AB 776 (Kalra) has passed the Senate Education Committee unanimously as it continues through the legislative process. The bill, co-sponsored by the Santa Clara County Office of Education and Children Now, was included in Strong Start’s advocacy day agenda in Sacramento in May.

It requires the California Department of Education (CDE) to develop a process that would allow local education agencies (LEAs), e.g. school districts or County Offices of Education, to assign and maintain unique student identification numbers (SSIDs) for children in early care and education (ECE) programs that they operate. The bill also requires that this process allow LEAs to assign SSIDs for children enrolled in programs that are operated by other, non-LEA, providers in the area that they serve, e.g. non-profit preschool programs. These SSIDs would be the same as those used in the state’s K-12 pupil database, the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS), and so will enable the alignment and integration of ECE and K-12 data – improving services and outcomes for children and their families.The bill will move on to the Senate Appropriations Committee following the upcoming legislative recess.

You can watch testimony from Assembly member Kalra, SCCOE representative Lee Angela Reid, and Children Now’s Samantha Tran below.