Our Campaigns

Recent Legislative Advocacy

Parent Voices has worked to build relationships with local, state and federal elected officials over the years, co-sponsoring multiple pieces of legislation helping to move our mission forward. View some of our recent co-sponsored legislation below.

2021

AB 92: California can fund our child care system, but instead relies on child care fees paid by families of color (mostly mothers) who utilize subsidized child care, are low-paid, and who can least afford it. AB 92 heals the harm of an unjust child care family fees system that creates racist outcomes by temporarily waiving family fees through October 2022, followed by an equitable sliding scale.

Learn more about AB 92 here.

2020

SB 1383 (Jackson)Ensuring Job Protection for Paid Family Leave Act extends job protection to 6 million more workers when they take time to bond with a new child, care for a seriously ill family member, or heal from their own serious health condition. The bill was signed into law by Governor Newsom.

2019

AB 194: (Gomez-Reyes) Building Equitable Futures For All Act. Sponsored by Parent Voices, Child Care Law Center, CA Child Care Resource & Referral Network, Child Care Resource Center, CAPPA. ECE Coalition Priority Bill

SB 321: A Strong Start for CalWORKs Families Act Sponsored by Parent Voices, Child Care Law Center, SEIU/UDW
Read the SB 321 Coalition budget letter SB321 budget letter final
Read the Legislative Women’s Caucus budget letter LTR – Budget Subcommittee

2018

AB 60 Child Care Protections for Working Families Sponsored by Parent Voices and Child Care Law Center. Passed both houses with unanimous bipartisan support 80–0; Vetoed by the Governor for cost pressures.

2017

AB 273: (Aguiar-Curry)Unlocking Opportunities for Families Sponsored by Parent Voices, Women’s Foundation of CA-Women’s Policy Institute-Signed by the Governor in Oct 2017!

AB 60: (Santiago and Gonzalez) Child Care Protections for Working Families
Sponsored by Parent Voices, Child Care Law Center, and First 5 CA-Passed the Assembly by unanimous bipartisan support 80–0; It was held in Committee because the provisions of AB 60 were implemented through the State Budget.

2016

AB 2150 (Santiago, Weber, and Gonzalez) Child Care Protections for Working Families Sponsored by Parent Voices and Child Care Law Center-Passed the Assembly by unanimous bipartisan support 80–0; Passed Senate Education Committee 9–0; Held in Senate Appropriations due to cost.

Recent State Budget Victories

Click on a year below to view final budget outcomes for that time period.

2020–2021 Final Outcomes

The final budget utilizes CARES Act funds to:

  • Provide $73 million for essential worker child care vouchers
  • Provide $62.5 million for child care one-time provider stipends for AP and CalWORKS providers
  • Provide $62.5 million to pay providers for all children enrolled regardless of attendance (hold harmless)
  • Extend the $50 million for Emergency Vouchers through September 30, 2021
  • Provide $8 million to extend family fee waivers through June 30, 2020
  • Restored the 60-month TANF eligibility clock
  • Majority of ECE programs move to the Department of Social Services (Part day and full day preschool remain at the Department of Education)

Due to COVID’s devastating impact on child care, we joined ECE advocates to win an additional $110 million to freeze family fees and support child care providers

2019–2020 Final Outcomes

  • $143.3 million additional funds to provide 12,545 new affordable child care spaces
  • $50 million in one-time GF for 3,086 spaces in child care centers.
  • $159 million additional funds for all three stages of CalWORKs child care
  • $56.4 million Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) and GF in 2019–20 and $70.5 million ongoing to give an additional 3,724 children in the CalWORKs program immediate, full-time, and continuous Stage 1 child care.
  • $50 million in GF for rate increases in the After School Education and Safety Program (ACES).
  • $125 million in GF for 10,000 new full-day California State Preschool Program (CSPP)

2018–19 Final Outcome

  • $220.4 million to fund 13,407 new Alternative Payment Program voucher spaces.11,307 CCDBG-funded vouchers start on July 1, 2018, using $204.6 million in CCDBG funds over a two year period. The vouchers will expire July 1, 2020, unless the increased federal funding continues. 2,100 General Fund slots begin September 1, 2018, and are ongoing. ($15.833 million General Fund (non-Proposition 98); $204.6 million CCDBG).
  • $167 million one-time funds for the Inclusive Early Education Expansion Program. This will fund one-time competitive grants for infrastructure to high need school districts to create inclusive ECE classrooms. (Proposition 98).
  • $114 million to fund increased caseload and higher reimbursement rates for all three stages of CalWORKs child care. (General Fund; federal TANF and CCDBG).
  • $54 million to fund a 2.71% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for all nonCalWORKs child care programs and the state preschool program. ($30 million Proposition 98; $24 million General Fund).
  • $48 million to increase the Standard Reimbursement Rate (SRR) by 2.8%. Combined with the COLA above, the SRR increase for this year is 5.6%. ($32 million Proposition 98; $16 million General Fund).
  • $39.7 million to increase the Standard Reimbursement Rate (SRR) adjustment factors for infants, toddlers, children with exceptional needs, and children with severe disabilities. (General Fund).
  • $38 million to annualize the Regional Market Rate (RMR) increase from last year’s adoption of the 2016 RMR Survey, and to make the hold harmless provisions permanent. This includes $24 million to annualize the cost of adopting the 75th percentile of the updated 2016 Regional Market Rate Survey as of January 1, 2018. It also includes $14 million to make the hold harmless provisions permanent. ($33 million General Fund; $5million federal funds).
  • $21 million to annualize the Emergency Child Care Bridge Program cost. This funds short-term child care vouchers in participating counties for children in out-of-home placements, and navigators based in the local resource and referral agencies. ($11 million General Funds; $10 million Title IV-E).
  • $18 million to add 2,959 full-day slots in the state preschool program, and annualize costs of slots added April 1, 2018. These slots were part of the multi-year plan in the 2016–17 budget agreement. (Proposition 98).

2017–18 Final Outcome

  • $25 million to update income guidelines and adopt twelve-month eligibility!!! Read our press release.
  • Funding for 2,959 full day state preschool slots administered by Local Education Agencies. If they don’t spend the money, it can be used by non-LEAs for part-time preschool;
  • Restore the 5% “paused” increase to this year’s Standard Reimbursement Rate paid to contracted child care centers and preschools, and provide an additional 6.16% increase for this year;
  • $42.2 million to increase the Regional Market Rate Reimbursement to child care providers serving low-income families;
  • Annualizes last year’s increase, and updates the rate to the 2016 Regional Market Rate Survey, effective January 1, 2018;
  • $15 million to fund emergency child care for foster children, beginning Jan 1, 2018 and $31 million ongoing to establish a voluntary county program that would provide emergency vouchers and $5 Million to the R&R’s for navigation services for families;
  • Title 22 regulations and staffing ratios still apply to LEA-administered preschools. Establish a stakeholder group, led by the LAO, to examine health and safety regulatory requirements under Title 22, and to report back to the Legislature by March 2018.

2016–17 Final Outcomes

Governor Jerry Brown signed the 2016–2017 budget bill which included a $145 million investment this year, building up to over $500 million over the next 4 years. The 2016–2017 spending plan:

  • Increases Regional Market Rates to the 75th percentile of the 2014 survey as of January 1, 2017.
  • Increases Licensed Exempt Rates from 65 percent to 70 percent of the Family Child Care Home Rate as of January 1, 2017.
  • Increases Standard Reimbursement Rates by 10 percent across-the-board effective January 1, 2017.
  • Provides $100 million in Proposition 98 funding for 8,877 additional full-day State Preschool Slots to be phased in over 4 years. Specifically, $7.8 million in 2016–17, $39.6 million in 2017–2018, $73 million in 2018–19, and $100 million in 2019–20.
  • Repeals the CalWORKS Maximum Family Grant rule, which prohibited a grant increase when a child was born to a parent already receiving CalWORKS.

Coalition Work

We understand that we need partners in the fight to win protections in the state budget as well as on other issues that impact working families. Four major coalitions that we are currently working with are:

California Work and Family Coalition

The California Work and Family Coalition is a diverse coalition of advocates, community groups and labor unions that promotes family friendly workplace policies for California’s working families through policy work and grassroots activism.

Community Change

We are actively engaged in the child care cohort of Community Change which brings racial and economic justice groups together to advance a child care agenda that improves the lives of low-income families and providers of color.

Stronger CA

Stronger CA is a network of organizations fighting for a women’s economic security agenda. We lead the childcare pillar of the agenda. The other pillars are fair pay & worker justice, family friendly workplaces, and economic security. End Child Poverty CA.

This campaign brings together anti-poverty groups across a range of issues to fight for a collective anti poverty agenda.

United Parent Leader Action Network

We are a founding member of UPLAN made up parent leadership initiatives across the country focused on child care, K-12 education, immigration rights, and a strong safety net.