2024 Legislation to Watch


Child Care:

  • AB 1808 (Nguyen and Davies) - Creating Consistency in Eligibility Periods Across Child Care Programs
    • Would establish a consistent 12 month eligibility period for all income-eligible families within CalWORKs.
    • View Fact Sheet
    • Status: Passed in first chamber. Re-referred to Senate Committee on Human Services. Set for hearing on June 17 @ 3pm or upon adjournment of Session.
  • SB 1112 (Menjivar) - Creating a Cross-Enrollment System
    • Would require coordination and collaboration between Medi-Cal and Alternative Payment Agencies to assist families with Medi-Cal enrollment of an eligible child and to refer Medi-Cal recipients to additional developmental screenings and interventions.
    • View Fact Sheet
    • Status: Passed in first chamber. Re-referred to Assembly Committee on Human Services. Set for hearing June 25 @ 1:30pm.
  • AB 1907 (Pellerin) - Integrating CANS into the California Child and Family Review System
    • Would require outcome indicators used by the California Health and Human Services Agency workgroup (used to review all county child welfare systems) to include data from the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) assessment tool.
    • View Fact Sheet
    • Status: Passed in first chamber. Referred to Senate Committee on Human Services.
  • AB 1925 (Rendon) - Extending Child Care and Development Program Eligibility
    • Would add children who are eligible under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) to the eligibility criterion for General Child Care and Development programs.
    • View Fact Sheet
    • Status: Held in first chamber.
  • AB 2476 (Bonta) - Establishing Up-Front Child Care Payments

Other:

  • AB 2123 (Papan) - Increasing Access to Paid Family Leave
    • Allows California employees to access Paid Family Leave benefits without first using up their two weeks of accrued vacation.
    • View Fact Sheet
    • Status: Passed in first chamber. Placed on Consent Calendar and Re-referred to Senate Committee on Appropriations. Set for hearing on June 17 @ 10:00am.
  • SB 1090 (Durazo) - Allowing Early Application for Paid Family Leave and State Disability Insurance Benefits
    • Would allow California Workers to apply for Paid Family Leave and State Disability Insurance benefits up to 30 days before they go on leave.
    • View Fact Sheet
    • Status: Passed in first chamber. Referred to Assembly Committee on Insurance.
2-Year Bills Still in Play (2023-2024 Session)
  • AB 596 (Reyes) & SB 380 (Limón) - (Formerly Early Learning and Care: Rate Reform) Amended to California State Preschool Programs: Age of Eligibility
  • Would allow California preschool contractors to enroll eligible 2-year-old children until July 1, 2027. After which, contrators may only continue serving 2-year-olds enrolled before July 1, 2027.
  • Status: Passed in first chamber with amendments. Referred to Assembly Committee on Education. Set for hearing on June 26 @ 1:30pm.
What’s a 2 year bill?
  • The California Legislature convenes in biennial sessions (2 years long).
  • Bills may be introduced in either year. (odd # year - even # year; the current session is 2023-2024)
  • A bill introduced in the first year can be carried over to the second year.
  • It must pass in the house of origin by 1/31 of the second year.

Upcoming Hearings:

2023 Legislative Highlights

Successful Legislation

  • AB 110 - Early childcare and education.
    • Authorizes temporary rate increases for childcare providers and contractors.
    • Extends the prohibition on collecting family fees through September 30, 2023, and allocates previously appropriated federal funds for childcare access expansion and family fee waivers in the 2023–24 fiscal year.
    • Signed by Governor on 5/15/2023.
  • AB 590 (Hart) - Advance Payments for State Grants & Nonprofits
    • Authorizes nonprofits to get upfront funds, removing the burden of covering significant expenses until reimbursed or having to take out high interest loans to get new programs going.

Stalled Legislation

  • AB 51 (Bonta) - Early childcare and education.
    • Would expand R&R services to include navigation and referral services for preschool and TK programs.
    • 9/13/23: Ordered to inactive file at the request of Senator Ashby.
    • For most recent status and language, click here.
  • AB 1038 (Rendon) - Family childcare home education networks.
    • Would codify standards and best practices for FCCHEN contractors and providers.
    • 9/12/23: Ordered to inactive file at the request of Senator Dahle.
    • For most recent status and language, click here.
  • SB 533 (Limón) - Income taxes: credit: childcare.
    • Would create a tax credit of as much as $30,000 for the start-up costs of childcare programs or centers primarily for the taxpayer's employees.
    • 1/18/24: Did not clear suspense file.
  • SB 767 (Rubio) Elementary education: kindergarten.
    • Would require public school students to finish one year of kindergarten before entering first grade.
    • 1/18/24: Did not clear suspense file.

(last updated 1/25/2024)