Issue #48                                                         December 4, 2017
Alternative Payment Programs (APPs) do so much more than supporting families with support and access to child care.  From border-to-border, APPs support each county with a menu of services that have evolved to meet the very unique needs of vulnerable families and populations. Therefore, to better support our field and decision makers with information about agencies and their services, each month CAPPA will be featuring an agency highlighting the contracts and programs delivered.  
If you would like to be featured please email us by  clicking here!
December 2017 Featured Agency of the Month:
YMCA Community Support Services
Yvonne was a single parent with twin babies at the beginning of her journey to recovery, when she began receiving YMCA child care assistance. Yvonne was able to complete her drug treatment program and get back into the workforce, and has since become a Certified Drug and Alcohol Substance Abuse Specialist with the Dependency Courts, where she helps others who struggle with substance abuse. The twins experience a wide range of creative and educational enrichment at their after school program. When she looked into YMCA summer camp scholarships this past summer, Yvonne was assured to learn that camp staff had the training, protocol, facilities, and strong commitment to inclusive and individualized programming, to prepare a welcoming and safe camp experience for her transgender daughter. Recently celebrating her new marriage and the twins' 8th birthday, Yvonne is now working on her BA in Psychology.
The future is bright for Yvonne and her family.  
The YMCA of San Diego County is dedicated to improving the quality of human life, and helping all people realize their fullest potential through the development of the spirit, mind and body.  Established in 1928, our programs and services are diverse but center on three primary focus areas:
  • Youth Development: Nurturing the potential of every child and teen
  • Healthy Living: Improving the nation's health and well-being
  • Social Responsibility: Giving back and providing support to our neighbors
Alternative Payment is just one of many programs in the YMCA Community Support Services (CSS) region of the YMCA of San Diego County. CSS contains a number of social service programs that all work in harmony to enrich the common good and make life better for individuals, families, and communities through holistic programming and supports.
For families we offer:
  • Free child care referrals
  • Access to our resource library that has the latest trends in child development
  • Expert advice on children's health and behavior
  • Subsidized child care, behavior support services, rich community resources, YMCA memberships and camp scholarships, for low-income families
  • Family Support and Preservation services for kinship caregivers, children in foster care and families involved in the Child Welfare System
  • Individual, family, and school based counseling services
  We support families with children with special needs by providing:
  • Respite care for families connected to the Regional Center and United States Navy
  • After school care for teens with developmental disabilities
  • Specialized child care searches to create the best possible match for a family's needs
  We set young adults on a path to safety and success through:
  • Transitional housing and supportive services for homeless, runaway, and foster youth
  • Drop in centers, workforce development, counseling and case management
  • Supportive behavioral health program and services for LGBTQ youth
  For child care providers and early childhood educators, we provide:
  • Opportunities to network with other providers and educators
  • Access to various tools such as referrals to their programs, resource and toy lending library and coaching on healthy eating and physical activity
  • Health and safety training opportunities to enhance the quality of child care programs, new curriculum for center and home-based programs, best practices and training to start a licensed child care business. 
* A big thank you to Abby Shull for the submission
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CAPPA's 2017-18 Board of Directors
CAPPA is excited to announce to the field, our 2017-18 Board of Directors:

Rick Richardson
Child Development Associates

Vice President

Karen Marlatt
Valley Oak Children's Services


Beth Chiaro
Child Care Resource Center 

LaVera Smith
Supportive Services Fresno

Past President
Martin Castro
Mexican American Opportunity Foundation

Public Policy Co-Chair
Jeffrey Moreira
Crystal Stairs, Inc.

Public Policy Co-Chair
Phillip Warner
Children's Council San Francisco 

Tina Barna
Choices for Children

Abby Shull
YMCA Childcare Resource Service 
Amanda Al Fartosi
KinderCare Education

Jeanne Fridolfs
Community Resources for Children
Mike Michelon
Siskiyou Child Care Council

Marco Jimenez
Central Valley Children's Services Network

Jasmine Tijerino
San Mateo 4Cs

Michelle Graham
Children's Resource & Referral of Santa Barbara County

Joie Owen
Glenn County Office of Education

Denyne Micheletti Colburn
November 2017 Featured Agency of the Month
The Chicano Federation, celebrating its 48th anniversary, was founded in 1969 to improve the quality of life for families and children throughout San Diego County. Its mission is to provide empowering opportunities for our diverse community.

In its early years, the Federation was led by a tireless group of advocates dedicated to the advancement in civil rights and civic participation by Latinos. Today, those strong roots empower the Chicano Federation to serve diverse populations through a variety of programs aimed at helping low-income families and individuals access vital and often life changing services. Programs include affordable housing, child nutrition, child development services, including a Head Start program, infant and toddler program, home visitor program, preschool program, and an HIV monitoring program in partnership with the Federal Center for Disease Control. 
Click HERE to read more. 
Job Openings

Is Your Organization Hiring?

Post your job announcement here for thousands to see!
There is no charge for CAPPA members.
Non-members will be charged a fee of $75.
Please email us your posting!
Child Care Links, Pleasanton

Teacher Assistant
International Institute of Los Angeles

Child Development Inc. is Hiring! See the Recruitment Flyer 
NEW! All new AP branding templates  from CAPPA's Branding Committee are now available for CAPPA members. 

How to Bring Culture into the Classroom and the Home: Anti-Bias Activities for Kids

CAPPA Member Benefit
Constant Contact helps small businesses do more business! CAPPA members have access to Constant Contact email marketing system at up to 25% off.
Send emails, run promotions, and get feedback, all from one easy-to-use account. Email marketing can help you build stronger relationships with your clients, so they keep coming back. Need help? Constant Contact's award-winning coaches are just a phone call away to make sure you succeed. 

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support CAPPA every time you shop.  When you shop at , you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to CAPPA. 
If interested, you can also sign up for an Amazon Business account for free. This is similar to a Prime account and will give you free 2-day shipping. You can learn more  Here.
Please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you for your support! 
Field Happenings!
The CAPPA Board has made it a priority to support our field with a coordinated calendar to note upcoming statewide conferences, federal conferences of relevance, CDE and DSS stakeholder meetings and legislative and budget deadlines and hearings. 
  • Click here to see the calendar.
  • If you have news to share or an event you want added to CAPPA's website Calendar, email us!
ALL NEW! 2017 Early Learning & Child Care Webinar Series 

Build or Add to Your Center 
Resource Library!
This is Your Opportunity 
to Receive Professional 
Development in a Format 
Convenient to You. 
CAPPA Children's Foundation, 
in partnership with MCT 
Technology, brings you an ALL NEW Series of trainings, all for one low price 
per center or program location.
View the webinar series and be connected without 
ever leaving your location. This is a fabulous opportunity to train your staff on the most requested child care 
topics for 2017 at an
affordable price in an 
incredibly convenient format. 
Click Here  to see more details and to  register for the all new 2017 series.
December 2017 Webinar:
How to Bring Culture into the Classroom and the Home: Anti-Bias Activities for Kids
California is one the most diverse states in the country. Providing instruction and care for the children of California requires an ability to practice cultural competence and a strong ability to identify one's own biases. This webinar will explore these topics and identify strategies to achieving environments that celebrate diversity and is all-inclusive.

The 2010- 2016 series' are still available for purchase. Purchase the 2010, 2011 and 2012 webinar CDs for 50% off!! 
For more information or to view past topics,  Click Here.

Meet the Board Member
With the California Legislature on recess, we are pleased to take advantage of this time to introduce a new segment in our Monday Morning Update: "Meet the Board Member". Here at CAPPA, our biggest strength lies in our Board and Membership, and we look forward to sharing more about each of our individual board members for the next coming weeks.

This week: Meet LaVera Smith
Hello Everyone! My name is LaVera Smith and I am the Human Resources Specialist for Supportive Services, Inc. Alternative Payment Program in Fresno, California. I have been with Supportive Services, Inc. (SSI) for approximately 13 years. I grew up in Fresno and completed my Bachelors of Science degree at the University of California, Davis in Human Development. Right after, I completed my Masters of Arts degree in Human Resources. I felt the two degrees complimented each other and addressed two areas that are dear to my heart: early education and positive working environments. I have always enjoyed interacting with children and have worked in various child care centers in Fresno. At one point, I held the highest certificate awarded by the Department of Education via the Fresno County Office of Education: Site Supervisor. As I transitioned from working in day care centers to my time in the administrative realm, I realized the importance of having "happy employees" who in turn create "happy children."
While working at SSI, I can definitely say that may duties have changed and shifted with the needs of the agency. Shortly after being hired at SSI, the economic climate of California spiraled down impacting funding for APP's and R&R's. During this time, I began working more closely with Administration and learned first-hand about case management and provider payment. Based on this exposure, I started attending the CAPPA Annual Conferences and fell deeper in love with my agency's mission. Thus, I am beyond pleased to serve on the CAPPA Board of Directors as a member and the Secretary.
In my off time, I read books and play with my two year old. Her father and I are amazed daily by her physical and cognitive development. She picks up EVERYTHING we say and I have found her repeating little sayings she hears from us around the house. Having a child of my own has opened my heart and mind more to the sincere need for quality child care. Parents spend so much time away from their children, that it is comforting for a parent to know their child(ren) are in a safe and nurturing environment. While serving on the CAPPA Board of Directors, my goal is to be continue to be advocate for our children and support CAPPA in its mission to quality child care is available to all families.
What's Happening
The legislature is currently on interim recess and will return on January 3rd, 2018. 

Interim Hearings that may be of interest:
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color, INFORMATIONAL HEARING SUBJECT: Reducing Youth Incarceration and Setting a Path to Success and Sustainability
  • Thursday December 7, 2017 - Select Committee on Housing Affordability for the Middle and Working Class: SUBJECT:The Housing Needs of Employees in Metropolitan and Urban Areas
Click here to be directed to the Senate Committee Hearings Daily File.
Click here to be directed to the Assembly Committee Hearings Daily File. 

2018 California Minimum Wage Hike Brings Many Changes

Last year, Governor Brown signed SB 3, a bill that increases the minimum wage in California to $15 per hour by 2022. The governor's action makes California the first state in the nation to commit to raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour statewide.

Large businesses with 26 or more employees began complying January 1, 2017. The current minimum wage for large businesses is $10.50 per hour; the rate will increase to $11.00 per hour on January 1, 2018. Large businesses will reach the $15 per hour minimum wage in 2022.
Small businesses with 25 or fewer employees had a one-year delay and will see their first minimum wage increase on January 1, 2018; the minimum wage will increase from $10.00 per hour to $10.50 per hour.
Employers need to prepare for the minimum wage increase and examine other pay practices that might be affected by the increase.
Hint: There are more than you might think!

Download CalChamber's  free white paper  2018 Minimum Wage Hike Brings Changes for California Employers to learn more, including:
  • Scheduled increases to the minimum wage;
  • Affected pay practices;
  • Classifying employees;
  • Posters and notices; and
  • Best practices.
CAPPA would like to take a moment to express our gratitude to the Alternative Payment Programs (APPs) providing services in the areas affected by wildfires. As the story unfolds, it has become apparent that APPs do so much more than provide subsidized child care vouchers. In some communities, these agencies have become a stable community hub with years of history and connection to their communities as a whole.  Within each APP is extensive ongoing family support provided to those dealing with a multitude of poverty stressors.  
As child development contractors, when emergencies occur in California, please consider reaching out to CAPPA to inform us of your efforts so that we may share the various resources and disaster relief efforts being provided by APPs with the field and respective legislators. 

We would like to shine a spotlight on the Human Resource Network of Trinity County, an agency which has taken a very active role in securing transitional housing for residents displaced by the fires. 

Click here to read the article that was published in The Record Searchlight regarding their efforts.

CAPPA Public Policy Principles: Partnering in 2017-18
The California Alternative Payment Program Association (CAPPA) will set policies and take actions on issues based on securing the most advantageous outcomes for working families and children.  We are committed to working collaboratively towards greater access for parents to choose early care and educational programs that best support family stability while leading to greater academic outcomes for our earliest learners.  We believe the best outcomes for parents and children are achieved when delivery of services is provided via California's 40 plus year mixed delivery system.
Click here to read our 2017-18 public policy priorities.

In an effort to expand and broaden collaborative efforts, we would like to share the public policy principles of our partners, as well. We are pleased that there is an organic process unfolding wherein the field has come together and is staying together to realize and achieve better outcomes for families and children.

Below find the policy principles of some of our partners:

Please email us HERE if you would like us to share your policy principles in subsequent updates. 
  Criminal Background Checks Webinar for Tribes
The Office of Child Care (OCC) is excited to offer the upcoming Criminal Background Checks Webinar for Tribes. Co-hosted by the National Center on Subsidy Innovation and Accountability (NCSIA) and National Center on Tribal Early Childhood Development (NCTECD), this webinar will provide policy clarifications captured during previous National Criminal Background Checks webinars. The webinar will also be a forum for open discussion with OCC policy staff, NCSIA and NCTECD technical assistance staff, and your fellow tribal counterparts.
OCC is committed to outreach with our American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program grantees on the Final Rule. During the National Criminal Background Checks webinars, there were many participants from AI/AN CCDF program grantees, and there was a resounding request for a webinar specifically related to tribes.
A webinar will be held on December 11, 2017, from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time). The webinar will be recorded and made available for those who are unable to join the live presentation. You can register for the webinar by following 
Working Families Bear the Brunt of Bait-And-Switch Tax Plan
The Republican tax bills approved by the House of  Representatives and currently on the Senate floor funnel the lion's share of benefits to the wealthy and corporations, at the expense of working families. The Trump Administration claims- against evidence to the contrary- that this isn't true and that it's a boon for these families. But we can spot a phony sales pitch when we see one- and this one is bogus. Their plan will undercut working parents, decimate federal and state budgets and undermine child care, health care, and other programs that support families' economic security and children's education. 


A Message from the Child Care Law Center
You still have time to make a difference and defeat the dangerous tax reform proposal in the Senate. Your voice matters! And please share this email with family and friends outside California.
Dial:  202-224-3121
Say: Hello, my name is _____.  I am a constituent, and I strongly oppose the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. It is unfair to make children and families pay for tax cuts for wealthy individuals and corporations.
  • The Senate tax plan threatens child care programs and funding in the future.
  • The Child Tax Credit proposal in the Senate tax bill would not help families who struggle to pay for child care. It would increase the Child Tax Credit, but does not make this increase fully refundable. As a result, lower-income families will not receive the full benefit.
  • Upper income families will get an even bigger tax break than the one they have now. 
The Senate's modest expansion of the Child Tax Credit does NOT prioritize the families that need it most. If you would like more background, please  read this piece from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, or click here to find a roundup of blogs by the National Women's Law Center. 

Of Interest
ECE Mapping Tool to Support Our Field

In recent years, the Early Childhood field has made huge strides in winning the hearts and minds of Californians and our policy makers. Yet, given how many stakeholder are working in this policy area, it can be challenging to connect organizations and efforts that seek to affect early childhood policy in the state.

GPG is excited to announce a tool to help better connect these organizations, with the hope of improving our collective ability to secure necessary policy changes and investments to strengthen California's Early Care and Education (ECE) system.

Upcoming Events 

CAPPA & Children's Foundation 
Fall Regional Technical Assistance Trainings
Hosted by CAPPA Member Agencies
CAPPA member agencies, with the support of CAPPA & Children's Foundation, have put together a series of Informational and Networking Sessions that will be coming to a region near you!  

December 5, 2017- Costa Mesa
December 15, 2017- Stockton
12-month Eligibility Determination/Redetermination 
Policy & Procedures Discussion
During this group discussion, we will:
  • Review the webinar that was recorded by CDE on September 28th 
  • Review Management Bulletin 17-14: 12-Month Eligibility
  • Share best practices and policies on implementing 12-month eligibility (bring your samples or email ahead of time so they can be sent out to the group)
12:00pm-12:30pm- Lunch (provided)  

CAPPA Public Policy Discussion: 
Now that 12-month Eligibility is a reality- what is next for
  • CalWORKs
  • Eliminating the hold harmless sunset
  • Rate restructuring
  • Full inclusion on a mixed delivery system and that values all provider types
Peer to Peer Networking Session
Come prepared with your questions!  


CAPPA Budget & Advocacy Day
January 18, 2018
California Endowment 
Adelante Meeting Room
1414 K Street, #500
Sacramento, CA 95814
10:00am - 5:00pm 

CAPPA invites you to join us for our Budget & Advocacy Day!  
The day will begin with an expert panel sharing their input, reactions and top priorities on the 2018-19 Governor's Budget.  Confirmed presenters include: 
  • Kristin Schumacher, California Budget and Policy Center
  • Brianna Bruns, Department of Finance 
  • Sarah Neville-Morgan, California Department of Education, Early Education & Support Division 
  • Mike Herald, Western Center on Law & Poverty
  • Seren Taylor, Assembly Republican Caucus
We will then move into an orientation training about the legislative process and how to conduct visits with your representatives. 

In the afternoon, attendees will experience the legislative process 
first-hand by spending the 2nd half of the day at the Capitol participating in legislative visits, educating lawmakers and advocating to make child care and early education a priority.  

Schedule of Events
(You will receive a schedule, room assignments, and legislative advocacy packet when you check in.)
9:30am: Check in at the California Endowment- 1414 K Street,
               Suite 500, Sacramento, CA 95814

10:00am-11:45am: Opening remarks and budget panel discussions
11:45am-12:15pm: Legislative orientation  
12:15pm- 12:45pm: Lunch 
1:00pm-5:00pm: Legislative Visits
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