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Preferred Placement Legislative Report 2009

Report to the Legislature on Preferred Placement for Eleven- and Twelve-Year-Old Children.

Executive Summary

In 2005, Education Code (EC) Section 8263.4 was amended to specify that the preferred placement for eleven- and twelve-year old children would be in an After School Education and Safety Program or a 21st Century Community Learning Center Program, now referred to as before or after school programs. This report compiled the data collected pursuant to Education Code section.

EC Section 8263.4(d) requires that child development contractors collect information when a before or after school program is not available for an eleven- or twelve-year old child. EC Section 8263.4 (g) further requires that child development contractors annually report the amount of savings due to the transfer of a child to a before or after school program and that the California Department of Education (CDE) report this information to the Legislature annually. The EC authorizes contractors to retain the savings generated as a result of this implementation to provide services to additional children.

The CDE identified child development contractors that served eleven- and twelve-year old children in the Child Development Division (CDD) funded subsidized child care and development programs. In June 2006, management bulletins containing instructions to contractors for reporting necessary information including the amount of savings resulting from implementing the changes were provided to all contractors. For fiscal years 2006-07 and 2007-08, CDD contractors reported savings of $ 660,380 and $ 498,792, respectively.

Report to the Legislature

Preferred Placement for Children Ages Eleven or Twelve
Savings Resulting from Implementation

January 2009

The California Department of Education (CDE) respectfully submits the Report to the Legislature on the implementation of California Education Code (EC), Section 8263.4. Chapter 78, Statues of 2005 for the preferred placement for children ages eleven or twelve.

The charts below show information for two consecutive years, fiscal years 2006-07 and 2007-08. Included are the number of children and the reasons that they remained in CDD subsidized child care programs.

Preferred Placement for Children Ages Eleven or Twelve FY 2006-07 FY 2007-08
Number of agencies that reported 220 162
Number of children who left CDD programs 203 218
Estimated Savings $660,380 $498,792
FY 2006-07 and FY 2007-08–Reasons that Children Remained in a CDD Subsidized Child Development Program
Reasons for Remaining in a CDD
Child Care and Development Program

FY 2006-07

Number of Children Remaining for Part of the Day:

FY 2006-07

Number of Children Remaining for All of the Day:

FY 2007-08

Number of Children Remaining for Part of the Day:

FY 2007-08

Number of Children Remaining for All of the Day:

A. The program does not provide services when needed during the year, such as during the summer or school breaks. 976 5350 391 5156
B. The program does not provide services when needed during the day, such as in the early morning, evening, or weekend hours. 604 3576 286 3693
C. The program is too geographically distant from the child’s school of attendance. 62 1001 43 693
D. The program is too geographically distant from the family’s residence. 118 645 23 609
E. Use of the program would create substantial transportation obstacles for
the family.
285 2293 130 2066
F. A “before or after school program” is not located at my child’s school. 356 3640 206 3161
G. The “before or after school program” is full and does not have an opening for the child. 129 860 71 863
H. There is not a “before or after school program” in the county. 35 297 27 398
I. Any other reason identified by the family: Attach an additional page, if necessary. 222 2493 137 2124
J. Total 2621 20155 1314 18763

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