Thurmond’s Bill Connecting Families to Child Care Passes Senate Human Services
SACRAMENTO - AB 2960, authored by Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond), creates a website that will make it easier for families to access child care services. The bill passed out of the Senate Human Services Committee with unanimous bipartisan support.
“In California child care services are difficult to access,” Thurmond said. “This bill creates a website that will become a one-stop-shop resource for our families seeking to make use of existing child care. The website will allow families to find and enroll in child care and early learning programs.”
The state has over a dozen publicly funded early childhood education (ECE) programs for children under 5, each with their own eligibility requirements and enrollment process, as well as several programs that provide expanded learning opportunities for school-age children. Each county in the state currently operates its own resource and referral agency that helps connect families to care and offers support to providers.
Existing systems do not share information with one another, which means that parents and providers often face burdensome administrative processes that make it difficult to connect families with subsidized care. This results in confusion for parents and caregivers, duplication of efforts, systemic inefficiencies, and providers closing due to an inability to connect with eligible families.
AB 2960 will make it easier for families to be connected to child care and early childhood education programs in their communities.
The bill is sponsored by the California Resource and Referral Network and supported by Children Now and First 5 California.
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Assemblymember Tony Thurmond represents the 15th Assembly District, comprised of the cities of Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Emeryville, Hercules, Kensington, Piedmont, Pinole, Richmond, San Pablo, Tara Hills, and a portion of Oakland.