Affordable Child Care Family Fees Act (Gómez Reyes)

AB 92 (Gómez Reyes), the family fee pandemic relief bill, would temporarily waive family fees for all families in publicly-funded child care. AB 92 is co-sponsored by Child Care Law Center, Parent Voices, Child Care Resource Center, American Association of University Women, and the Network.

What does AB 92 do?

California can fund our child care system, but instead relies on child care fees paid by families of color (mostly mothers) who utilize subsidized child care, are low-paid, and who can least afford it. The child care family fee system creates racist outcomes by funding subsidized child care from families with low incomes. AB 92 heals this harm by temporarily waiving family fees through October 2023, followed by an equitable sliding fee scale after October 2023.

Why do California families need AB 92?

Parents should not have to face impossible choices each month about whether to pay for food, rent, or their child care family fee. Currently, California collects $66-100M in child care family fees from families with low incomes to subsidize child care for other families like them. Child care providers often take the hit financially when families cannot pay. In addition, families at or near poverty, women, and Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian and other people of color have been hardest hit by COVID-19 and are also most impacted by the current family fees system.

How does AB 92 work?

  • Temporarily waives family fees for all families until October 31, 2023 to reduce the hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Convenes a workgroup of parents, child care providers, state agency staff and other stakeholders to create an equitable sliding scale for family fees

  • Ensures that revised family fees shall not exceed 1% of a family’s monthly income, and that no family earning below 75% of the state median income (SMI) pays family fees

  • Protects child care providers by ensuring they do not absorb the reduction in family fees, and that the number of child care spaces is not reduced

Why must we pass AB 92?

This is a pandemic relief bill that gives immediate relief and long-term solutions to families and child care providers. AB 92 immediately puts money back into the pockets of families and child care providers, especially from communities of color, hit hardest by the pandemic.

This policy helps dismantle legacy stereotypes about women of color that have caused harm and created systems that punish families for building wealth.

The federal government is allowing states to take action now and this window will close.

AB 92 passed out of the Senate Committee on Human Services on July 6th with a 4-1 vote and has been referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee. This bill is sponsored by the Child Care Law Center, Parent Voices, Child Care Resource Center, California Child Care Resource & Referral Network, and the American Association of University Women.

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