CHSA Policy Positions

California Head Start Association is dedicated to providing more children aged 0-5 and their families access to Head Start and Early Head Start’s high-quality school readiness and comprehensive services and to improving the early childhood education and care system for the most vulnerable children in California.

Policy Principles
FundingMore children, quality programs, stronger profession
CHSA supports federal and state funding that will allow Head Start to serve more children and families, recruit and retain qualified staff, and invest in data-driven program improvement. CHSA supports:
  • prioritizing and increasing funding for pregnant mothers and children zero to five years of age.
  • sustaining federal funding for local programming
  • aligning state funding to layer with federal funding
  • increasing funding so more children in poverty have access to Head Start’s comprehensive services and school readiness program.

Alignment - Balance eligibility, compensation and reimbursement
CHSA supports policy changes that strengthen and align poverty eligibility guidelines, staffing requirements and wages, and reimbursement rates that will attract qualified staff to the field and allow families in or near poverty to qualify for services.

Simplicity - Less is more
CHSA supports policy changes that reduce and simplify regulations that remove unnecessary administrative burdens and free agencies to focus on serving children.

Flexibility - Encourage adaptability and innovation
CHSA supports policy changes that give service providers the flexibility to adapt services and leverage funding to fit local need, and to innovate in designing new services.

Federal Priorities
State Priorities

1. Urge congress to raise the debt ceiling before March 1, 2019 to avoid sequestration and cuts in any discretionary program.

2. Petition congress to provide Head Start with:

    a. funding for the implementation of the revised Head Start Performance Standards.
    b. COLA increases to pay staff fair and competitive wages.
    c. funding that earmark


1. Engage Head Start as an active partner in the State’s approach to expanding care for pre-school aged children.

2. Broaden and encourage the use of Early Head Start home visiting as model and collaborator as opportunities arise

3. Support regulatory changes to support a 0-5 licensing structure


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Increases the reimbursement rate adjustment factor for infants and toddlers in subsidized child care centers and for family child care homes. 
Provides funding and a process for start-up grants for contracted child care centers to start-up and expand services .Will be amended.


Family child care recruitment money



Amended to require CDSS to develop a single integrated
license option for birth – entering first grade.


2-year bill

Senate Human


Allocates funding (effective Oct. 1, 2019) to counties to
implement or contract out a voluntary Home Visiting
program and requires parent notification of the programs

Anticipate this will be amended to provide for a straight allocation from CDSS to counties through the budget process.

Senate Human Services







Amended to further increase the reimbursement rate adjustment factor for infants and toddlers in subsidized child care centers and for family child care homes. Provides funding and a process for start-up grants for LEA and Non-LEA programs to start-up and expand services and increase access to inclusive services.





Universal Preschool - “Pre-K for All Act of 2018” would require the state to provide all (eligible) 4-year-old children with access to early care and education programs. Minor amendment - from “children from working families ” to simply “ children”


Friedman is a lead author

Suspense File


Transitional Kindergarten: Gradual expanded enrollment
of younger 4 year old children. Bill would require progressively younger 4-year-old children to be admitted to Transitional Kindergarten programs until the 2022-23 school year, when all 4-year-olds will be eligible for
admission to TK programs.



Suspense File

Mission Statement

The California Head Start Association is the unified voice providing leadership and advocacy for the Head Start community.

Vision Statement

The California Head Start Association will be an important strategic partner representing Head Start interests in California and the nation.