March 7, 2013: Most accessible resource, smart, frequently updated -- the Legislative Grid (can be downloaded from this link) developed by the California Child Development Administrators Ass'n (CCDAA). Summaries of the proposed new laws are clear, concise; sponsors are listed; contact numbers are given. Considering that 25 new bills (including budget trailers) have been introduced in the Legislature since the beginning of the year...keeping track of it all is yeoman's work. Also included are the acronyms for most social service and child welfare agencies... good for passing time in an office version of Trivial Pursuit.
Key legislation for early ed professionals to follow:
AB 273 (Anthony Rendon [D-South Gate/Lakewood]), sponsored by Preschool California, CCDAA, and Zero to Three: ... would redesign general child care and development programs for infants and toddlers to allow for the combination of child care and development services with home visitation services and would rename these programs the California Early Head Start Program.
AB 274 (Susan Bonilla [D-Concord]): ...would simplify documentation that child care providers are required to submit to Alternative Payment (AP) programs, authorize AP programs to use technology to maximize service to clients and increase efficiency, and request controller to pay child care contractors via direct deposit with electronic funds transfer.
AB 290 (Luis Alejo [D-Salinas]), sponsored by California Food Policy Advocates: Would [require] director or teacher of child care program – center or family childcare home – to receive at least one hour of childhood nutrition training as part of the preventive health practices course(s). Content to include age-appropriate meal patterns based on the most current Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Training also to include information about eligibility,enrollment, and reimbursement for participating in the [USDA's] Child and Adult Care Food Program. Would become effective for licenses issued on or after 1/1/2015.
SB 192 (Carol Liu [D-La Canada]), sponsored by the California Dept. of Education: [Declares]...all children have access to high quality early learning and education support programs. Would require child care resource and referral (R&Rs) agencies to inform [eligible] parents ...receiving services through the AP Program and CalWORKs Stages 2 and 3 Child Care about the available types of care...Would require the CDE to develop and certify a list of high quality early learning and school support resources [for] provide parents... to be posted and maintained on their website; R&Rs may refer to postings on the website as resource for informing parents of their choices.
SB 464 (Hannah-Beth Jackson [D-Santa Barbara]), sponsored by the YMCA: Would enact the Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Act and add it to the Child Care and Development Services Act. Would establish nutrition and physical activity standards for early childhood education, infant, and after school programs. Would... encourage all child care providers to implement educational programs that provide parents with physical activity and nutritional information relevant to the health of their children.