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SB 1047 – California’s Early Learning and Care System (formerly SB 50)

Kidango is proud to co-sponsor SB 1047 (Limón) to strengthen and promote a mixed-delivery early learning and care system in California to better meet the needs of working parents and their children, particularly infants and toddlers, as envisioned in the state’s Master Plan for Early Learning and Care.

SB 1047 expands access and eligibility for child care programs. This bill aims to increase efficiencies in the direct contracting Early Learning and Care system by removing barriers to serve more children in quality programs and strengthen the family child care system to give our youngest learners a strong start. Considering COVID-19’s devastating impact on families and early childhood providers, we must build a stronger, more equitable Early Learning and Care system for California’s children, families, and providers.

Specifically, SB 1047 would:

Expand the State Preschool Program (CSPP) to serve children 18 months through age 5. This will ensure providers have more flexible funding to meet the needs of children and families, instead of balancing between multiple different age-limited contracts. Funding that follows the child will help protect against children losing services because they have a birthday. Opening up CSPP to younger children will also allow more infants and toddlers from low-income backgrounds to access quality Early Learning and Care.

Remove existing barriers between child care and preschool contracts, allowing providers more flexibility to serve children and families. This bill expands categorical eligibility for subsidized child care for families who are already enrolled in CalFresh, Medi-Cal, WIC or Head Start. This will significantly reduce the paperwork and administrative burden on families and providers.

Make it easier for families to maintain access to subsidized child care and preschool. The bill also extends eligibility for subsidized child care from 12 to 24 months to improve continuity of care for families and children.

SB 1047 will expand access to high-quality Early Learning and Care programs by leveraging existing state and provider resources. This is particularly true for infants and toddlers, where the unmet need is most acute.

How You Can Support This Bill

1. Submit an Organizational Support Letter for SB 1047

SB 1047 Support Letter Template

2. Tweet a message

3. Call in and make public comment during the hearing

SB 1047 will be heard by the Senate Education Committee this Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at 9 am (PDT). We need your voice. Call today to voice your support.

Participant Call-in Number: 877-226-8163  Access Code: 7622462

Here are instructions for providing public comment based on recent experience:

  • Once the hearing has started, call in to the virtual hearing by using the phone number and pin provided by the committee.
  • If you want to provide public comment at the end of the panel discussion, you will need to dial 10 to be put in the public comment que. The operator will assign you a line number.
    When it is your turn to speak, you will hear the operator say, “Line number 123 your line is open.”
  • Once the operator cues you, unmute your phone or device and state your name, affiliation, and that you support SB 1047.
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Author: Senator Monique Limón

Sponsors:
Early Edge California (Sponsor)
Kidango (Sponsor)
EveryChild California (Sponsor)

Current Status: Referred Senate Education Committee and will be heard on Wednesday, April 6th, 2022 at 9:30

How You Can Support This Bill:

Here is a sample support letter for SB 1047. Please copy and paste onto your letterhead and submit online at https://calegislation.lc.ca.gov/Advocates/ by Friday, April 1, 2022 at 12:00 pm (PDT). Please send copy to: samantha.omana@sen.ca.gov and advocacy@kidango.org.

Show Your Support on Social Media:
Use the SB 1047 Toolkit that contains social posts, graphics, and talking points.

Track this bill: To track bills, visit the California Legislative Information Inquiry System. Once you have created an account, you can click on the “My Subscriptions” tab to be notified of any hearings, amendments, and actions taken on SB 1047.
For detailed instructions on how to track a bill, please click here.  

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