Based on estimates from the Federal Funds Information for States, an additional $236.7 million will come to California, said Jonathan Kaplan, a senior policy analyst at the California Budget & Policy Center. “This is a very large increase, and puts funding (for the program) at its highest level ever,” Kaplan said. He said this particular funding stream had been “frozen for many years, and this is a dramatic increase.” At the same time, he emphasized that even with the additional funding, the majority of children who are eligible under the program guidelines would still not be served.
This Data Hit shows that children of color in California are more likely to live in poverty and highlights the discriminatory policies have contributed to opportunity gaps.
For the California Department of Social Services’ Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Task Force meeting, Senior Policy Analyst Kristin Schumacher presented on early learning for children aged 0-5 from a family access perspective.
For the fourth hearing of the California Assembly Blue Ribbon Commission on Early Childhood Education, Senior Policy Analyst Kristin Schumacher discussed the Governor’s 2018-19 budget proposal for the state’s subsidized child care and development system.
For the California Child Development Administrators Association’s Early Learning Advocacy Day, Senior Policy Analyst Kristin Schumacher presented on the Governor’s 2018-19 budget proposal for the child care and development system while also providing some context regarding economic trends in California as well as federal policy actions.