Highlights of the State
The California Children and Families Commission (CCFC) and the 58 county Children and Families Commissions direct a fund of tobacco tax revenues to services for children birth to age five.
CCFC has made school readiness its framework for funding and evaluation. CCFC identified five focus areas within school readiness: early mental health, informal child care, migrant/seasonal population, children with special needs and oral health.
CCFC's School Readiness Initiative includes a $200 million fund that, with an equal match from counties, targets families and children in low-performing school communities.
The Legislature's Education Master Plan, for the first time, includes a School Readiness component with recommendations to expand and integrate early care and education into the K-12 education system.
The California Department of Education, Child Development Division has revised its approach to evaluating the child care and development services it provides to move away from a process-oriented compliance model and towards a focus on the results desired from the system. "Desired Results for Children and Families" centers around the following six goals for children and families:
- Children are personally and socially competent;
- Children are effective learners;
- Children show physical and motor competence;
- Children are safe and healthy;
- Families support their child's learning and development;
- Families achieve their goals.
Making progress on children's school readiness in the context of severely declining state revenues
Addressing how to serve more children who are eligible for subsidized child care and how to improve quality in child care settings overall
Assuring access to health care for all children
Family leave legislation
Addressing culturally diverse children/families
Addressing special needs children/families
Statutory Children's Cabinet
California Children and Families Commission
The California Children and Families Commission was created by The California Children and Families Act of 1998. The Commission was designed to provide, on a community-by-community basis, all children prenatal to five years of age with a comprehensive, integrated system of early childhood development services. Through the integration of health care, quality child care, parent education and effective intervention programs for families at risk, children and their parents and caregivers are provided with the tools necessary to foster secure, healthy and loving attachments. Commissioners are appointed from the public and private sector, including state legislators, representatives from the Department of Education, doctors, and actors. The Commissioners meet monthly.