

2 Bio: Catherine Atkin Catherine Atkin is the President of Preschool California, a nonprofit advocacy organization working to increase access to high quality preschool for all of California's children, starting with those who need it most Ms. Atkin is an attorney with legal and policy expertise in the area of early care and education. Prior to joining Preschool California, she was the Principal of a consulting firm specializing in strategic research, analysis and policy development and has more than a decade of professional legislative and advocacy experience on domestic policy issues. From she was a Directing Attorney at Public Counsel Law Center in Los Angeles. Prior to that she was Minority Subcommittee Counsel for the Banking and Financial Services Committee of the United States House of Representatives where she focused on urban development and housing. She graduated from Stanford University and holds a law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley and master s degree in Urban Planning from UCLA. Bio: Nancy Strohl Nancy Strohl is Executive Director of the Child Care Law Center, a nonprofit legal organization, that uses a broad range of legal tools to make high quality care available to every child. Because we understand the importance of quality child care to healthy communities and the inequities in access to such care, we devote particular attention to access for families who face barriers Our work is guided by values emphasizing equity in access to quality care, systemic change that will transform the child care system, inclusion of all children including those with disabilities or special health care needs, and collaboration with allies in the child care and legal aid communities.. Previously, Ms. Strohl served as the Director of the Public Interest Clearinghouse, Contra Costa Legal Services, and the Alameda Volunteer Lawyer Program. A grandmother and working parent who raised three children, she has personal experience with high quality nurturing family child care providers and centers and the challenges of the child care system. Page 2

3 Where We Are: Child Care and Early Learning in the 2009 Legislative Session Page 3

4 Early Care and Education in California s Final 2009 Budget The final budget, including line item vetoes, contained severe cuts for programs serving children and working families However, ECE advocates and policymakers were successful in safeguarding most of current ECE and child care system and resources This was possible in large part due to California s receipt of $211 million in federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds for CCDF over the next two years Page 4

5 Specific Actions in California s Final 2009 Budget ExtendedDay Care Program (Latchkey) for school age children was eliminated The most severe cuts to Community Care Licensing (CCL) were restored, but CCL remains at the bottom of state rankings for frequency of visits Counties received cuts to their CalWORKs allocations, but families with young children are now exempted from work requirements Page 5

6 California Budget Actions, cont. Family fee,eligibility, eligibility, and reimbursement levels were maintained in subsidized child care Preschool and center based program enrollment was funded at close to levels Caseload projections for child care subsidies for families connected to CalWORKs (Stage 2 and Stage 3) were fully funded d Page 6

7 California Budget Challenges California is projected to face continuing deficits Estimated deficit for nextyear may be billion dollars Early Care and Education programs are at serious risk of cuts Budget reform and revenue plans must be enacted or the fiscal crisis will continue Page 7

8 Where We Want to Go Page 8

9 Pathways to Success 1. Maintain investments in our early care and education programs and infrastructure 2. Build foundation for high quality early learning system (QRIS) 3. Maximize i fd federal opportunities to increase access and quality 4. Continue to build alliances for a cohesive early education agenda Page 9

10 1. Maintain Investments Page 10

11 Maintain Investments CalWORKs child care (Stages 1 3) State Preschool Program Other center based programs and subsidies Community Care Licensing (CCL) Reimbursement rates Workforce compensation and education StateandLocal and Infrastructure, e.g, Resource and Referral Agencies First 5 investments Page 11

12 2. Build Foundation for a High Quality Early Learning System Page 12

13 Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) SB 1629 (Steinberg, 2008) created a state advisory committee to develop a policy and implementation plan for an Early Learning Quality Rating Improvement System What will QRIS do? Sets quality standards for early childhood settings Offers financial incentives to encourage programs to pursue high levels of quality Ensures accountability Helps parents make informed decisions Page 13

14 QRIS Process Advisory committee includes 13 state appointedappointed members and 5 subcommittees (Design, Finance, Workforce, Data, and Engagement) Interim report due December 2009 Final report due December 2010 Page 14

15 3. Maximize Federal Opportunities Page 15

16 First: Recognize Improved Federal ECE Landscape New federal executive leadership Strong federal legislative champions Page 16

17 Presidential Leadership Historic presidential leadership on early education offers significant opportunities for states to fund and improve early learning: Early Learning Challenge Fund Early Head Start expansion Increasing access to high quality preschool and other ECE programs for children birth to five Presidential Early Learning Council $5billion in ARRA investments in early education demonstrate leadership commitment Page 17

18 Agency Leadership in HHS and DOE Administration for Children and Families (ACF) oversees CCDBG, TANF and Head dstart t and is: committed to meeting the needs of working families while supporting school readiness incentivizing states to develop systems proposals, ranging from funding to quality to access for the underserved thinking in new ways integrating TANF, health care reform, and theadministration s s environmentalandotherinitiatives and other initiatives Department of Education is emphasizing early education in K 12 policy, including Title 1 and Race to the Top Page 18

19 Second: Identify Goals for California To maximize federal opportunities, we must articulate a vision and design systems that work to: Increase access for underserved dchildren and families Contribute to closing the achievement gap Build on and enhance high quality programs Compensate and educate our workforce Link ECE to K 12 and other systems Support California recovery and a more equitable prosperity Page 19

20 Third: Maximize Opportunities for California s Children and Families Page 20

21 Opportunity: 2010 Federal Budget The President s May budget proposes funding for new initiatives, including Title 1 Early Childhood Grants and competitive Early Learning Challenge Grants a modest increase in funding for Head Start no new funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) The ChildCare/EarlyLearning Care/Early Coalitionisaskingis asking for an increase of $1 billion for CCDBG and $1 billion for Head Start in appropriations for FFY 2010 (ARRA funds augment these programs through h 2010) Page 21

22 Opportunity: Reauthorization of CCDBG in 2010 CCDBG funding levels and requirements will have critical impact on California CaliforniaECE budgetincluded over 510 million dollars in CCDBG funds TANF is also scheduled for reauthorization and is integrally related to CCDBG through work requirements and related child care supports Page 22

23 CCDBG Reauthorization, cont. CCLC priorities for CCDBG reauthorization: Incentivize states to meet the most pressing unmet needs, including programs for infants and toddlers 2007 CCDBG regulations on Error Rate Reporting should be reformulated and genuine appeal and hearing rights required Provide substantial new quality funds with licensing as the foundation of quality See national agenda, Developing America s Potential, at CCLC plansto work with California policymakers and stakeholders to define a California agenda Page 23

24 Opportunity: Early Learning Advisory Council Early Learning Advisory Councils required in every state and would serve as statewide planning body to ensure efficiency, i effectiveness and accountability in states early childhood education efforts California would bepositioned to receive federal funds, including $10.6 million for planning Page 24

25 Opportunity: Early Learning Challenge Fund (ELCF) Inclusion of ELCF in Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009 legislation Would create a competitive grant program to help states invest in high quality early learning programs and improve quality of their early childhood education systems Would generate $8 billion over eight years nationally Recently passed House by vote of 253 to 171; currently in the Senate Page 25

26 Opportunity: ARRA Race to the Top Funds $4.35 billion in competitive grants for comprehensive education reform in states Federal guidance expected soon Advocates are working to include early learning component in state applications Page 26

27 Opportunities: Other Reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act Includes school breakfasts and lunch, WIC, Child and Adult Care Food Program, summer meal programs President s s budget proposal included $1billion increase for child nutrition Reauthorization of Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Includes Title 1 funds for pre K and early learning programs Page 27

28 4. Build Alliances Page 28

29 Key Strategies Develop consensus agenda Identify priorities Coordinate advocacy Develop partnerships p with local, state and federal policymakers Embed ECE into allied policies (health, nutrition, special needs, workforce) Page 29

30 State Resources Child Care Law Center Preschool California The California Child Care Resource and Referral Network org Parent Voices Advancement Project (Water Cooler) Children NOW California First 5 California First 5 Association Child Development Policy Institute California Head StartAssociationwww.caheadstart.org California Budget Project California Working Families Policy Project, United Child Care Union California Federation of Teachers These organizations all play a key role in ECE policy development and implementation numerous other state and local organizations are also key collaborators and advocates. Page 30

31 Federal Resources The National Women s Law Center Center on Law and Social Policy Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Child Care Bureau Pre K Now org Early Care and Education Consortium First Five Years Fund These organizations all follow federal ECE policy and are part of federal policy advocacy efforts Page 31

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