Prioritize Increasing Family Income Guidelines & 12 Month Eligibility

At a time when the typical single mother in California has to spend two-thirds of her paycheck on child care, when the cost of housing spirals out of too many people’s reach and when income inequality continues to widen, our state needs to be addressing fundamental causes of inequity and supporting services that help families move out of poverty. Investments in high-quality early childhood programs are an essential, and proven, tool to fighting social and economic inequity.

I request you first and foremost address the unintended consequence of the minimum wage increase and adopt: crucial child care and preschool eligibility policies, including a continuous 12-month eligibility period; income eligibility guidelines based on current State Median Income (SMI) data, and increased exit eligibility levels.

No family should have to choose between child care and a job.