Policy Pick: New Legislation Reduces Disruptions to Child Care for Kids

May 14, 2012

Working families that rely on CalWORKs and other state programs for child care must deal with a reporting process that is often complex and burdensome, such that even a minor change in income status must be reported immediately. But a new bill from Assemblymember Holly Mitchell (D-Culver City) could alleviate some of the bureaucracy and prevent disruptions in care for young kids.

AB 1673 would streamline eligibility requirements for child care offered by CalWORKs (except Stage 1), the migrant day care program, the state preschool program and any child care program established at a higher education institution. Children enrolled in these programs would be eligible for a full 12 months. The bill would also impose limited interim reporting requirements for families enrolled in the programs.