(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, child development appropriations, with the exception of funds appropriated for the After School Learning and Safe Neighborhoods Partnerships Program pursuant to Article 22.5 (commencing with Section 8482) and for CalWORKs child care pursuant to Sections 8353 and 8354, shall be available for expenditure for three years, except that funds remaining unencumbered at the end of the first fiscal year shall revert to the General Fund.
(b) The Superintendent of Public Instruction shall establish criteria and procedures for the reallocation of unearned contract funds in the second and third years of availability, in accordance with the following priorities:
(1) First, for the accounts payable of the State Department of Education.
(2) Second, to reimburse alternative payment programs for the provision of additional services, in accordance with Section 8222.1.
(3) Third, for one-time expenditures that will benefit children in subsidized child care, which include, but are not limited to, the purchase of materials approved by the State Department of Education for deferred and major maintenance of existing facilities, respite care, and implementation of capacity building activities, which include new facilities, training, and technical assistance. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the allocation for these one-time expenditures may not be made unless approved in the annual Budget Act.
(Amended by Stats. 2000, Ch. 71, Sec. 5.)