Assembly Blue Ribbon Commission on Early Childhood Education
What: Assembly Blue Ribbon Commission hearing
Topic: Financing Early Learning in California
When: May 3, 2018 at 1:00pm-3:00pm
Where: State Capitol, Room 4202
Sacramento, CA 95814
The Assembly Blue Ribbon Commission on Early Childhood Education is the Assembly’s effort to plan an early learning system that works for children, families and providers. The Commission is dedicated to the core vision of developing strategic solutions to improve outcomes for young learners in California. The Commission met quarterly and formed sub-committees to begin developing recommendations. These recommendations will be drafted into a report to serve as guiding principles and proposals for Legislators and the next Administration to consider.
During the Great Recession, the budget for early learning was severely cut along with many other state programs. Despite recent investments, the existing system has struggled to stay afloat. Members fight hard every year to win additional dollars for children because they knew the benefits of access to quality early experiences for children.
The concept of the Blue Ribbon Commission on early childhood education was created during the 2016-17 Budget in an effort to strategically plan improvements to the underfunded and struggling early learning system. The ultimate goal is to provide more services to needy families and kids across the state through a sustainable system.
The current funding for the system is outdated and the need for access to child care continues to grow. The Assembly is using this group as a platform to discuss ways to improve the early learning system in California and put the ideas into action to inform future policy and budget actions.
Year One: February 1- 2017 – March 2, 2018
The first year was foundational. Members were appointed from the Assembly and Community and we developed a shared understanding of current issues, reviewed research and developed aspirational goals. This was accomplished through the four Hearings and formation of Sub-Committees.
- Workforce retention and development
- Expand access to early learning programs
- Financing and the economic impact of ECE
- Engaging and meeting the needs of families
- Why Early is Potent (March 6, 2017)
- Early Brain Development (July 27, 2017)
- Supporting California's Growing Workforce (November 17, 2017)
- Increased Access for Children and Families (March 2, 2018)
Year Two: Plans
This coming year through the Subcommittee process and Commission Hearings we will dig more deeply into substantive issues. The full Commission will meet quarterly and Subcommittees will continue to meet in between full hearings (see below for more details). Draft recommendations from the Commission will be circulated for public comment, including agency staff feedback in late 2018, and in Spring 2019 the Report will be launched including recommendations for phased implementation.
BRC Hearings in 2018 (subject to change):
- Hearing 1: May 3, 2018 in Sacramento: confirmed
- Financing Early Learning in California
- Community input
- Details: State Capitol, Room 4202 at 1:00 p.m.
- Hearing 2: Summer 2018 - Location TBD
- Access- special challenges (e.g. children with disabilities)
- Local models “pockets of success”
- Community input
- Hearing 3: Fall 2018 - Location TBD
- Parent Engagement initial recommendations
- Work Force initial recommendations
- Access initial recommendations
- Community Input
- Hearing 4: Winter 2018 - Location TBD
- Finance Initial Recommendations
- Report Outline
- Hearing 5: Early 2019 in Sacramento
- Draft Report
- Hearing 6: April 2019 in Sacramento
- Final Report launched
(Norwalk, CA) — After taking part in a tour of Cerritos College's Child Development Center, the Assembly Blue Ribbon Commission on Early Childhood Education including Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood), Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) and Assemblymember Blanca Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) met to hear expert witnesses discuss the importance of early learning and its impact on the development of children. The Commission is a task-driven body determined to improve outcomes for children and families through early learning programs and services. You can see Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon's opening remarks in this Assembly Access video.