INTRODUCTION OF AB-1897:
CHILD CARE FACILITY LICENSE OPTION - BIRTH
THROUGH ENTERING FIRST GRADE
The California Head Start Association is proud to announce the introduction of AB 1897, Child Care Centers: Birth to First Grade Facility License Option which has been introduced and authored by ASM Mullin with coauthors; ASM Chavez and Senator Hertzberg.
AB 1897 would require the California Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing (CDSS-CCL) to, in consultation with community stakeholders, adopt regulations on or before January 1, 2018, to develop and implement a birth to entering first grade license option for child care centers. The bill would require the regulations to include age-appropriate transition times, as specified, a requirement that a single integrated license option list the age groups of children being served at the child care center, and a requirement that all other licensing regulations that apply to a child care center shall also apply to a birth to entering first grade facility license option.
AB 1897 will allow CDSS-CCL to create an Integrated Childcare Facility License that will be an additional option that providers can choose when applying for or renewing their facility license. A single license option will reduce the administrative burden on severely underfunded childcare centers and CDSS-CCL so that they both can focus on providing a safe environment for California's children.
Legislative Victory for Toddler Programs
Governor Jerry Brown has signed AB 762 (Mullin) into law. This new statute will extend the age of the toddler program option to 36 months effective January 1, 2016. The age range for the optional toddler program component will be 18 to 36 months. While the extension of toddler option only represents part of our legislation as originally introduced, it will serve to bridge the gap in care for centers serving toddlers, providing much needed flexibility and supporting continuity of care for our children. We are delighted with this new law, even as we continue to work on our longer term vision of an integrated, birth to age five license. CHSA thanks the many early childhood professionals, organizations and advocates who helped make this happen.
CHSA thanks the many early childhood professionals, organizations and advocates who helped make this happen.
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