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2019 Early Learning Policy Priorities for Shared Prosperity

AB- 197 (Weber): Full Day Kindergarten ​-Passed but Vetoed by Governor

SB 265 (Hertzberg): Child Hunger Prevention ​-Passed & Signed by GovernorAB 842 (Limon & Eggman): Child Nutrition for public Pre-K ​-Passed but Vetoed by Governor

AB-125 (McCarty): Early Childhood Education​ - Failed in Committee

AB – 167 (Rubio): Childcare-Early Head Start Partnership​ -Failed in Committee

AB – 24 (Burke): Targeted Child Tax Credit - Failed in Committee

Active Ballot Initiatives in the Bay Area: 

Rise Together Early Childhood Education Policy Priorities for 2018

While there are many important bills introduced this year to impact Early Childhood Education, the following represent Rise Together's priority bills to increase access to quality affordable Early Childhood Education, as set forth by our Power of 9 Committee.


AB 2023 (Caballero) Child and Dependent Care Expenses Credit -  would provide low- and moderate-income working families with a small but critical tax refund to help with the rising cost of child care.

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Rise Together Support Letter

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AB 2292 (Aguiar-Curry) Improving Infant and Toddler Care -  will strategically invest in California's child care system by increasing state rates for infant and toddler care, creating a grant program to fund implementation and start-up costs of new child care facilities, and establishing a fund to recruit a new generation of family child care providers. 

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Presenter Materials from Opportunity Summit 2018

Check out presenter materials from the Opportunity Summit A Strong Start for Every Child Breakout Session!

First 5 California Presentation:  The Case for Early Childhood Systems - Building Public Will

Choose Children Campaign

Kids First Initiative to fund youth programs in Richmond

Children and youth advocates and proponents of Measure E in the City of Richmond are seeking to revise the Richmond City Charter and require the city to set aside 3%, or $900,000, of the city’s general funds over the next three fiscal years to fund programs for children and youth (from ages 0 to 18). Additionally, a vote for Measure E will create a department of children and youth with an oversight body that will oversee the allocation of the funds.

A vote for Measure K is a revision of Measure E, requiring the city to start its funding obligation beginning July 1, 2018. Additionally, Measure K would eliminate 20% limit on how much the city can fund public agencies.

Childcare advocates push for Measure A on the Alameda County June ballot

Measure A will appear on the county’s June ballot in 2018. If passed, Measure A will enact a half-percent sales tax, which will generate approximately $140 million annually. The county will use the money to extend more childcare resources to low and middle-income families who cannot afford them currently. 

San Francisco Prop C: Commercial Rent Tax for Childcare and Early Education

A surtax on commercial rent receipts (1% for warehouses and 3.5% for other commercial uses) in San Francisco to support quality early care and education

Measures to fund child care reach the ballot in two California counties

Voters in Alameda and San Francisco counties will have a chance on June 5 to approve tax measures funding ambitious childcare programs that organizers say would provide enough subsidies for all low- and middle-income families who need them.

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