Senate Human Services Committee approves Frazier bill to make child care more accessible to Solano County families

Monday, July 17, 2017

SACRAMENTO – The Senate Human Services Committee has unanimously approved a bill by Assemblymember Jim Frazier’s (D–Discovery Bay) that allows Solano and San Diego counties to keep much-need money in-county and use it to implement pilot programs that increase access to licensed child care for local families.

“Solano County is often not able to use all of the child-care funding allocated by the state because of unreasonably strict state program regulations that fail to accommodate the needs of local families and child-care providers,” Frazier said. “Solano County has had to return more than seven hundred thousand dollars to the state in recent years, while the unmet need for child care in the county remains very high. AB 377 gives Solano County the ability to retain this money and develop innovative new plans that fit the needs of local families.”

AB 377 would give Solano and San Diego counties more flexibility to determine eligibility requirements of families and children, adjust reimbursement rates and fees charged to families and maximize the most efficient use of state-allocated money. The legislation would allow families in Solano County not served in licensed child care centers to take their child care funding to licensed family child care homes that are more widely available across the county.

“The Legislature has made clear its intent is to make sure all California families have access to child care regardless of demographics or special needs,” Frazier said. “AB 377 gives Solano and San Diego counties the ability to develop model pilot programs that will help the state develop its approach to reforming child-care statewide. My colleagues on both sides of the aisle agree with this approach.”

“AB 377 presents solutions to remove the systemic barriers that are impeding our child care providers to have the stability they need to best serve our families and children in our county,” added Ericka Erickson, Solano County’s local child care planning council coordinator.

AB 377, which is jointly authored by Frazier and Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego), now goes to the Senate Appropriations Committee for approval.

Assemblymember Frazier represents the 11th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Antioch, Bethel Island, Birds Landing, Brentwood, Byron, Collinsville, Discovery Bay, Fairfield, Isleton, Knightsen, Locke, Oakley, Pittsburg (partial), Rio Vista, Suisun City, Travis AFB, Vacaville and Walnut Grove.

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