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Governor eliminates child care services for 17,527 children in Los Angeles and jeopardizes employment for 11,142 Working Families and thousands of child care providers

LOS ANGELES, CA - On Friday, October 8, 2010 Governor Schwarzenegger in his completion of the 2010-11 Budget, eliminated child care services for low income working families in Stage 3. This single act destroys Californias 15 year investment in moving families from welfare to work and places thousands of California families on the unemployment and welfare rolls and leaves 17,000 children across the state without access to safe quality child care.

The immediate impacts of these cuts will include:

  • Placing roughly 12,000 families who are currently working, paying taxes and contributing to Los Angeles struggling economy will be forced to make difficult decisions between caring for their children or maintaining their employment. 3,500 of these families are served by Crystal Stairs

  • 6,000 providers, including licensed family child care homes and child care centers throughout the state will lose payment for services placing their businesses, already hard hit by Los Angeles struggling economy at risk of closure. 2,700 of these providers are contracted with Crystal Stairs

  • $1.2 billion dollars of economic input will be lost to Los Angeles County annually

Adelina Elzy is a child care provider in Los Angeles County who provides care to families on Stage 3. I am currently providing care for one parent whose children are all on Stage 3, says Ms. Elzy. We will all be devastated. I recently had to lay off my three staff and downsize my business as a result of the economy and the budget delay. She has relied on me to provide care for her children while she worked... Now, I will have to tell her this news. The Governor said he was cutting child care for a rainy day fund. This cut is a real rainy day fund scenario for thousands of parents, children and small business providers. The Governor essentially said he does not care about us.

The massive elimination of child care services will result not only in lost employment for low income working parents and their child care teachers and providers, but also in endangered child safety and lost learning opportunities for the over 6,600 young children from the Crystal Stairs service area who will be jerked from their child care programs beginning November 1, 2010.

Child care providers are already struggling with high vacancy rates due to the 12.6% local unemployment rate for Los Angeles County. The loss of an additional 17,000 children from these programs will place many licensed child care programs in very difficult financial positions and potential closure

Further, these cuts will have a ripple effect of employers losing employees who are no longer able to come to work, closure of already struggling child care businesses which will impact all working families who depend upon child care services to go to work.



Speaker Pérez Statement on Governors Line-Item Vetoes of Child Care Services

Wednesday, October 13 2010

SACRAMENTO Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles), who made fighting for jobs the centerpiece issue of this years budget negotiations, today issued the following statement in response to the Governors shortsighted elimination of child care for working parents that have worked their way off the welfare rolls and into the workforce:

With the stroke of his blue pencil to eliminate the critical Stage 3 Child Care program, Governor Schwarzenegger terminated the jobs of 60,000 Californians and threw them into complete crisis.

Since Welfare Reform established the CalWORKS program, the welfare rolls in California have dropped by 50 percent. This is largely due to the work requirements of the programs and the tools that are available to ensure that work is a realistic option for struggling families available child care is perhaps the most valuable tool.

Without Stage 3 Child Care, parents that have worked their way off of welfare but are in such low paying jobs they cannot afford the full cost of Child Care will be left with daunting choices to care for their kids: either quit their jobs and go back on welfare or leave their kids in vulnerable settings.

Clearly, it is not in the states economic or moral interests to force parents back onto welfare or to force parents to leave their kids in vulnerable situations the state simply cannot afford either outcome.

Therefore, we are not going to simply add this to the list of all the other failures of the Schwarzenegger Governorship, instead we will fight for these families and undo the Governors elimination of Stage 3 Child Care.

  • The Assembly will introduce a bill that takes effect immediately to fully restore funding for Stage 3 Child Care on the first day of the new session. Since Stage 3 Child Care is an educational program, the bill will only require a majority vote. This bill will be sent to the Governor's desk on the first day the new Governor takes office;

  • Also, the Assembly will work to find ways to qualify families for other Child Care programs that remain intact and other solutions to provide a bridge for families and small businesses until the program can be restored.

As I first stated soon after learning of the Governors devastating and shortsighted vetoes, it is disappointing but not surprising that the Governor would do so much damage on one of his final acts in office.

But we will not let his child care veto go unanswered; we will fight to keep the 60,000 parents in their jobs and their kids in safe and enriching environments. Both are critical to economic interests of our state.

Steinberg, Parents & Advocates Denounce Governors Cruel & Unnecessary Budget Line Item Vetoes

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

(SACRAMENTO) Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) joined parents and advocates today at a Sacramento daycare provider for a press conference to denounce the Governors decision to veto from the state budget nearly a half-billion dollars in funding that will have devastating consequences on Californias children, working parents, and economy.

Of the Governors $1 billion in line-item vetoes, nearly half single out working parents and children for particular harm by eliminating essential funding for abused and neglected children, mental health services for 20,000 students, and child care for single-parent working families.

The Governors vetoes were misguided, cruel, unnecessary, and preventable, Steinberg said. These vetoes will place more children in harm's way, force working parents to forfeit their jobs by eliminating critical child care programs, and force more Californians who did not create our economic crisis to bear the brunt of its consequences, Steinberg said.

We saved a lot in this budget from the Governors preferred meat cleaver approach in this budget. We preserved dozens of vital programs for Californians, including health care, job training, CalWORKS, community mental health services, and In Home Supportive Services. We also increased funding for higher education and increased per pupil spending in public education; all while confronting an $18 billion budget deficit.

My first action in January will be to work with our new governor to immediately restore the critical investments vetoed this year, Steinberg said.

Speakers at todays press conference highlighted the impact of the following vetoes to the Sacramento area and throughout California:

  • Child Welfare Services -- $80 million. At least 700 social workers across the state will be laid off or not backfilled due to this cut. As a consequence, 143,000 reports of child abuse or neglect will not be investigated and thousands of foster children will not be reunified with their families. The Governors veto also means California will lose federal matching funds, bringing the total funding cut to this program is $133.5 million.

  • AB 3632 Mental Health Services for Students -- $132 million. Thousands of children with disabilities and mental health needs will be denied help, including children with autism spectrum disorders, children with other developmental disabilities, and mental health needs.

  • Stage 3 Child Care -- $256 million. Eliminates child care for 60,000 families statewide, including 81,000 children. It will make it even more difficult for Californians to keep their jobs, become financially stable, and provide children with a safe environment while their parents work. In Sacramento alone, 1426 Stage 3 families (90% are working) would lose childcare. 2829 children would be affected and would no longer have quality, educational child care services. 407 Child Care Providers would be impacted, losing $19 Million in child care reimbursement annually. An additional 60 families per month will lose their services as they end their 2 years after cash aid on CalWORKs Stage 2 and be placed on an eligibility list. The eligibility list for child care in Sacramento County already has over 3000 income eligible children who are not being served and waiting.

Throughout the budget negotiations Senate Democrats urged the Governor to consider sensible tax reforms and suspension of previously authorized corporate tax breaks that have yet to be implemented. Further, the Governor and Republican legislators insisted on $200 million in new corporate tax breaks as a condition to reaching a budget agreement. If the Governor and legislative Republicans had embraced either one of our reform proposals or suppressed their desire to provide new corporate tax breaks, none of the Governors vetoes would have been necessary to achieve the budget reserve he created. Instead, all Californians will be forced to endure the devastating economic and personal consequences of the Governors choices.


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