Bill Connecting Families to Child Care Services Signed by Governor
SACRAMENTO – AB 2960, authored by Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond), creates a website that will allow families to easily connect with existing child care services and early childhood education (ECE) programs in their community. The bill passed the Legislature with unanimous bipartisan support and was signed by the Governor today.
“This bill makes it easier for Californians to access child care and early childhood education information,” Thurmond said. “Child care services are difficult to find. This new website will consolidate resources to ensure that families are informed about existing local services, providers are connected to the communities they serve, and children start school ready to learn.”
Increasing the awareness about locally available child care and ECE programs not only maximizes existing resources to help provide child care to those in need, but also promotes job creation in communities throughout the state. Child care services are often small businesses that are frequently women and minority-owned. This bill allows for these businesses to connect to families that are in need of child care assistance.
In addition, this website will help further demonstrate the lifelong benefits that ECE programs provide young children. The site builds on the work that the state, counties, and local districts are already doing and integrate existing information.
“The time has come to stop arguing that the child care system is broken, and to work proactively to create a connected, comprehensive system across child development programs that better supports the providers, families, and children of California,” said Camille Maben, Executive Director of First 5 California. “With his signature of AB 2960 (Thurmond), Governor Brown has taken an important step in ensuring California’s parents have access to information about the high-quality early childhood programs available to them and can connect to providers in their community.”
“We are very excited for the opportunity to work together to connect our current system,” said Linda Asato, Executive Director of the Child Care Resource & Referral Network. “By maximizing technology, families will have more ways to access quality child care that fits their needs.”
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.
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