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Monthly Policy Update
November | 2021

Build Back Better Update

From the National Children's Facilities Network

The $1.75 trillion social spending package containing much of the Biden Administration’s economic agenda, also known as the Build Back Better (BBB) Act (H.R. 5376), could be voted on in the House of Representatives this week (November 15-19). 

If BBB passes the House in the upcoming days, the economic package still faces significant hurdles before it becomes law. The Senate is expected to modify the legislation, with hundreds of amendments anticipated. If the amended legislation passes the Senate, the House is required to vote again on the revised bill before it goes to President Biden’s desk for approval. No timetable has been announced for the Senate’s consideration of BBB, but it is expected that the chamber won’t act until December at the earliest.

The version of BBB now under consideration in the House was released on Wednesday, November 3. It includes funding for universal Pre-K and the establishment of a new early learning entitlement program for children five and under. A section-by-section summary of the child care and Pre-K provisions is available here.

Highlights of BBB provisions related to early care and education include:

  • State participation in one or both of Pre-K expansion and the new child care entitlement program is optional.
  • States that opt to participate in the “Birth Through Five Child Care and Early Learning Entitlement Program” would be required to use 50% of allotted funds on expanding access to child care subsidies; 25% of funds on child care supply and quality building activities; and 25% of funds on either subsidy and grant expansion or supply and quality building, and up to 7% on the cost of administration.
  • With respect to child care facilities
    • Unfortunately, the House Ways and Means child care infrastructure stand-alone investment of $15 billion was not included in the legislation, but facilities grants are an option within the quality set-aside of the child care entitlement program;
    • CDFIs are among the entities explicitly mentioned in the legislative text as eligible to administer state child care quality resources;
    • Construction is only permitted from FY22-24, with an option for Secretary approval in future years;
    • Outside of the “transitional” program years of FY22-FY24, states must abide by the current CCDBG statute when allocating facilities grants, which means that states cannot use grant resources to make structural changes to facilities;
    • The acquisition and purchase of land or facilities are not expressly allowed and may be interpreted as being expressly prohibited in all years;
    • Legislative language bars sectarian places of worship from receiving facilities grants for construction / structural renovations.


#BuildBackBetterNOW 

Join Parent Voices members and partners on Twitter this week to demand #BuildBackBetterNOW! This equity bill is a historic chance at transformational funding for child care, paid leave, home care, and fair wages. 

Click here for the #BuildBackBetterNOW Twitter storm toolkit!

Take Action

Early Care and Education Facilities
Roundtable Series Highlight:
SB 234 Implementation

Kim Kruckel, Executive Director at the Child Care Law Center, joined us as a guest speaker at the last event of our Roundtable Series on Early Care and Education Facilities held in September.  As part of her presentation, she shared information about the implementation of SB 234 (Skinner) Family daycare homes, also called the Keeping Kids Close to Home Act.

Without an enforcement provision, it is up to community members to inform cities and counties about the need to update their zoning ordinances and remove discriminatory zoning laws. From 482 cities and 58 counties in California, only 113 cities and 18 counties are currently partially compliant with SB 234.

Child Care Law Center is tracking compliance with the support from partners and allies. If you have relevant information that can help this effort, please contact Toni Robertson, their Community Advocate, at trobertson@childcarelaw.org. 
Watch the Video

California Child Care and Development Infrastructure Grant Program Update

The Child Care and Development Division (CCDD) of the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) hosted a stakeholder input meeting on November 4th about the California Child Care and Development Infrastructure Grant Program. With over 200 participants, the meeting was facilitated in a way that promoted extensive dialogue about various aspects of center-based and home-based programs and related facilities needs. Click here for the event agenda. At the meeting, the CCDD team shared the link to their new webpage about the program.

On November 9th, we submitted a letter to the CCDD-CDSS sharing input from our members and partners with additional insight to inform the implementation of this important program. Click here to read the letter

Stay tuned for future updates regarding the timeline of the Request for Applications (RFAs). 
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