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November 2023

Join us for a Build Up best practices spotlight

Our next best practices spotlight will include opportunities to learn from Studio MLA about their design process and case studies  showcasing best practices in design of early care and education (ECE) facilities.

September 2023

Addressing the Child Care Fiscal Cliff

Build Up has been busy meeting with State Senators, Assemblymembers, and community leaders while legislators are in their home districts. On September 13, Governor Newsom signed budget bills SB 104 and 140, which include new funding from now through fiscal year 2024-25 to support community partners in enrolling families and new funding to support family child care providers and centers.

August 2023

Tell Congress to Support Child Care!

The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) is urging our Nation’s leaders to invest $16B and prevent the impending child care crisis that threatens to destabilize families, slow down economic growth, and jeopardize our workforce. Your voices are needed to protect and prioritize child care and early learning.

July 2023

Celebrate ECE Wins & Sign-On to fund facilities!

Build Up California continues to push forward on our State Budget request for $10 million for facilities as we are committed to uplifting the significance of CDSS’ Infrastructure Grant Program. Add your name / organization to our growing list of support today!

June 2023

State Budget Update & Donate Today

This month, we are helping BlackECE with their goal to raise $19,000 as a part of their Juneteenth Campaign for Liberation. This campaign will keep their work on behalf of Black children, families, and child care educators moving forward. Donate today!

April 2023

Get ready for a Day Without Child Care!

On a “Day without Child Care” we pledge to put the spotlight on the true cost of care and demand the funding we need for a 21st century child care system. For generations, we have been fighting for equitable access to affordable child care and better pay and working conditions for providers, but our needs are still not being met. On May 8, we are taking action!

March 2023

Raise awareness about #EQUALPAYDAY

The #WageGap contributes to the long-term economic insecurity of women & families. By earning only 84 cents for every $1 a man makes, full time, year-round working women lose up to $400k over the course of their careers. This gap is unacceptable. We need #EqualPay now!  Tell Congress to support the #PaycheckFairnessAct and #EqualPay for equal work. 

February 2023

CA State Budget Update & Members Meeting

Last month Governor Newson released the 2023-24 Budget Proposal, kicking off the process of negotiations that will end in June with the approval of the budget final version and projecting a $22.5 billion shortfall. This year’s budget delays a planned $550 million investment in preschool, TK and full-day kindergarten facilities from 2023-24 to 2024-25.

January 2023

Staffing Updates & Grant Opportunity

In January, the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) accepted applications for the Infrastructure Grant Program: New Construction and Major Renovation Grant (CDSS IGP-NCMR). It was open to center-based and home-based child care.

December 2022

Apply today for the New Construction and Major Renovation Grant

The year is coming to a close and at Build Up California we will be taking time to rest, reflect and recharge for our work ahead. We wish you all a very warm holiday season and look forward to another year together!

November 2022

Available Funding Opportunity: New Construction and Major Renovation Grant

In closing Native American Heritage Month, we uplift the Tribal Child Care Council of California (TCCAC) that builds trust and partnerships to expand the access and quality of early learning and care for native children.

October 2022

Understanding how ECE Facilities, Climate Risk, and Housing are Related

Last month, the Department of Education announced major changes to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program for a limited time due to the COVID-19 national emergency. Head Start, preschool and child care programs may now be eligible for the PSLF program through October 31, 202.

September 2022

Investments in ECE Facilities with Funds from California Department of Forestry

September 08, 2022 marked the wage gap for how far into the year mothers must work to earn what fathers did last year alone.  American mothers bring in 40 percent or more of their families’ income. This means that the wage gap impacts their entire households which rely heavily on their wages to make ends meet and build economic stability.

July 2022

California State Budget 2022-23′ Historic Investments in Early Learning


The month of July celebrates Disability Pride and Awareness. The Center for American Progress (CAP) reports the child care crisis disproportionately affects children with disabilities. Click here to learn more and find solutions in this month’s Local Update.

June 2022

Child Care is NOT included in the Federal Reconciliation Package

As we close Pride Month, we hope we can all create child care and early learning environments in which all children and families can thrive all year long by showing appreciation and enthusiasm for supporting LGBTQ+ families and early childhood professionals and their needs! 

May 2022

A Day Without Child Care: National Day of Action

We join in solidarity with thousands of child care providers, parents, and families across the country in a National Day of Action: A Day Without Child Care to take action for:
1) Living wages for child care providers
2) An equitable child care system built on racial justice
3) Affordable child care for all families

April 2022

The Need for Investments in Early Care and Education Facilities Infrastructure

Celebrating Earth Day, we need to reduce the amount of pollution produced and tackle climate change in innovative ways! In April, we are mid-way through the budget season and as a reminder, the Governor’s proposed 2022-23 State Budget does not include funding for Early Care and Education Education (ECE) facilities’ infrastructure. 

March 2022

Best Practices for Repairs & Renovations of Center-Based & Home-Based ECE Facilities

Women’s History Month is celebrated every year during March to recognize the contributions and achievements women have made over the course of history. Invite your youngest learners to engage in the celebrations this month with 11 Kid-Friendly Activities and 8 Ways to Celebrate that teach and empower!

February 2022

Funding Opportunity for Licensed
Child Care Facilities!

Center-based and home-based child care providers in California now have the opportunity to apply for grants to cover the costs of minor renovations and repairs of their facilities!  

Upcoming Events

Best Practices Spotlight Webinars:
Repairs & Renovations of Child Care Facilities

By increasing the quality of our child care facilities, we provide optimal environments for children, staff, and families — ones that foster relationships, nurture development, promote health and wellness, and facilitate learning.

December 2021

Our 2021 in Review

As 2021 draws to a close, we at Build Up California would like to wish our growing community a safe and happy holiday season! This year has been full of challenges but also hope and opportunity. 

November 2021

Build Back Better Update

The $1.75 trillion social spending package containing much of the Biden Administration’s economic agenda, also known as the Build Back Better (BBB) Act (H.R. 5376), could be voted on in the House of Representatives this week (November 15-19).

October 2021

Build Back Better: Invest in Child Care Facilities

Democrats are slashing the reconciliation bill from $3.5 trillion to up to $2 trillion to reach an agreement. We are very concerned about the fate of the requested $450 Billion investment in child care, including the proposed childcare facilities investments.

September 2021

Roundtable Series on Early Care
and Education Facilities

As we get ready to commemorate Labor Day, we will launch tomorrow a series of weekly roundtables to discuss a critical element of our child care system that supports early childhood educators: quality facilities.


August 2021

Leadership Drives $250MM
in Child Care Facilities

Last month, California Governor Gavin Newson signed the 2021-22 state budget deal, including $250 million for the Child Care and Development Infrastructure Grant Program! A big thank you to our organizational partners who participated in the  #BuildChildCare4CA campaign, especially the providers who spoke about the need for quality child care facilities at every opportunity.