California Budget Adds $271 Million to Support Child Care

Good news!

The 2017-18 (fiscal year) California State Budget will add about $271 million to support child care and early education for the state’s working families and their children. The increases will affect San Francisco’s working families in a big way.

Combined with the roll-out of the new Early Learning Scholarship system by the city of San Francisco, and a local $6.1 million proposed increase in our city child care budget, this will mean substantially better care for our kids and support for our families and early educators.

Last month the governor and state legislators approved a budget that addresses long-standing policy issues limiting families’ access to subsidized child care and early education. Plus, rates paid to child care providers and early educators will go up – much closer to a living wage than at any time since the recession.

With this increase, and those in recent years, the State will have made up about 75% of the billion dollars in cuts to child care and early education funding during the recession.

Here’s why these changes matter!

The access issues:

The rate issue:

There is still work to be done

While we celebrate this progress, we cannot forget that hundreds of thousands of subsidy-eligible children throughout the state still do not have financial assistance to pay for care because state funding remains far below need.

There is no more important investment than caring for our children in the first five years of their life—helping parents afford child care, so that they can work and advance economically, and helping children get the quality education they need to be ready for school and for life!

Please join us to achieve our goal of making quality child care and early education a reality for all children in our city and our state.

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