Child Care Law Center

Berkeley, CA   |  www.childcarelaw.org

Mission

The Child Care Law Center educates, advocates, and when necessary litigates to remove the barriers standing between families in need and good, affordable child care. Good affordable child care creates stability and opens opportunities for children, families and communities.

Ruling year info

1985

Principal Officer

Ms. Kim Kruckel

Main address

1832 Second Street Suite K

Berkeley, CA 94710 USA

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EIN

94-2959973

NTEE code info

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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No matter what our income, race, background or status, we all want our children to have enriching child care and preschool so they can grow up fulfill their dreams. But policymakers have chosen not to prioritize affordable child care, and as a result, millions of families are forced to make tough choices--making sure their child has good, safe care or working to provide for housing, health care, and other basic needs. We can align the interests of children, families, child care providers and communities to create child care solutions that are equitable and target those who need the most help, first. We can target resources to children in families with low incomes, children in communities of color, and children with disabilities. When every parent can raise their children with dignity, our whole community benefits. Good child care opens up opportunities for children, families and communities.

Our programs

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Advocacy and Impact

Policy advocacy and education to win enriching, safe and affordable child care for all families. We support parents and family child care providers through advocacy, community education, legal information and assistance.

Population(s) Served

This project creates economic opportunity for parents and child care providers with low incomes by making it easier for providers to care for the infants and young children in their community. We have reformed zoning and housing laws to increase the supply of family child care across California.

Population(s) Served

We provide analysis of state and federal budgets, laws, regulations, and initiatives affecting child care. We monitor regulations and provide public comment, and work to make sure that policies are equitable not only in form, but in practice.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We envision a California where child care is a civil right, not a benefit; where equal opportunity begins with equal access to safe and healthy child care; and where parents can support their families without sacrificing their children's well-being. By expanding access to good, affordable child care, the Child Care Law Center helps transform lives, strengthen communities, and spark bigger social change.

Families will have child care so they can work and provide for their housing, health care, and other needs. They can get ahead and stay ahead.

Children receive nurturing care, and develop essential social, emotional, and academic skills to prepare for their future.

Providers are valued and can support their own families. They view their jobs as careers, with stability and growth for themselves and the children under their care.

The Child Care Law Center educates, advocates, and when necessary, litigates to remove the barriers standing between families in need and good, affordable child care.

Our strategies are policy development and advocacy, technical assistance, community education, coalition partnerships, legal analysis and litigation.
We use the strategies of policy development, advocacy and collaboration with partners and state or local agencies. We ask parents, child care professionals and stakeholders to identify issues, solutions and strategies. We assist with policy implementation and monitor newly-adopted policies to assure outcomes and ensure that new barriers or burdens don't develop.

We pursue impact litigation when other strategies fail. One landmark case for systems change was Rose v. Eastin in 2000, which compelled the Department of Education to issue regulations governing the CalWORKs child care programs. In 2010, we filed Parent Voices Oakland v. O’Connell to stop the mass disenrollment of children from child care programs caused by the governor's line-item veto of $253 million in state funding.

The Child Care Law Center, founded in 1977, is the only organization in the country devoted exclusively to child care law. In the 70s, advocates – who were helping match up families with child care information programs so that parents, particularly women, could work – realized they needed legal help. The State of California was refusing to issue licenses to potential child care providers who were not married, or who did not speak English. The Child Care Law Center made its first mark challenging that policy.

Ever since, we have been at the forefront of new policies to include children with disabilities in child care programs, for equitable child care program policies and funding, protecting families' rights to subsidies, and changing local zoning and land use policies.

Our staff of attorneys, community advocates, and communications experts are passionate about child care as a path to economic opportunity and growth, for everyone involved - children, parents and child care providers. We write legal analysis and offer legal information, stay rooted in the community through our workshops and hotlines, and engage and educate our supporters and partners.

We are part of two critical state networks which support and amplify our work: IOLTA-funded legal aid programs, and state early childhood advocates.

We stepped in to block the line-item veto of a child care fund in Parent Voices Oakland v. O'Connell, thus saving child care for 55,000 children of low-income working women in California.
We spearheaded including children with disabilities in child care programs in California by giving the child care providers the legal training that they needed in order to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
We helped the city of San Francisco think creatively about zoning policies and passed a child care impact fee that increases the availability of child care in San Francisco.
In Rose v. Eastin, we forced the California Department of Education to establish regulations to provide child care for families on CalWORKs.

Financials

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Child Care Law Center

Board of directors
as of 03/09/2020
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Board co-chair

Mr. Fernando Gaytan

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles

Term: 2018 - 2020


Board co-chair

Lisa Holder, Esq.

Law Offices of Law Holder

Term: 2018 - 2020

Bradley Brownlow

Holland & Knight LLP

Daniel Stringer PhD

Education Technology Consultant

Fernando Gaytan

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles

Lisa Holder

Law Office of Lisa Holder

Moony Tong

San Mateo County

Mary Gutierrez

SEIU California

Roberto Viramontes

Educare Los Angeles at Long Beach

Samuel Levine

Gilead Sciences

Paula Mathis

Early Childhood Advocate

Natasha Saggar Sheth

Attorney

Rachel Boyce

Cooley LLP

Sarah Efthymiou

Public Law Center

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes