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A Barrier Removed for Low-income Parents Seeking Education

Posted on 12/01/2017

There's a new law on the books in California that will remove a barrier for low-income parents aiming to access education. Under a bill signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on October 12, 2017, poor parents enrolled in English as a Second Language (ESL) or high school equivalency courses will be eligible for subsidized child care. (See full text of the bill online at: https://goo.gl/baZy8rExternal link opens in new window or tab.)

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California has the highest share of adults with limited English proficiency and the lowest share of adults with a high school diploma, compared to other states, according to the California Budget and Policy Center External link opens in new window or tab. More than half of low-income children in the state – 1.6 million – have parents who have limited English proficiency and/or do not have a high school diploma.

Child care expenses can hold parents back, eating up over two-thirds of the income of the average single mother.