Bill to Revitalize General Child Care Passes Its First Committee

For immediate release:

Sacramento, CA – The Assembly Education Committee passed Assemblyman Anthony Rendon's AB 273, which provides money to local child care workers in the General Child Care Program for Infants and Toddlers, on a 6-1 vote.

This program serves impoverished children and provides them with full-day, full-year child care. The additional funds will go towards providing sustainable, high-quality learning programs through braided federal Early Head Start support services and GCC-IT. Early Edge California, Zero To Three and the California Child Development Administrators Association sponsored Rendon's bill.

"Adding evidence-based support services to early child care produces better outcomes for children. Services like health and nutrition, home visitation, family engagement, developmental screenings and early intervention services all address critical needs for vulnerable kids," stated Assemblyman Anthony Rendon, former executive director of non-profit, child care center Plaza de la Raza Child Development Services, Inc.

In light of President Obama's expanded commitment to early childhood education, AB 273 creates a national model that significantly increases California's competitiveness for this federal funding. The program is called the California Partnership for Infants and Toddlers.

Contact: Stacey Reardon, (916) 319-3412