Dear Supports of Early Childhood Education,
The Governor's May Revise budget proposal for FY 2017-18 restores the multi-year child care deal from the Budget Act of 2016. We applaud the Governor for his actions to increase rates and spaces in the early care and education system.
However, the May Revision does not acknowledge the incredible impacts that the minimum wage increase will have on families trying to qualify for subsidy, and for the agencies that run these important programs.
For the past ten years, income eligibility guidelines for families have been "frozen." Currently, a family of three where both parents earn the new state minimum wage of $10.50/hour - $3,640 monthly pre-tax income - no longer qualify for subsidized child care. We need the income eligibility guidelines to be aligned with the increased minimum wage.
ACT TODAY! Send an email to the budget committees.
Who to email:
Senator Anthony Portantino, Chair
Budget & Fiscal Review Sub. 1 on Education
Assemblymember Philip Ting, Chair
Assembly Budget Committee
Sample email text:
We applaud the Governor's reinstatement of the promised multi-year child care deal from the Budget Act of 2016 to increase rates and spaces in early education programs. However, we are concerned that the May Revise is silent on adjusting the income eligibility guidelines for families accessing child care subsidies, to align with the recent minimum wage increase.
Please support updating the State Median Income (SMI) threshold for families entering the subsidized child care system to 70% of the current SMI. For the past ten years, the maximum income level for families receiving subsidized care has remained "frozen" at 70% of the 2007 SMI.
Without this change, we will have no two-parent families that are eligible for quality early education, which is needed to build the foundation for success in their future and the future of California.
(your name and the city or county where you live)
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