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AB-125 Early childhood education: reimbursement rates.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 12/03/2018 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 125


Introduced by Assembly Members McCarty, Berman, Bonta, Burke, Carrillo, Chiu, Friedman, Eduardo Garcia, Gonzalez, Limón, Reyes, Santiago, Ting, and Wicks
(Principal coauthors: Senators Dodd and Hill)

December 03, 2018


An act relating to early childhood education.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 125, as introduced, McCarty. Early childhood education: reimbursement rates.
Existing law, the Child Care and Development Services Act, establishes a system of child care and development services for children up to 13 years of age, and requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to implement a plan establishing assigned reimbursement rates, per unit of average daily enrollment, to be paid by the state to provider agencies for the provision of those services.
This bill would provide that it is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would establish a single regionalized state reimbursement rate system for childcare, preschool, and early learning services that would achieve specified objectives.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 (a) It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would establish a single regionalized state reimbursement rate system for childcare, preschool, and early learning services that would achieve all of the following:
(1) Compensate all teachers and providers for the true cost of providing care by reimbursing them at rates that reflect the economic diversity of California.
(2) Recognize the costs of meeting varying standards and regulations.
(3) Strengthen the ability of the state’s mixed delivery system to provide quality early learning options.
(b) It is the intent of the Legislature that the single regionalized state reimbursement rate system described in subdivision (a) would ensure all of the following:
(1) The state’s diverse early childhood education teachers and providers would be competitively compensated.
(2) Quality would be incentivized by giving teachers, childcare providers, and early learning programs access to financial incentives to engage in continuing education, ongoing professional learning, quality improvement efforts, and the implementation of higher quality standards as a means of improving child outcomes.
(3) Policymakers would understand funding levels and the needs of parents, and community members would understand the differences in program content and the costs associated with providing high-quality childcare, preschool, and early learning services.