At a Glance
The San Mateo County Child Care Subsidy Program, previously known as the AB 1326 Pilot, was created to permit limited local flexibility to meet local needs in our high cost county.
Brief History and Description of the San Mateo County Child Care Subsidy Pilot - AB 1326
In 2003, California Assembly Bill 1326 (Simitian) was signed authorizing San Mateo County to develop and implement an individualized county child care subsidy plan.
The Child Care Partnership Council created the plan, which was subsequently approved by the San Mateo Board of Supervisors and the San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools in July 2004. The California Department of Education approved the plan for implementation on October 1, 2004.
Due to the success of the pilot in its first three years, as well as the efforts of the Council and its community partners, California Senate Bill 1304 (Simitian), passed by the legislature in June 2008, extending the pilot for five additional years.
With the passing of California Assembly Bill No. 260 (Gordon) on October 11, 2013, the pilot was again extended for another five years, through July 1, 2018.
Effective January 9, 2015, California Assembly Bill No. 128 authorized the implementation of the individualized county child care subsidy plan indefinitely.
The project was conceived as a means to explore solutions to the problems that the state “one-size-fits-all” child care subsidy system presents to high cost counties such as San Mateo. Without any additional funds, the pilot seeks to demonstrate the effects of limited local control and flexibility to meet the goals of family self-sufficiency and to stabilize a fragile child care infrastructure.
The San Mateo pilot was designed to address two fundamental concerns: first, that families barely earning enough to meet the high costs of housing in the county were nevertheless considered too high income to qualify for child care subsidies; and second, that the state reimbursement rates paid to providers contracted to provide high quality child care were so low that contractors could not cover their costs, and therefore were unable to utilize their full allocation of state and federal child care development funds. As a result, fewer children were subsidized through these contracts and child care spaces were lost to the county.
Pursuant to Section 8343 (a) of AB 1326 the Council must "annually prepare and submit to the Legislature..... a report that summarizes the success of the pilot project and the county’s ability to maximize the use of funds and to improve and stabilize child care in the county.
Annual Reports to the Legislature:
- Child Care Subsidy Pilot Project Report - 2015
- Child Care Subsidy Pilot Project Report - 2014
- Child Care Subsidy Pilot Project Report - 2013
- Child Care Subsidy Pilot Project Report - 2012
- Child Care Subsidy Pilot Project Report - 2011
- Child Care Subsidy Pilot Project Report - 2010
- Child Care Subsidy Pilot Project Report - 2009
- Child Care Subsidy Pilot Project Report - 2008
- Child Care Subsidy Pilot Project Report - 2007
- Child Care Subsidy Pilot Project Report - 2006
- Child Care Subsidy Pilot Project Report - 2005