California Policy Updates

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SB 638 (Torlakson)

On 09/21/2006 Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed SB 638 releasing $550 million for the state’s After School Education and Safety (ASES) program. This new legislation allows for easier access to Proposition 49 funds and raises the daily per child rate from $5 to $7.50, raises grant caps, allows for direct grants instead of reimbursement system, and reduces the 50 percent grant match to 33.3 percent.

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AB 1685
Increases Before School Daily Rate and Expands Range of Providers

On June 28, 2007 Governor Schwarzenegger signed AB 1685 into law. The bill amended last year’s after-school bill SB638 by allowing current before school grant awards to be increased commensurate with the daily rate increases previously authorized by SB638 for ASES (After School and Education and Safety) funded programs. The bill also expands the range of providers that can report on program outcomes for ASES grantees by changing the word “after school teacher” to “after school staff.”

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SB 854 (Ashburn)
Raises reimbursement rates, establishes Advisory Committee on Before and After School

On 10/05/2005 Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed SB 854 which included language affecting the federally funded 21st Century Community Learning Center grant program. The bill increases the reimbursement rate from $5 per student per day to $7.50 and increases per-site caps and district grant levels. The changes guarantee programs the 15% of funding reserved for administrative costs, irrespective of student attendance.

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SB 1492 (McClintock)

Would require a budget surplus for ASES funds to be released

Status: Did not pass Senate Education Committee

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Network Policy Update – August 25, 2010
Budget Conference Committee proposes placing Proposition 49 back on the ballot

On August 4, 2010, the Budget Conference Committee voted 9-0 to support a stand-alone budget trailer bill that would place an initiative on the ballot to eliminate the Proposition 49 (ASES) funding guarantee. Such an initiative would result in the Legislature determining the annual level of ASES funding through the annual budget process. In order to reach the voters, the budget trailer bill must first be passed by the Legislature and signed into law by the Governor. In 2008, the Governor vetoed a similar bill. The Legislature is expected to vote on this budget trailer bill as early as this week.

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SB 429 (DeSaulnier) increases flexibility for after-school grantees with summer supplemental grants

On April 13, 2011, SB 429 passed the Senate Education Committee by a 7-1 vote. SB 429, as introduced, would increase flexibility for current after-school grantees with summer supplemental grants to operate extended days, by allowing grantees to run either a 3-hour program at $7.50 per child per day or a 6-hour program at $15 per child per day. It would also open summer programs to students throughout the district, and clarify that summer programs may operate at non-school sites in the community.

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SB 614 (Kehoe) would promote self-defense and safety awareness training in After School Education and Safety programs

On April 13, 2011, SB 614 passed the Senate Education Committee on an 8-1 vote. It was amended to eliminate the proposed funding priority for programs providing self-defense and safety awareness training. SB 614, as introduced, would specify that opportunities for physical activity in After School Education and Safety programs may include age- and gender-appropriate self-defense and safety awareness training, and would give applicants or programs operating such training priority for new or continued funding.

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SB 737 (Walters) would expand exemptions from child care licensing requirements for ASES and recreation programs

SB 737 passed the Senate Human Services Committee by a 7-0 vote, and was referred to the Committee on Governance and Finance with a recommendation that it be placed on the Consent calendar. It was amended to provide that, while it would exempt ASES programs operating up to 60 hours per week from licensing requirements, an individual child could only participate in such an exempt program for up to 30 hours per week.

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AB 1312 (Smyth) would expand the public recreation program exemption from child care licensing

AB 1312 (Smyth) would expand the public recreation program exemption from child care licensing. Currently public recreation programs are exempt from licensing provided they operate 12 weeks or less over a one-year period and less than 16 (or 12 for some programs) hours per week. The bill would authorize exempt programs to operate 14 weeks or less over a one-year period and less than 20 hours per week. It is scheduled to be heard in the Assembly Human Services Committee on April 26, 2011.

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Governor Schwarzenegger Proposes Major Cuts to Youth Programs in May Revise

On Friday May 14, the Governor released the May Revision of the proposed 2010/2011 proposed budget. In this proposed budget, the Governor proposed eliminating all of nearly $1.2 billion in state subsidized child care funding (This proposal would not impact part-time preschool programs or ASES). The proposed budget would also eliminate the CalWORKS job training, education, as well as child care and employment services.

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Prop. 49 Protected in 2010-2011 State Budget

Current Status
On October 8, 2010, the Legislature finally approved a state budget for 2010-2011. Although the Budget Conference Committee has passed a stand-alone budget trailer bill that would have, if passed by both houses and signed by the Governor, placed Prop. 49 back on the ballot, no such trailer bill was brought to the floor of either the Assembly or Senate for a vote.

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State 2011-2012 Budget maintains Prop. 49 funding, but eliminates most child care subsidies for ages 11 and 12

On March 24, 2011, the Governor signed into law budget trailer bill SB 70 which includes significant cuts to the state child care system, including the elimination of child care subsidies for most 11- and 12-year-olds (other than those served in nontraditional hours) and giving otherwise eligible 11- and 12-year olds priority for ASES and 21st Century Community Learning Centers programs (see specific language below).