Status Report on Implementation of County Centralized Eligibility Lists (CEL) - 2008
As specified in the 2007-08 State Budget (Senate Bill 77, Chapter 171, Item 6110-196-0001, Provision 11), which allocated $7.9 million for the Centralized Eligibility List (CEL), the California Department of Education (CDE) is required to provide a status report on the implementation of the CELs in each county that includes, but is not limited to, the cost of implementation, operation, and number of children and families on the list for each county.
The 2008 Status Report on the Implementation of the CEL provides data on the number of families and children waiting for subsidized care. On September 30, 2008, there were:
- 149,028 families and 220,069 children waiting for subsidized care.
- Of the 149,028 families waiting for care, 119,479 (80.17 percent) families reported that they needed subsidized care because they were employed.
- Of the 220,069 children waiting for subsidized care, 87,629 (40 percent) were between three to six years old.
- Of the 220,069 children waiting, 163,592 (74.34 percent) reported they needed full time care.
The report outlines factors impacting the effective and efficient administration and utilization of the CEL, including the changing nature of family data and the need for additional resources. Users have reported that the lowest income, most eligible families often experience frequent changes in employment and/or residence making it challenging for CELs to maintain current information. Counties have expressed concern about the need for additional resources necessary to administer the program (at the state and local levels) and update data on a regular basis.
The report also describes the development and submission of a Budget Change Proposal to provide local assistance to CEL contractors to perform essential functions with improved efficiency and effectiveness. It also supports one permanent full-time Education Research and Evaluation Consultant to implement the program and provide technical assistance.Finally, the report provides an overview of county expenditures and describes the CDE goals for the next fiscal year.