Advocacy

The 2022-23 State Budget:
The Need for Investment in Child Care and Development Infrastructure

In 2021, California allocated $250 million for the Child
Care and Development Infrastructure Grant Program, which was a reinstatement of funding that was allocated in the 2019-20 budget but swept back into the General Fund at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The now funded Grant Program is being managed and rolled out by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS). This represents the only state funds dedicated for the expansion, improvement, and sustainability of ECE facilities’ physical spaces. 

The UC Berkeley Center for Cities and Schools estimates that over $10 billion in funding is required to address the facilities-related need for a statewide mixed-delivery system of early care and education. Whether home- or center-based, all providers throughout the state have unique needs when facing facilities concerns.

The following  budget requests address the need for additional investments and ensure a targeted, strategic, and equitable approach directed to communities and families with the greatest need.

$300 MM for the Child Care and Development Infrastructure Grant Fund

$10 MM to Support the Integration of Affordable Housing and Child Care Facilities

Past Advocacy Efforts

Our Input on the California Child Care and Development Infrastructure Grant Program

On November 9th, we submitted a letter to the Child Care and Development Division (CCDD) of the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) sharing input we received from our members and partners regarding the California Child Care and Development Infrastructure Grant Program. Click here to read the letter. We hope that this feedback provides additional insight as CCDD-CDSS implements this important program. 

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#BuildBackBetterNOW

Negotiations on the Build Back Better Act are still ongoing and we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to push for the biggest investment in child care and early learning in decades: $450 Billion. It is crucial that investments in child care facilities are kept as part of it.

Thanks to all who have joined members and partners of the National Children’s Facilities Network in advocating for investments in child care facilities’ physical infrastructure!

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Thanks to all organizations that joined us as a co-signer of our “Support $450 Billion for Child Care Letter”!

Over 30 organizations joined members and partners of the ECE Coalition in requesting our Congressmembers to prioritize investments in child care in the final version of the Build Back Better Act! Click here for the letter that was submitted to our California representatives.

Use the links below to access related informational materials by the National Women’s Law Center:

Thank you for joining us and making your voice heard! 

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2021-22 STATE BUDGET – #BuildChildCare4CA Campaign

Thanks to all who got involved in the campaign!

Because of our collaborative advocacy efforts and the responsive leadership of elected officials and staff, the state is investing $250MM in the Child Care and Development Infrastructure Grant Program as part of the 2021-22 State Budget. Sourcing capital from both the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and the state’s General Fund, this program will make available grants for non-LEA organizations.  These resources will support the acquisition, construction, development, and renovation of child care facilities, including center-based and family child care providers.

The campaign was implemented from January to July 2021. Use the following links to access some campaign materials:

A big thank you to our organizational partners, state legislators, and Governor Newson for making this investment a reality!

This is not the only historic state investment in ECE. If you would like to learn more about ECE components of the 2021-22 State Budget, click on the links below for information presented by Kristin Schumacher, Senior Policy Analyst at California Budget and Policy Center, at our end of campaign celebration:

 

About Our Advocacy Efforts

As part of our mission, we connect and strengthen communities’ voices for quality and equity in child care infrastructure.

We collaborate with various advocacy groups as part of state and national alliances, such as the ECE Coalition and the National Children’s Facility Network.

For more information, please contact us at buildupca@liifund.org.

Meeting with Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry