On The Capitol Doorstep

Located in Sacramento, California, OTCD provided information on California and federal legislation affecting young children from 1971 through 2014. Focusing on child care and development programs providing early care and education, OTCD followed current legislative efforts relative to child protection; child safety; education; health, mental health and disabilities; nutrition and public assistance.

I have been very fortunate to be able to work with many wonderful people who care passionately about early childhood education and especially for the children that we have served together so faithfully. Unfortunately, I am closing down On the Capitol Doorstep as it is no longer sustainable - either for me personally, or the organization. The Newsletter is no longer being published and the last issue of the Legislative Update will be the end of June 2015. I plan to provide as many resources as I can directly on the web site, though they may not remain up to date. This work has been a blessing to me and my family.

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Subscriber Resources Available Include:
  • 2011-12 and 2012-13 Child Care and Development Budget Charts
  • Advocacy Presentation
  • Bill Status of Newsletter or Update Bills
  • Bills Under Consideration for Newsletter



  • California Early Care and Education Programs
  • Child Care Staffing Ratios and Qualifications: Current Requirements and History
  • A History of Major Legislation Affecting Child Care and Preschool Funding
  • Advocacy...Why Bother?
  • California State Budget Process
  • A Guide to State Agencies Serving Children
  • Legislative Calendar/Anatomy of a Bill

Reprintable Handouts (All in PDF Format)

Web Links

  • Child Care Advocacy
  • Legislative
  • Elections
  • Children and Families Commissions
  • Child Care Information
  • Child Care Programs
  • Government Agencies and Departments
  • Various

On the Capitol Doorstep
P.O. Box 73601
Davis, CA 95617
No phone or fax
P. Alex Cooke, Publisher, email: pacooke**

Comments/questions, email otcd**.
**All email addresses end @otcdkids.com.

This page last updated 3/31/15.
This site last updated 3/31/15.