On April 30th, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a new portal to help parents, including essential workers and vulnerable families, find safe, reliable and accessible child care options. By typing in their zip code, families will be able to see childcare centers and homes that are currently open, their capacity, licensing history, and other useful information for choosing care.
This week, California’s Legislature has been pursuing emergency legislation to respond rapidly to the COVID-19 crisis. On March 16th, Governor Newsom provided them with the requisite declaration, enabling them to act on a bill in spite of it not being in print for at least 72 hours. The Legislature amended AB 117 with new language in order to provide relief and assurance for school districts across a host of issues impacted by the current COVID-19 situation.
Earlier this month we shared news about a major California legislative proposal to expand quality pre-k for three and four year old children throughout the state. While the bill details are still being worked out, voices from around California have been weighing in to ensure that lawmakers understand what it will take to ensure quality, including the most important element of quality, early learning educators. We are sharing a couple of articles with different but complementary perspectives.