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State Advisory Council on Early Learning and Care

The State Advisory Council on Early Learning and Care (SAC) is a governor-appointed leadership body that ensures statewide collaboration among early childhood programs that will help to define future policy for children birth to kindergarten.
Important Notice: Programs Moved to CDSS

While the California Department of Education continues to operate the California State Preschool Program, the Early Childhood Development Act of 2020 (Senate Bill (SB) 98, Chapter 24, Statutes of 2020) authorized the transfer of many childcare programs from the California Department of Education to the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) effective July 1, 2021. The content on this page may include programs that have moved to CDSS. For additional assistance you can either visit the CDSS Child Care Transition web page External link opens in new window or tab. or call 1-833-559-2420 for more information.

The State Advisory Council (SAC) on Early Learning and Care will make recommendations on the future policy direction for early learning and related services for young children in California. The SAC chair is Mark Friedman. Stakeholders in early learning and members of the public are invited to participate in the upcoming meetings of the SAC.

Letter from the State Advisory Council on Early Learning and Care to the Governor

SAC Members
SAC Meeting Information
  • Information on upcoming SAC meetings along with information regarding past meetings
SAC Resources
Head Start Act of 2007
Questions:   Early Learning and Care Division | casac@cde.ca.gov | 916-322-6233
Last Reviewed: Monday, June 21, 2021