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Management Bulletin 17-10

Early Education and Support Division

Subject: Updated Income Rankings

Number: 17-10

Date: July 2017

Expires: Until Rescinded

Authority: California Education Code Sections 8263(b)(2) and 8263.1 (a)

Attention: Executive Directors and Program Directors of Child Development Programs


The purpose of this Management Bulletin (MB) is to notify contractors of the updated income ranking table, corresponding with the State Median Income (SMI) ceilings described in MB 17-08 State Median Income (Initial Certification). The Management Bulletin 17-08 Web page is located at This income ranking table is to be used when determining order of enrollment and disenrollment of children receiving subsidized child care services.

This MB rescinds MB 11-10.


California Education Code (EC) Section 8263(b)(1), provides that first priority for child care services are to children who are receiving Child Protective Services, or have been identified as at-risk of abuse, neglect, or exploitation. EC Section 8263(b)(2) requires contractors to enroll all families in the second priority by income ranking order, and authorizes the use of an  income ranking table, as adopted by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI), to determine the priority of enrollment for families. EC Section 8263.3(b) provides that, in the event that children must be disenrolled from services, families shall be disenrolled consistent with the priority order set forth in EC Section 8263(b). 

Assembly Bill 99, Chapter 15, Statutes of 2017 amended EC sections 8263 and 8263.1 resulting in changes to the following requirements.

  • State Median Income (Initial Certification)
  • Graduated Phase-out (Recertification)
  • Updated Income Rankings
  • Revised Family Fee Schedule
  • Minimum Twelve-Month Eligibility

A separate MB will be issued for each of the requirements listed above. Please refer to the Other Relevant Information section below for more information.


The SSPI has adopted a new income ranking table as authorized pursuant to EC Section 8263(b)(2). Contractors will use the attached income ranking table when determining enrollment and disenrollment priority order.


Effective July 1, 2017, contractors must use the Income Ranking Table, available at, when enrolling and disenrolling families pursuant to EC sections 8263(b)(2) and 8263.3(b).

The Income Ranking Table has been updated to reflect the new income eligibility ceilings released in MB 17-08. The table displays family sizes across the top, the income ceilings to determine initial income eligibility for each rank up to 70 percent of SMI and the income ranks in the left hand column. All families within a rank have the same priority.

Other Relevant Information

For more information on the requirements, please see the associated management bulletins linked below:

If you have any questions regarding the information in this MB, please contact your assigned Early Education and Support Field Services Consultant via the CDE’s Consultant Regional Assignments Web page located at, or by phone at 916-322-6233.

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Questions:   Early Education and Support Division | 916-322-6233
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, September 27, 2017
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