Phase III was designed to further analyze the preliminary recommendations and to utilize the assistance of childcare and development community to redesign childcare and development policy. Professional judgment and experience was sought from representatives from the three lead agencies and the childcare and development field. For six of the nine tasks included in the project, work groups were assembled to discuss new proposals and ideas for improving services within the state. Over 80 people spent thousands of hours contributing their experience and expertise to these efforts. Three additional tasks were also conducted as more traditional research projects in which consultation with field representatives was also involved, but in a less structured manner. The project was designed to study nine specific questions that CDE, CDSS, and the Governor's Office of Child Development and Education believed were critical to policy restructuring.
Part two of the Phase III California Cares report includes reports from the eight tasks included in this phase of the project as well as summary information.