Issue #7                                         February 12, 2018
"Children Learning, Parents Earning, Communities Growing"
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CAPPA's
2017-18 Board of Directors
President
Rick Richardson
Child Development Associates

Vice President

Karen Marlatt
Valley Oak Children's Services

Treasurer

Beth Chiaro
Child Care Resource Center 

Secretary
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 

Members-at-Large
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
CAPPA CEO
EESD/CDE, DSS & CCLD Updates
January 31, 2018
12-month Eligibility Regulation Input:
The Budget Act of 2017 requires the CDE to convene a workgroup to solicit input for developing regulations regarding the provisions of California Education Code 8263(h), 12-month eligibility. In order to garner as much input as possible, the EESD Policy Office has opened an e-mail address to gather input/recommendations from any interested party. Please e-mail your input/recommendations to EESDTitle5@cde.ca.gov. This e-mail address will be available until the close of business on Wednesday, February 28, 2018.
January 25, 2018
A manual letter (
EAS-18-03
) containing amendments to the California Department of Social Services' Eligibility and Assistance Manual has been uploaded onto the Department's website.   
January 24, 2018
The California Department of Social Services has scheduled a public hearing for March 14, 2018, to receive testimony on the CalWORKs Income or Household Composition Reporting, ORD No. 0717-18, regulations package.  Details can be found by clicking Here.
January 20, 2018
A manuel letter containing revisions CDSS' Eligibility and Assistance Standards Manual has been uploaded onto the Departments' website. Click here
 for more information.
January 12, 2018
CDSS has scheduled a public hearing for February 28, 2018, to receive testimony on the "CalWORKs Program: Subsidized Employment, Approved Career Pathways and Post-Aid Services" regulations package.
Click Here  for more information.  
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Child Care Coordinating Council, Inc. of San Mateo County
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International Institute of Los Angeles

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February Featured Agency of the Month! Kings Community Action Organization (KCAO)
 



Kings Community Action Organization (KCAO)
is a community based non-profit organization established in 1965 pursuant to the federal legislation "Economic Opportunity Act of 1964". KCAO serves children, families, and providers across Kings County with a variety of services with our mission to develop self-sufficiency. With over 240 employees and 500 volunteer we are committed to improving our communities and demonstrate our passion through daily interactions with families and community partners.  KCAO is often referred to as the "hub of Kings County" as our mixed funding of Federal, State and local funding allows us to provide an array of services that can be accessed in one location. 
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. 
  • Community Resources for Children
     
    For the Love of Reading: The 7th Annual Family Literacy Night!
    February 23rd
    for this FREE event. 
     
  • Valley Oak Children's Services' benefit concert to support their Butte Parent Cafe Program 
    February 24th in Chico Get tickets Here.  
     
  • 4Cs of Alameda County offering Tax Preparation Services  Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) provides free tax preparation services for eligible low and moderate income families. February 1st-April 12th. Learn More Here.
  • 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!
CAPPA Monday Morning Update Partner






Our Monday Morning Update supports our Early Learning & Child Care field with timely information about what is going on in California and nationally; as well as dates to be aware and upcoming events. 

Our weekly (50 times per year) Monday morning distribution is to more than 4,000 federal and state local agencies, resource and referrals, contractors, legislators and their staffs', centers, parents, providers, state departments and advocates.  

To help support the continuation of this resource and or advertise in the Monday Morning Update, click 
HERE. 

You can also make a donation to CAPPA and CAPPA Children's Foundation
The Children's Foundation is a non-profit organization (501(c)3), Taxpayer Identification Number is 
03-0521444. Your generous donation is tax deductible.
What's Happening
California 
State Legislation 
This week marks the final week for bills to be introduced in the California Assembly and Senate! February 16th is the deadline for bills to be introduced. California Assembly and Senate floor sessions will convene on Monday and Friday this week, and President's day will be observed on February 19th. 

To date, for the 2017-18 Legislative Session, the California State Assembly has introduced 2,128 Assembly Bills (including 395 new ones in 2018) and the State Senate has introduced 1,049 Senate Bills (including 232 in 2018). 
 
Click here   to see all of the legislation that has been identified to be of interest to our field. You can find fact sheets and sample letter templates when available. On this page, CAPPA will also note legislative hearings of interest to our field.  To track and/or review legislation or to create your own tracking list,  click here.  

Some bills that have been identified as being of interest to the child care and early education field are as follows:
  • AB 1883 (Weber) Child care and development services: military families: alternative payment programs.   *CAPPA & Western Center on Law and Poverty (WCLP) cosponsored bill.  This bill would clarify that military basic allowance for housing (BAH) of a person who is on state or federal active duty, active duty for special work, or Active Guard and Reserve duty in the military not be considered income for purposes of determining child care eligibility.  This change is consistent with the IRS that also lists BAH as one of the tax-exempt military allowances not considered as earned income when determining eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Head Start and other assistance programs.  
  • AB 605 (Mullin) Day care center: birth to first grade license option - This bill would create a single integrated license for child care centers thus reducing vacancies and enabling the current system to serve more children.  BACKGROUND:  In the 1970s, California led the nation in creating a licensing system for community care facilities, and pioneered recognition of the special needs of infants and toddlers with a license distinct from that of preschool-age care. While the standard of care in California statute remains appropriate, the bifurcation of early care licensing in California into two separate licenses is unnecessary and problematic. California is one of only two states in the country which employ a separate infant-toddler license, and family child care providers are not subject to the dual-license requirement. Fact Sheet
  • AB-1754 (McCarty) Pre-K for All Act of 2018 -  Pre-K for All Act of 2018.  The intent of this bill is to to ensure a fair start to all low-income children by providing quality early care and education for all low-income children whose families wish to enroll them in early care and education programs.
  • AB 2001 (Reyes) Family Child Care Education Networks - This bill seeks to  require that tools used to make family child care assessments be appropriate to family child care  home  settings, and would require a family child care  home   education  network program to include the maintenance of a developmental portfolio for each child, as provided, and opportunities for parent involvement.   Fact Sheet.
  • SB-837 (Dodd) Transitional kindergarten: enrollment for 4-year-olds - This bill is seeking to expand enrollment in Transitional Kindergarten to younger 4-year-olds.   CAPPA Note:  CAPPA has noted strong concerns to this proposed bill to Senator Dodd.  There is a commitment from the senator's office of more conversations with the field; and to work to address concerns brought to his attention.
For child care and early education, our need and our ask is quite simple... 

WHAT DO WE WANT...
100,000 CHILD CARE SLOTS!!!
WHEN DO WE NEED THEM...NOW!!!
  • Parents need access to 24 hour/7 days per week affordable child care options that meet the demands of full time employment.
  • Children need stable and enriching child care settings to attain greater educational outcomes.
  • Child care providers and teachers need to be reimbursed livable rates that value their profession and economic contributions.
  • Employers need a reliable workforce.
Click here to read CAPPA's "ask" paper.  CAPPA's priorities are:

1. To increase the number of and access to subsidized child care slots to address a huge unmet need for working families
In 2015, an estimated 1.5 million children from birth through age 12 were eligible for care, according to a Budget Center analysis of federal survey data. In California's Alternative Payment voucher program and General Child Care there are fewer than 33,000 child care slots allocated to support working poor families. 

 

2. Building   workforce  capacity of providers with livable rates that are at least comparable to the minimum wage
The fact is that infant and toddler care is an extremely low profit area.  For a child care provider, costs are high when factoring in housing, supplies, insurance and labor.  State law requires that child care center providers maintain a ratio of one staff member for every four children under 18 months and one staff member to every six children who are under 18 months to three years.  The ratio is one staff member to every 12 children for preschool aged three and four.
In California, the state's minimum wage is increased to $11.00 per hour beginning January 1, 2018.  Infant/toddler full time child care rates vary from region to region, but average $9.16 an hour in a child care center, $5.70 an hour in a family child care home, and $3.99 in a family, friend and neighbor licensed-exempt care. 

 

3. To v alue all child care and early education providers and centers with rates that recognize the value of their contributions to children, while meeting the financial requirements of operating small businesses as state and local minimum wage increases

 

Click here to read CAPPA Policy Principles & Goals: Partnering in 2017-18.   To help support a coordinated ask from our field, CAPPA will contribute to the development of talking papers, sign on communications, and more.   The more coordinated we are in our asks and priorities, the better the outcomes for families and children.

State Budget Update
will be available to CAPPA Members and subscribers only.  On this new and improved webpage, CAPPA will begin hosting enhanced budget information and strategic communications.  Annual subscriptions will be available to non-members for $50/year. 

On Wednesday, January 10, Governor Brown released his 
proposed budget for 2018-19.   Click here to read the summary and here for detail.

Upcoming Budget Hearings:
FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION ON THE BUDGET, VISIT OR SUBSCRIBE TO OUR BUDGET WEBPAGE.

Sharing from our partners
2017 Portfolio

The 2017 California Child Care Portfolio, the 11th edition of a biennial report, presents a unique portrait of child care supply, demand, and cost statewide and county by county, as well as data regarding employment, poverty, and family budgets. The child care data in this report was gathered with the assistance of local child care resource and referral programs (R&Rs). R&Rs work daily to help parents find child care that best suits their family and economic needs. They also work to build and support the delivery of high quality child care services in diverse settings throughout the state.
For questions about the Portfolio please contact Rowena Kamo at

2018 California Children's Report Card
A review of kids' well-being & roadmap for the future
By
Ted Lempert, President, Children Now

It's clear that California needs to do more invest in kids in the early years. Children Now recently released its  2018 California Children's Report Card,  which grades the state on its current ability to support strong outcomes for children pre-natal to age 26 on 25 key education, health and child welfare areas from our early childhood to our higher education systems. The Report highlights how the state is missing the mark for California's infants and toddlers. Among the Report's alarming statistics is that 62% of our more than 1.5 million infants and toddlers are born into low-income households. And unfortunately these children are less likely to have access to early supports that can help them thrive and reach their full potential, which ultimately undermines the success of the state's economic and civic future.
What is disappointing to see is the state's lack of investment and progress in reforming systems to ensure every kid is safe, well educated, and healthy. With the challenges that our country has faced over the last year, many of which threaten the majority of our children from achieving their full potential, California should be doing all it can to prioritize kids. If we don't ensure equal opportunity for all kids -- no matter their race, immigration status, socioeconomic status, zip code or placement in the child welfare system - we will not succeed as a state.
If we want to address the cycle of poverty and kids to ultimately succeed, we need to invest early. Disparities in achievement and opportunity open early in children's lives and, once present, are more difficult to resolve and more likely to persist throughout childhood and adulthood. Yet the state is failing our youngest kids, allocating far too few resources to the critical and formative early years. High-quality child care services are out of reach for many struggling families. The average cost of child care exceeds the cost of UC tuition; only 14 percent of eligible infants and toddlers are enrolled in a publicly-supported child care program; and on average child care providers are paid less than a third of the salary of other public employees.
The good news is we know how to help our kids. The Report calls on the state's leaders to create public policy change to scale innovative, high-impact programs, and secure resources and reforms to provide equitable opportunities from the very start of a child's life through young adulthood. You too play an important role in improving outcomes for kids. We encourage you to use this document as a guide to develop solutions at the local level and engage in advocacy efforts at the state level. If you have any questions on the report, please contact Kate Miller at kmiller@childrennow.org .


 Join Us in Advocating for Our State's 
Youngest Learners!
We are excited to have Senator Connie M. Leyva and Kristin Shumacher, Budget Analyst for the California Budget Policy Center, join us for the annual Early Learning Advocacy Day on March 1, in Sacramento, California. 

This all-day event will bring together early learning advocates from across California to "Seize the Moment for California's Youngest Children" and brief state legislators on why high-quality early learning programs are an essential investment for California and the nation.

Take the opportunity to:
  • Participate in small-group visits with state legislators
  • Learn about innovation in early learning taking place throughout California
  • Meet and network with other early learning advocates
ELAD Meeting Location: California District Attorneys Association, Sacramento, CA
UPDATES FOR THE FIELD

In San Francisco our PV chapter along with SF Child Care Providers Association worked with Supervisors Kim and Yee to gather 18,000 signatures to quality the "Babies and Families First" fund initiative.  This is a tax on commercial rents and generates $130m/yr to eliminate the wait list (0-5) and increases wages for the workforce.  The initiatice will be on the June Ballot.  Needs50% plus 2 to pass.  Click here to read the San Francisco Citywide Plan for Early Care and Education.

Alameda:  Parent Voices Oakland, SEIU and other ECE advocates convinced their Board of Supervisors (unanimous support) to place an ECE initiative on their June ballot.  This is a 1/2 cent sales tax that generates $140m/yr to eliminate the wait list (0-12); emergency child care vouchers for homeless families; $15 for FCC providers, higher wages for ECE workforce and quality supports.  Needs 2/3rds to pass.

Stand for Children 2018.  Our 22nd annual Stand for Children Day that is 100% planned and executed by our parent leaders and draws upwards of 600 families, providers and supporters to the Capitol will be held, Wednesday May 9th from 10-2 on the North Steps (L Street side).

For more information on any of the above, contact Mary Ignatius, Parent Voices Statewide Organizer.
New Budget Center Analysis Shows Need to Increase CalWORKs Grants
By Kristin Schumacher,  Senior Policy Analyst, California Budget & Policy Center

The California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program helps support nearly 900,000 children across our state by providing families with modest monthly cash grants, while also assisting parents in preparing for and finding employment.

Yet even though CalWORKs is a critical support for families with low incomes, state policymakers significantly reduced CalWORKs grant levels during and after the Great Recession and have only taken modest steps in recent years to build back CalWORKs grants. In addition, Governor Brown's proposed state budget for 2018-19 does not call for boosting grant levels.

A new California Budget & Policy Center Fact Sheet  highlights the need for increasing CalWORKs grants. This analysis not only points to how these grants have failed to keep up with inflation (see chart below), but also shows that, if not increased, they would continue to fall below the "deep poverty" threshold (equal to just 50% of the federal poverty line).



Federal
Update! Congress Budget Deal
Includes Largest Increase for CCDBG in History
 
As you all probably know by now, Congress passed a Continuing Resolution, which includes an agreement to lift spending caps for the next two years.   
This means $5.8 billion for CCDBG over the next two years, doubling existing federal child care funding. Congress agreed to $300 billion in overall additional spending. 
 
You helped make this happen!
 
Now that the spending caps have been lifted, committees will negotiate final discretionary spending for this year. We will be asking you to thank and support our champions in Congress. Californians want to protect immigrant children and youth - our "Dreamers" -  and there will still be a lot to do.
 
Read more about the Senate Budget Agreement on the Child Care Law Center's   CCDBG Advocacy Page. As new developments and opportunities arise, we will keep you up-to-date. 

Bipartisan Congressional Budget Deal Includes Historic Child Care
                                                    Funding Increase for U.S. Kids,
                                                    Leaves Other Children Out
by: Allie Wright
The budget approved by Congress early this morning invests significantly in American early childhood education and child care programs as well as disaster aid, but fails to do the same for international child development programs.
The bipartisan agreement raises the budget caps, promises to double funding to $5.8 billion for the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) program, and reauthorizes the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program for five years. Congress has never before doubled funding for CCDBG, which began in 1996. Today's deal will ensure approximately 230,000 more low-income American kids will receive access to high-quality child care programs.
"This deal is bipartisan and historic in its investment in child care, which is an essential aspect of our nation's economy and allows parents to participate in the workforce," said Kris Perry, president of Save the Children Action Network. "Providing families with access to affordable quality care gives both parents and kids the opportunity to reach their full potential."
While American children programs received funding in the deal, international aid was cut.

What We're Looking for in President Trump's Budget 

Next week, President Trump will release his budget for fiscal year 2019, which will provide a detailed guide to the budget, tax, and program changes he seeks to achieve.

Unless the priorities in this new budget represent a sharp departure from last year's Trump budget, it will present an agenda that would increase poverty, inequality, and the ranks of the uninsured while underfunding core services and investments.

So, what are the five questions to ask in evaluating the Trump budget?
Of Interest
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Upcoming CAPPA Events 

CAPPA Statewide Meeting-in partnership with CDE
April 5, 2018
Pomona Unified School District
1444 E. Holt Avenue 
Pomona, CA 91767
Entrance 1 

9:30am-2:30pm
CAPPA, in partnership with CDE, will be hosting a one-day informational training for our field in Pomona on April 5th.
This Statewide Meeting will bring our field together to share insights and experiences, explore ideas, shape policy, and discuss best practices.
All three workshops below will be presented by Field Services staff at CDE.
Agenda:
9:00am
Registration
9:30am-11:00am
Improper Payment Elimination and Recovery Act Results
The purpose of this informational session is to present information and results regarding the Improper Payments and Elimination Recovery Act (IPERA) review for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2015-16.
11:00am-12:30pm
Overview of the Alternative Payment, CalWORKs Child Care and Family Child Care Home Education Networks Review Guide
This workshop presents an overview of the Alternative Payment review guide and provides clear written information that will be used in Alternative Payment monitoring reviews.
12:30pm
Lunch
1:00pm-2:30pm
Attendance Recording, Reporting and Provider Payments (Alternative Payment Programs)
This workshop presents an overview of the changes to attendance reporting as prescribed in AB 274. It will provide information on provider payment requirements and parent and provider responsibilities for attendance recording for reimbursements, proration, monthly maximums, provider examples of actual calculations and how to deal with oddities like if hourly rates exceed daily rates.

Interested in sponsoring this event?
 Learn more  HERE.

We look forward to seeing you!

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All New Early Learning & Child Care Webinar Series for 2018!
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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 staff, providers and the community on the most requested child care topics for 2018 at an affordable price in an incredibly convenient format. 

Click Here  to see more details, topics and to  register for the all new 2018 series.

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CDE Webinars

 
Webinar: Attendance Recording and Reporting Center Based Programs
Webinar Training Announcement
 
The EESD will host a webinar training for CDE, EESD contractors on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, on Attendance Recording and Reporting for Center Based Programs. It is not necessary to pre-register for this webinar training.
 
Attendee Information
 
Topic: Attendance Recording and Reporting Center Based Programs
Date and Time: Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 9:30 a.m., Pacific Standard Time

Event number: 668 732 584
Event password: 148274

Event Registration/address for Attendees: