BILL ANALYSIS                                                                                                                                                                                                    



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          Date of Hearing:   May 20, 2009

                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
                                Kevin De Leon, Chair

                     AB 495 (Davis) - As Amended:  May 13, 2009 

          Policy Committee:                              EducationVote:9-1

          Urgency:     No                   State Mandated Local Program:  
          No     Reimbursable:              No

           SUMMARY  

          This bill requires the State Department of Education (SDE), by  
          July 1, 2011, to post, at a minimum, statewide and county-level  
          data on the availability and need of child care and child  
          development programs for infants, toddlers, and preschool-aged  
          children on its Internet website, as specified.  Specifically,  
          this bill: 

          Requires the SDE to update the data no less than every two years  
          and requires the data to be included in any future SDE data  
          system, as specified.  

           FISCAL EFFECT  

          Annual on-going GF administrative costs to, likely between  
          $350,000 and $450,000, to the SDE to coordinate, collect,  
          maintain, and verify (including posting on its Internet website)  
          statewide and county-level data on the need for child care and  
          child development programs, as specified.  

           COMMENTS  

           1)Purpose  .  According to the author, "Currently, the state lacks  
            a definitive source for data on the supply of licensed  
            preschool programs as compared to the number of three- and  
            four-year olds who could utilize those services. This lack of  
            information makes it difficult for interested parties to  
            accurately assess the need for preschool services in their  
            communities and across the state." 

           2)Current state data collection on child care and child  
            development programs  .  Current law establishes the Child Care  








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            Resources and Referral Network Networks (CCRRNs) (one for each  
            county) to provide parents with information about child care  
            options, help improve the quality of child care services, and  
            collect data on parent requests for child care and the supply  
            of licensed care.  Statute further requires the CCRRNs to  
            provide information on the availability of child care services  
            in local communities and to collect statistical data  
            concerning inquiries regarding child care and development  
            services.  The data collected includes the types of services  
            available (i.e., family day care homes, public and private day  
            care programs, full and part-time programs, infant, and  
            preschool programs).  As such, the statewide CCRN produces The  
            California Child Care Portfolio, a biennial series of  
            statewide and county-by-county statistical reports about child  
            care costs, supply, and demand. Each county's data is  
            supplemented with data from a variety of other sources (i.e.  
            U.S. Census, California Department of Industrial Relations,  
            Department of Housing and Urban Development, and SDE).  

            SB 68 (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review), Chapter 78,  
            Statutes of 2005, established the County Centralized  
            Eligibility Lists (CEL), which requires child care providers  
            per county to establish, consolidate, and waiting lists.   
            Chapter 78 further required require all state-subsidized child  
            care providers/contractors to participate and use the  
            centralized eligibility lists.

            Likewise, the State Department of Social Services (DSS)  
            produces a child care quarterly update, which provides the  
            total number of licensed child care facilities (including  
            those that provide preschool services) and their total  
            capacity.  



           Analysis Prepared by  :    Kimberly Rodriguez / APPR. / (916)  
          319-2081