Rate Reform and Quality

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California has a mixed child care and development delivery system, designed to provide parents the flexibility to select the type of subsidized care that works best for their family in either child care center or home settings. However, the state’s system for reimbursing center-based and home-based care is fragmented. Home-based child care providers who meet Title 22 standards, those who are exempt from licensure such as Family, Friend and Neighbor Providers, and some center-based programs are reimbursed using a Regional Market Rate (RMR) method, which accounts for geographic cost factors. State-contracted child care programs that must meet Title 5 and Title 22 standards are reimbursed at a flat Standard Reimbursement Rate (SRR), which does not account for geographic cost factors.

Pursuant to the Agreement reached between CCPU and the State of California, which was codified via Assembly Bill (AB) 131 (Chapter 116, Statutes of 2021), signed by the Governor on July 23, 2021, and ratified by CCPU on July 26, 2021, the State and CCPU have established a Joint Labor Management Committee (JLMC) to develop recommendations for a single reimbursement rate structure to present to the Department of Finance (DOF) no later than November 15, 2022. The CDSS, in consultation with CDE is responsible for convening a working group to assess the methodology for establishing reimbursement rates and existing quality standards for child care and development programs and preschool programs. The working group includes, but is not limited to, representatives from CCPU, teacher and administrator representatives of state-funded center based contractors, child care and development experts, parent representatives, a head start representative, an alternative payment program agency representative and representatives from the administration. The working group will provide recommendations relating to specified topics to the JLMC, the Department of Finance (DOF), and the Joint Legislative Budget Committee no later than August 15, 2022.

The CDSS is partnering with WestEd to lead and facilitate discussions with the working group and JLMC. WestEd will also support CDSS in overseeing data collection, data analysis, and in stakeholder engagement efforts to inform final recommendations for a single reimbursement rate structure.

To maximize program quality and stabilize California’s child care and development system, prior recommendations for rate reform have recognized that California needs a single, regionalized reimbursement rate structure that addresses the cost of providing high quality child care. These recommendations have highlighted that a regionalized rate system should achieve the following vision:

  1. Compensate all teachers and child care providers for the true cost of providing care by reimbursing them at rates that reflect the economic diversity of California,
  2. Recognize the costs of meeting varying quality standards and regulations, and
  3. Strengthen the ability of the state’s mixed delivery system to provide quality options

Rate and Quality Stakeholder Workgroup Meetings

Please find agendas, recorded sessions, and PowerPoint slides below.

Rate & Quality JLMC Single Rate Proposal (November 15, 2022)

Rate and Quality Workgroup Final Report (August 15, 2022)

August 2022

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July 2022

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Public Feedback to Rate Reform and Quality Workgroup Draft Report

Please see the link below in the “Meeting Notices and Agendas, Recordings, and Supplemental Materials” section for the Draft Report containing the recommendations of the Rate Reform and Quality Workgroup. You may share feedback about this draft report at bit.ly/RateReformReport. This form will be open for public feedback from July 12- July 23, 2022.

Comentarios del Público sobre el Informe Preliminar del Grupo de Trabajo sobre Reforma de Compensación y Calidad

Favor de ver el enlace a continuación en la sección de “Meeting Notices and Agendas, Recordings, and Supplemental Materials” del Reporte Preliminar, donde están contenidas las recomendaciones de la Reforma de Compensación y Calidad del Grupo de Trabajo. Usted puede dar su opinión acerca de este reporte preliminar en bit.ly/RateReformReportSpanish. Este formulario estará disponible para opiniones del público del 12 de julio - al 23 de julio, 2022.


有關包含費率改革和品質工作組建議的報告草稿,請查閱下文「Meeting Notices and Agendas, Recordings, and Supplemental Materials」(會議通知及議程、錄音和補充材料)一節中的連結。可在( bit.ly/RateReformReportChineseTrad)此處分享有關此報告草稿的反饋。此表將於 2022 年 7 月 12 日至 7 月 23 日期間公開徵求公眾意見。


有关包含费率改革和质量工作组建议的报告草稿,请查阅下文“Meeting Notices and Agendas, Recordings, and Supplemental Materials”(会议通知及议程、录音和补充材料)一节中的链接。可在 bit.ly/RateReformReportChineseSimp. 此处分享有关此报告草稿的反馈。此表将于 2022 年 7 月 12 日至 7 月 23 日期间公开征求公众意见。

June 2022

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