Sunday, October 31, 2010

State Schools Chief Jack O'Connell Announces CalWORKS Stage 3 Child Care Services Will Continue Until November 5

from CA Dept of Education - What's New

SACRAMENTO — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell announced the California Department of Education (CDE) is directing its child care contractors to notify working poor families that child care services under the CalWORKS Stage 3 program will be extended to at least November 5, as ordered today by the Superior Court of California in Alameda County.

Because of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's veto of this funding, Stage 3 child care services were supposed to end on October 31. That action was challenged in the court case Parent Voices Oakland, et al. vs. Jack O'Connell, et al.

"The children of working poor parents will continue to receive child care services through next Friday," said O'Connell. "Regardless of the legal outcome of this case, the Governor's cruel and heartless veto has caused tremendous pain and uncertainty for working families who are struggling to make ends meet. I remain committed to working with the Legislature and the child care community to find funding that will provide both a short- and long-term solution to this crisis that puts the needs of children first."

In a ruling today, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Wynne Carvill directed the CDE to notify its child care contractors of the extension of CalWORKS Stage 3 child care services to November 5. A hearing has been set for November 4 in the same court, at which time the judge is expected to consider whether the Governor's veto eliminating all CalWORKS Stage 3 services to struggling parents and their children can be legally implemented.

Read complete article HERE.

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