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Centralized Eligibility List Implementation - Legislative Report


California Department of Education
Report to the Governor, Legislature, and the Legislative Analyst's Office:
2011 Status Report on the Implementation of County Centralized Eligibility Lists
Executive Summary

The Budget Act of 2011 (Senate Bill 87, Chapter 33) eliminated funding for the implementation of county Centralized Eligibility Lists (CELs). State-funded CELs cease to exist as of July 1, 2011, except in a few counties that elected to continue operating a CEL on a voluntary basis.

This report is required by item 6110-196-0001 of the 2010 Budget Act (Provision 11, Chapter 712, Statutes of 2010). Pursuant to the Budget Act, this report provides an update on the implementation of state-funded CELs, data on the number of children and families waiting for subsidized child care and development services in each county as of March 31, 2011, and county expenditure data.

The 2011 report shows that there were:

  • 135,744 families waiting for subsidized child care and development services.
  • 193,140 children waiting for subsidized child care and development services.

Of the families waiting,

  • 103,800 (76 percent) reported that they needed subsidized care because they were working.
  • 38,364 (28 percent) families reported that they were actively seeking employment.

Of those children waiting,

  • 122,388 (63 percent) children were between the ages of zero to five.
  • 134,697 (70 percent) children needed full-time care.

You can find this report on the California Department of Education Centralized Eligibility List Legislative Reports Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/ci/celreports.asp. If you have a question or need a copy of this report, please contact Marguerite Ries, Education Administrator, Early Education and Support Division, by phone at 916-445-7349, or by e-mail at mries@cde.ca.gov.

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Last Reviewed: Monday, April 24, 2017
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