Our allies in California have been champions for early care and education in the state — an effort that has played a huge role in funding increases.

State Allies:

Advancement Project California • Los Angeles & San Francisco, CA
Children Now • Oakland, CA
Top Priorities for 2020

Support and address the needs of the whole child.

Advance policy and practice for Dual Language Learners.

Create a state ECE Master Plan.

Promote a three-pronged workforce development strategy: increasing professional standards for the workforce; ensuring coordinated, effective support to reach higher standards; and achieving competitive wages through rate reform.

Promote the development of a horizontally integrated early learning data system, ultimately with linkages to K-12 and health and human services.

Develop a multi-year plan and leadership commitment to expanding access to early learning spaces, including universal access for 3-and 4-year-olds and all eligible 0-2-year-olds.

In 2019, our allies in California helped secure funding for an additional 10,000 preschool spaces and 30,000 child care spaces for low-income families. And that’s just the beginning.

  • Added an unprecedented investment of over $113 million in the state budget for voluntary, evidence-based home visiting.
  • Changed eligibility for full-day state preschool in communities with higher needs, so families in those communities no longer have to meet income eligibility thresholds.
  • $10 million to provide immediate access to child care for children moving into foster care.
  • $245 million for child care facilities, including $18 million to improve existing child care facilities.
  • $195 million to expand training and support activities for the early childhood workforce. Ensures that stipends and professional development align with the Quality Counts California professional development system.
  • $93.3 million in alternate payment vouchers to assist low-income families with the cost of child care services, including $80.5 million ongoing in Proposition 64 (marijuana tax) funds and $12.8 million in federal funds for vouchers (serving about 9,500 children) and $50 million in one-time funding for general child care (serving about 3,100 children).
  • $20 million for early care and learning data – $10 million each to the Department of Social Services and California Department of Education.

The Alliance for Early Success is achieving large-scale, long-lasting change for the state’s young children by providing our allies with powerful advantages that help them shape California early childhood state policy.

  • Strategic, Outcomes-Focused Investments
  • Consulting and Strategy
  • Direct Access to National Expertise
  • Rapid Response Support
  • Connections/Access to Allies in Similar States
  • Roles in National Communities of Practice

News from California


Hard Work in California Wins Continuing Expansions of Evidence-Based Home Visiting

Alliance for Early Success’ California ally, Children Now, continues to push for expansion of voluntary evidence-based home visiting in California. Read about the state’s significant progress that is projected to double evidence-based home visiting, and about the critical work still ahead that will reduce complexity across funding streams and set the foundation for further expansion over the long term.

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