Last week, our field came together and submitted to the Governor over 1,100 signatures asking that he reject further cuts to child care. Late last week, the Governor and Democratic leadership came to an agreement for additional cuts. YES, the cuts are staggaring. But the cuts are to a level that our existing early care and education field can continue.
We now need to support the compromise child care language wtih no more cuts. I know we are all tired, but it is anticipated that the Governor will take action this week. PLEASE, let's all be heard! Sign the petiion today. Circulate to all that you know.
SUPPORT THE COMPROMISE! MAKE NO MORE CUTS TO CHILD CARE!
The current State budget compromise agreement between Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic leaders will eliminate 10,560 child care slots. Further it cuts 8.7% from non-Prop 98 early care and education programs. However, the cuts maintain California's diverse early care and education delivery system including parental access to high quality Title 5 centers and all provider types.
Further, the compromise:
• Rejects the reduction of income eligibility to 200% of federal poverty level.
• Rejects the proposed elimination of Transitional Kindergarten.
• Rejects reimbursement rate reductions to the SRR and the RMR (both licensed and license-exempt providers).
• Rejects the elimination of supplemental funding for child nutrition programs.
• Rejects the realignment of child care and development responsibility/funding from the CDE to CDSS/county welfare departments.
California's economic recovery depends on families working, investment in kids for the long term, and revenue solutions.
Since 2008, California’s Child Care and Development system has suffered multiple years of devastating cuts, a loss of over $883 million dollars and the elimination of over 107,262 child care slots. Our quality early care and education delivery infrastructure has already been severely compromised resulting in loss of access for many. More reductions will destroy the pathway to self sufficiency for working families and disconnect the most fragile of children starting at birth from California's decade's rich investment in early care and education.