Last Friday, Assemblywoman Janet Nguyen joined colleagues and Governor Newsom in signing AB 131 to add 120k new childcare slots in April 2022 to support childcare programs and the families in California communities.
AB 131 was the “Early Childhood Development Trailer Bill” for 2021-22. This bill focuses on childcare slots, increasing reimbursement rates, a childcare collective bargaining contract reached between the state and the Child Care Providers United (CCPU), and transferring childcare programs from Department of Education to Department of Social Services.
“The COVID-19 pandemic revealed the large need for childcare as schools were closed down and parents still had to work to put food on the table,” said Assemblymember Janet Nguyen. “As a working mother of two elementary-aged boys, I know it was difficult for my family to navigate distance learning and finding childcare. Expanding and improving the quality of care in our childcare systems is a top priority and I am very happy to be a strong supporter of this bill.”
- Establishes the reimbursement rate for license-exempt childcare providers at 70% of the corresponding RMR, commencing January 1, 2022.
- Indicates a commitment to adding 20K slots in each subsequent year, until a total of 200K slots have been added, dependent upon state revenues.
- Includes “no strike” provisions that prohibit Child Care Providers United (CCPU) and family childcare providers from engaging in a work slowdown, stoppage, strike or any other interference with state-subsidized childcare during the term of the agreement, which is effective through July 1, 2023 per the collective bargaining agreement reached between the state and the CCPU.
- Transfers childcare programs from the California Department of Education to the Department of Social Services to increase quality of care, and support positive learning and developmental outcomes for children informed by evidence-based practices.
The bill has been signed into law by Governor Newsom and the Department of Social Services will now begin work to implement the provisions of the bill. Assemblymember Janet Nguyen’s office will keep the public updated on new information regarding new childcare slots and childcare programs.