Child Care and Preschool in the Governor’s Proposed 2014-15 Budget: Deep Cuts From Prior Years Remain in Place

Access to high-quality, affordable child care and preschool is extremely important for families across California. Child care and preschool help children learn and explore, while allowing parents to find and keep jobs knowing their children are in good hands.

A new CBP analysis — the first in a series of briefs on Governor Brown’s 2014-15 proposed budget — takes a look at child care and preschool funding, and shows that the Governor’s proposal would leave in place current, diminished levels of support. Despite increased state revenues, the Governor’s budget proposal includes no major reinvestment in child care and preschool funding, which state policymakers have cut by nearly 40 percent in recent years.

This CBP brief looks at several key benefits of subsidized child care and preschool and identifies policy options for boosting support for these programs.

— Steven Bliss