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AB-194 Childcare and development services.(2019-2020)



SECTION 1.
 (a) The Legislature finds and declares both of the following:
(1) Research shows that access to quality early care and education programs is crucial to children, families, and the future success of the state.
(2) Early care and education programs provide young children with valuable early learning and child development experiences that get them ready for school and a successful future. With access to quality early learning and childcare, families can go to work and provide for their needs knowing that their children are safe, nurtured, and learning.
(b) In recognizing the benefits of quality early care and education to a child’s lifelong well-being and to the path of families to self-sufficiency, it is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would build a strong foundation for the early care and education system so it can optimally serve the unique needs of California’s families and young children.
SEC. 2.
 The Legislature finds and declares both of the following:
(a) Mounting research shows that high-quality early care and education programs equip young children with the social, emotional, and cognitive skills they need to be ready to enter kindergarten and have a bright future.
(b) Early care and education programs support the state’s working families by allowing them to go to work and earn a living. However, there is a severe shortage of childcare in California. Recent data shows that there are 1.2 million children eligible for state subsidized childcare who do not receive it because of the lack of access in the state.

SEC. 3.

 Section 8209.1 is added to the Education Code, to read:

8209.1.
 Upon appropriation by the Legislature in the annual Budget Act or another statute, one billion dollars ($1,000,000,000) shall be made available to immediately improve access to alternative payment programs as described in Article 3 (commencing with Section 8220) and general childcare and development programs as described in Article 8 (commencing with Section 8240) for the state’s eligible children and families in need.