March 14, 2013: Early learning in child care advocates met yesterday in Sacramento with representatives of the office of state Senator Carol Liu (D-La Canada) and Erin Gabel, director of legislative affairs for the state Dept. of Education, office of State Superintendent Tom Torkalson, to discuss details and language in Liu's bill, SB 192, introduced on February 7, 2013, currently called the Child Care and Development Services Act, and would serve as an amendment to Section 8202 of the state Education Code.
The act "provides that child care resource and referral services shall be provided to all persons requesting services and to all types of child care providers, regardless of income level or other eligibility criteria."
Liu, pictured at left at a "save child care" rally last year, has long been an advocate for early education in child care; the bill specifically calls for R&R services to "give priority to providing information about safe, caring, and age-appropriate early learning and school support environments for children" in addition to merely giving information on providers that can accommmodate a parent's work schedule.
As it is now written, SB 192 would also "required the [Dept. of Education] to develop and certify a list of high-quality early learning and school support resources and to post the list on its ... website."