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SB 1629 Advisory Committee FAQs


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of the Early Learning Quality Improvement System Advisory Committee?

The Early Learning Quality Improvement System Advisory Committee is required to develop the policy and implementation plan for California’s Early Learning Quality Improvement System.

Why does California have an Early Learning Quality Improvement System Advisory Committee?

California’s leaders and residents recognize the value of high quality early learning experiences in preparing young children for success in school and life. The Superintendent of Public Instruction’s P-16 Council (2008), the Governor’s Committee on Education Excellence (2008), and the Joint Legislative Master Plan for Education (2002) have early learning policy proposals that sound a common theme and share core recommendations. These recommendations build on the existing public and private investments for California’s youngest children and recommend improvements to enhance outcomes for children and also achieve systemic effectiveness.

A key recommendation that was enacted into law with Senate Bill (SB)1629 (Steinberg – Chapter 307, Statutes of 2008) is to build a framework for a high quality early learning system. California is joining 21 states that are designing quality rating systems and 35 states that are using tiered reimbursement systems to improve outcomes for children by recognizing existing program quality, incentivizing higher program quality, improving workforce training and consumer awareness, and linking funding to quality. The Early Learning Quality Improvement System Advisory Committee’s plan will create a system that builds on research, state and federal policies and resources, and the work of California counties and other states.

Who are the members of the Early Learning Quality Improvement System Advisory Committee?

The Early Learning Quality Improvement System Advisory Committee consists of thirteen members and is co-chaired by Jack O’Connell, Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Glen Thomas, Secretary of Education, or their designees. In addition, the Advisory Committee members include:

What are the elements of the policy and implementation plan for an Early Learning Quality Improvement System?

The Committee’s report shall address at least the following four elements of a quality improvement system:

What areas and features of high-quality programs may be considered?

The Advisory Committee will consider consumer awareness so that parents receive accurate information about the type of program in which their children are enrolled. The following features may be considered:

How can interested parents, early educators and caregivers, and community members provide input?

The Advisory Committee will seek input through the following methods, and others that may be added:

What is the timeline for the Advisory Committee’s work?

The Early Learning Quality Improvement System Advisory Committee will develop an interim report on its recommendations for the Legislature and the Governor by December 31, 2009, and a final report by December 31, 2010.

How was the Early Learning Quality Improvement System Advisory Committee authorized?

The Early Learning Quality Improvement System Advisory Committee was authorized by SB 1629 and was co-sponsored by State Superintendent O’Connell, Preschool California, Children Now, and the California Child Development Administrators Association. Leadership was provided by Senator Darrell Steinberg with co-authors including Senator Romero, Assembly Members Jones, Arambula, Brownley, Coto, Huffman, Karnette, Laird, Mullin, and Nunez.

How is the Early Learning Quality Improvement System Advisory Committee funded?

The Early Learning Quality Improvement System Advisory Committee is funded through the leadership and commitment to high-quality early learning programs of the First 5 California Children and Families Commission.

Questions:   Early Education and Support Division | 916-322-6233
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