as amended, Bonta.
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The Child Care and Development Services Act has a purpose of providing a comprehensive, coordinated, and cost-effective system of child care and development services for children from infancy to 13 years of age and their parents, including a full range of supervision, health, and support services through full- and part-time programs. Existing law requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to develop standards for the implementation of quality child care programs.
This bill would require the Superintendent, on or before an unspecified date, to establish a statewide centralized eligibility list to consolidate child care waiting lists and a statewide quality rating and improvement system to improve the quality of early learning, as provided.end delete
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
It is the intent of the Legislature to build a stable,
2comprehensive, and adequately funded high-quality early learning
3and educational support system for children from birth to five years
4of age, inclusive, with alignment and integration into the K-12
5education system by strategically using state and federal funds,
6and engaging all early care and education stakeholders, including
7K-12 education stakeholders, in an effort to provide access to
8affordable, high-quality services supported by adequate rates,
9integrated data systems, and a strong infrastructure that supports
10children and the educators that serve them.
Section 8203.2 is added to the Education Code, to
On or before ____, and notwithstanding Section 8227,
14the Superintendent shall establish a statewide centralized eligibility
15list to consolidate child care waiting lists.
Section 8203.25 is added to the Education Code, 17immediately following Section 8203.2, to read:
On or before ____, and notwithstanding Section
198203.1, the Superintendent shall establish a statewide quality rating
20and improvement system to improve the quality of early learning
21and increase the number of low-income children in high-quality
22preschool programs that prepare those children for success in
23school and life.