Child care and preschool are essential in helping parents find and retain employment as well as in preparing children for success in school. Such programs are especially important now, particularly for lower-income parents, as California’s families face the toughest job market in decades. A new CBP report, Playing With Our Future: Key Facts About California’s Child Care and Development Programs in the Aftermath of the Great Recession, takes an in-depth look at the economic and policy context of the Governor’s proposed cuts to state spending on child care and preschool. The report shows that:
- Nearly one out of four California children lives in poverty, and many families – including single mothers and their children – continue to face economic uncertainty in the aftermath of the Great Recession.
- The Governor’s Proposed 2012-13 Budget would cut funding for both child care and preschool by more than 20 percent, after adjusting for inflation, causing more than 60,000 children to lose access to these programs in the coming fiscal year.
- Child care and development spending would drop to 1.2 percent of total state spending in 2012-13 under the Governor’s proposal, down from 2.0 percent in 2007-08.
- State funding for afterschool programs has not been cut in recent years – and would not be reduced under the Governor’s proposal – because it is protected by Proposition 49 of 2002, which prohibits the state from reducing afterschool funding without voter approval.
Read Playing With Our Future here.
– Steven Bliss