Assembly Passes Bonta Bill to Increase Access to Early Childhood Programs in Alameda County

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

(Sacramento, CA) − ­Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) is proud to announce his bill, AB 833, which authorizes Alameda County to develop and implement a five-year individualized county child care subsidy pilot plan, passed the Assembly with unanimous support (80-0) and is now headed to the Senate.

“Alameda County is in dire need of a local plan to address the growing number of children and families in need of quality child care services,” said Assemblymember Bonta.  “AB 833 provides the necessary limited local control to maximize the use of subsidy funds and improve and stabilize child care with appropriate state oversight.”

Angie Garling, Coordinator of the Alameda County Early Care and Education Planning Council, the sponsor of the bill, explained, “Children and families seeking care in Alameda County are adversely affected by the high cost of living. Many families who earn just enough to meet housing costs are deemed ineligible for subsidized child care and agencies receiving insufficient state reimbursement rates are not able to cover the cost of care.  AB 833 will allow us the flexibility to address these issues.”

With the ability to revise eligibility and need determinations, adjust reimbursement rates and family fees based upon a local evaluation and assessment, and modify funding requirements, Alameda County will be able to utilize allocated funding efficiently to meet local conditions. 

Bonta concluded, “I am pleased the Assembly recognizes the importance of utilizing available resources to increase access to quality early care and education locally and look forward to continued efforts to build a stable, comprehensive, and adequately funded high-quality early learning and educational support system.” 

Assemblymember Bonta represents the 18th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro. Bonta Chairs the Assembly Health Committee; the Public Employees, Retirement, and Social Security Committee; and the Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color. He is also a member of the following committees: Appropriations, Budget, Budget Subcommittee No. 1 on Health and Human Services, Joint Legislative Budget, and Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management.