"Children Learning, Parents Earning, Communities Growing"
Issue #37                                                         September 10, 2018  
CAPPA's monthly "Featured Agency" segment will highlight amazing work being done by Alternative Payment Programs (APPs) child development contractors throughout the state of California. From border-to-border, APPs support working families and children with services to support self-sufficiency, stability of children in child care, and a host of services coordinated to help break the cycle of poverty.  Many APPs also have been called on to serve as a community life-support of information and resources during natural disasters.  We are pleased to continue this tradition and bring focus to the untapped potential that is the 40 plus year APP community-based system. 

If you would like to be featured, 
please email us!
September 2018 Featured Agency of the Month 
Family Resource & Referral Center of San Joaquin County   

Family Resource & Referral Center was founded with a Child Care Resource & Referral grant in 1980 & serves as the only Alternative Payment (AP) provider agency administering Stages 1, 2 & 3, CalWORKs Child Care funds in San Joaquin County. R&R has become a leader in the region in improving the quality of care in Family Child Care Homes.
  • FRRC has administered the Child and Adult Care Food Program since 1980 and in recent years has expanded to ten counties outside of San Joaquin.
  • Beginning in 2014, FRRC began providing CalWORKs Employment Services. Being able to offer child care assistance and help clients locate a child care provider are unique assets and value added services that FRRC provides in the delivery of CalWORKs Employment Services.
  • FRRC also has several programs funded by First 5 San Joaquin such as the Home Visitation Initiative (HVI). HVI provides parents of children ages 0 to 5 with the Parents as Teachers curriculum in the parents' home and access to additional services to assist in their child's healthy development. Additionally, the CalWORKs Helping to Enhance Parents' Potential (CalHEPP) program provides services for CalWORKs families to be successful. The Help Me Grow Program offers Developmental Screenings and referrals for 0-5 year olds. The SJTEETH Program provides assistance to families in choosing a dental provider and support during the dental appointments.
  • In the last five years, FRRC has diversified services and expanded the organization's mission to include working with area teens at the Teen Impact Center (TIC) through a public/private partnership with the City of Stockton. Over 11,000 youth were served at the TIC in the 2016-17 Fiscal Year.
  • FRRC partners with Stanislaus County to provide Early Head Start services for 77 eligible children in licensed Family Child Care Homes.
  • In October, 2015, FRRC opened a high quality preschool for 216 children, Joan Richards Learning Village, in honor of their founder.
  • In April 2015 FRRC began providing 211 Information and Referral Services and launched 2-1-1 San Joaquin in order to connect families and individuals to concrete support in times of need.
  • 2-1-1 is a telephone line reserved by the Federal Communications Commission for the sole purpose of improving access to health, disaster response and human services.
* Big THANK YOU to Leslie Reece,  Director of Program Services, for the submission! Please contact Leslie with any questions you may have on the agency.  

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CAPPA's
2018-19 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 
 
Leslie Reece
Family Resource & Referral of San Joaquin County

Jeanne Fridolfs
 
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
The CDE is pleased to announce the release of an Early Learning Career Lattice, which was recently approved by the State Advisory Council on Early Learning and Care at its June 20, 2018, meeting.
August 28, 2018
August 24, 2018
August 21, 2018
CDSS has scheduled a Public Hearing on September 19, 2018, to receive testimony on proposed regulations concerning Safe Sleep for infants in childcare facilities.  Learn more here.
August 1, 2018
MB 18-05:
Transfer of Families into a California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids Stage 2 Child Care Program
MB 18-04:
Homeless Children and Youth
July 6, 2018
Subject: Revised State Median Income for 2018-19
July 5, 2018
2018-19 Family Fee Calculator
Please be advised that the new Family Fee Calculator for fiscal year 2018-19 became live on July 2, 2018. The 2018-19 Family Fee Calculator is another tool that can be used when assessing family fees during certification and recertification. The revised Family Fee Calculator is based on the updated State Medium Income thresholds and can be found at  HERE.
 
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How Does the Brain Grow Best? 
Windows of Opportunity & Developmentally Appropriate Practice Based on Neuroscience


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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.
If you have news to share or an event you want added to CAPPA's website calendar, email us!
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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 
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What's Happening
California 
State Legislation 
Friday, August 31st, upon adjournment of the legislative day, the final recess for the session 2017-18 began.

September 30 is the last day for the governor to sign or veto bills passed by the Legislature before September 1.  Bill enacted on or before this date become effective on January 1, 2019.

A couple pieces of highlighted legislation worthy of your consider include:

AB 60 (Santiago) - RECOMMEND:  SUPPORT.  We know that families are more stable in their employment when they have stable child care. It is burdensome to require parents already deemed income eligible for child care to continually report and submit documents to caseworkers that in no way ought to jeopardize their eligibility. However, with our current set of regulations and requirements, parents that fail to provide ongoing paperwork attesting to their income are put in that position; and the agencies that fail to show collection of ongoing income documentation are in threat of being written up during an audit and/or performance review as a condition of their contract. 
AB 60 implements the top recommendation of the California Department of Social Services and Department of Education Interagency Child Care Taskforce.  The California Welfare Directors Association (CWDA) and the child care community also support AB 60. It has bipartisan support and has passed unanimously out of Senate Appropriations, and by consent in the Senate and the Assembly.   STATUS:  ENROLLED


AB 605 (Mullin) - RECOMMEND:  SUPPORT.   This bill will allow a much needed birth-to-entering -first-grade license option for day care centers.  Further, this bill  will allow the Department of Social Services (DSS) to create an integrated child care facility license as an additional option that providers can choose when applying for or renewing their facility license. The addition of an integrated birth through entering first grade facility license option will allow child care and preschool providers the ability to implement the best practices around continuity of care when transitioning children, teachers and peers between age-specific classrooms. This integrated facility license option will also allow providers with federal contracts to more fully meet continuity of care regulations. Additionally, AB 605 will allow child care providers the ability to better manage their school year enrollment so that their facility can reach maximum utilization, thus serving more children and families. A single license option will reduce the administrative burden on severely underfunded child care centers and DSS so that they can both focus on providing a safe and healthy environment for California's children.   
STATUS:  ENROLLED

AB 2626 (Mullin) - RECOMMEND:  SUPPORT.  This bill will ensure more families have access to subsidized child care and early learning throughout the state by extending key flexibilities and efficiencies, already provided to 13 counties, statewide to all applicable early learning contracts.Specifically, AB 2626 wouldexpand age eligibility and remove restrictions for children who can be served in a California State Preschool Program, increase the State Median Income eligibility threshold in order to expand the number of working families who are eligible for services, increase the eligibility timeframe in order to allow stability and continuity of services for children and families, increase the utilization of available funding by allowing providers stability and continuity of services of enrollment of children and families, offer better workforce stability and quality by providing staff development opportunities, and provide flexibility in funding adjustments to allow contractors to better utilize available funding.  
STATUS:  ENROLLED

November 6 is the General Election.

November 30 is the last day " sine die" of the 2017-18 session.

Click here   to be directed to CAPPA's website to see all of the legislation that has been identified to be of interest to our field and the status. 

How to communicate a support or position on a bill sent to the governor?  
Communicating to Governor Brown about a support or oppose position on a piece of legislation is very simple.  
  • Click here to be directed to the page Contact the Governor
  • Scroll down to where it says Email the Governor
  • Fill out the requested information
  • Where it notes PLEASE CHOOSE YOUR SUBJECT, click on the down arrow and scroll down to the specific piece of legislation you are taking a position; you will be directed to the next page wherein you note either a Con or Pro position, then space to write your email.  Once completed, simply push send.
Federal - TAKE ACTION!!

Members of the conference committee are working on a final version of the Farm Bill, which includes the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). SNAP is a proven anti-poverty and anti-hunger program supporting low-wage working families, seniors, children, and people with disabilities, and it is at risk of massive cuts that could lead to one million working families losing access to these benefits.
Make sure the House and Senate conferees working on this legislation protect SNAP benefits as the Senate version of the bill proposes, and oppose any cuts to this critical program in a final Farm Bill.

Information from our partners
It's finally here! The 2018 Benchmark Survey includes the voices of hundreds of child care directors and owners across North America. The report helps leaders to assess their performance relative to their peer group, as well as provide forward-looking insight into growth plans and outlook for the coming year. This year's survey is more comprehensive and packed with more valuable insights than ever, including:
  • Expanded review of trends in Early Education
  • Comparisons to previous Benchmark responses
  • Breakdowns by profit status and location
  • And much more!
Once you have read the report, let us know your thoughts and questions. Email us at  research@himama.com, or tweet at  @HiMamaSocial with the   #childcarebenchmark hashtag.


The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Sponsor and Provider Characteristics Study is focused on the child care component of the CACFP. This component of the CACFP provides funding for meals and snacks served to children in:
  • public or private child care centers,
  • Head Start and Early Head Start Programs,
  • outside school hours child care centers,
  • afterschool programs,
  • emergency shelters (Homeless Shelters) and
  • child care homes.
The Study also covered the At-Risk Afterschool component of the CACFP, which provides funding for meals served to children and youth through 18 years of age in low-resource communities.  Click here for file upload.

Amp Up Your Advocacy with Our New
Webinar Series! 

The Child Care Works team is excited to announce it's first-ever advocacy webinar series! This fall, we will bringing you a series of seven webinars covering a variety of advocacy-related topics, from storytelling to social media.
Even if you are busy during the webinars themselves, registering will give you access to the webinar recording and resources:
Building Blocks Out of Poverty 

Basic needs programs provide core supports that help people meet their immediate needs and shape positive long-term impacts.

This   fact sheet explains how basic needs programs like SNAP, Medicaid, and cash assistance benefit low-income people both immediately and long term. It also addresses current threats and bad proposals that would undermine these programs.

The fact sheet is also available in a  one-page version that focuses solely on the benefits of basic needs programs.


Of Interest
Blue Ribbon Commission
Hello Blue Ribbon Commission Community!
 
Please save the date for our next Assembly Blue Ribbon Commission hearing in Long Beach, CA. This will be our final hearing before moving into our draft recommendations and final report in spring 2019. Throughout the development of our final work, we will be holding public hearings in Sacramento to discuss recommendations and take public comment.
 
What:  Assembly Blue Ribbon Commission on early childhood education hearing
When: Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 1:00pm
Topic: Opportunity for All our Young Learners and their Families (L.A. Focus)
Where: Long Beach City College
Trustees Boardroom (building T on map)
4901 East Carson Street
 Long Beach, CA 95808
Parking: Parking Structure J, Lot K or Lot N.

As always, there will be time allotted at the end of the hearing for public testimony. Check our website for further updates, including agenda, as we get closer to the hearing: https://speaker.asmdc.org/blue-ribbon-commission-early-childhood-education .
 
Thank you,
Stacey
 
Stacey Reardon
Speaker Anthony Rendon
(916) 319-2063 office
(916) 319-2163 fax
Information from CDE

This is a message from the California Department of Education (CDE), Early Education and Support Division (EESD).

Dear Executive Directors of Child Care and Development Programs:
 
The Child Development and Nutrition Fiscal Services (CDNFS) Office is forwarding you a copy of the "2018-19 Child Care and Development Contract Changes." This letter details information important to all agencies that contract with the California Department of Education to provide child care and development services. Topics include changes to the Standard Reimbursement Rates, adjustment factor updates, Regional Market Rate reimbursement ceilings, commingling transitional kindergarten children with children enrolled in the State Preschool program, attendance and fiscal reporting, among others. Click here to read the letter and is also posted on the CDNFS webpage at http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/cd/index.asp.
 
If you have any questions regarding this subject please contact your assigned fiscal analyst.
 
Sincerely,
 
Andrea M. Johnson, Manager
Child Development and Nutrition Fiscal Services
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Suite # 2213
Sacramento, CA 95814-5901
Phone: 916-324-6562
Fax: 916-322-6050
Save the Date!

This notice informs EESD contractors of key SAVE THE DATE events:  
  1. The Continued Funding Applications (CFAs) will be released on September 6, 2018. Please note this date has changed from prior years.
  • The EESD will host a webinar on September 18, 2018, to provide information on completing the fiscal year (FY) 2019-20 CFA. Further information will be provided prior to the webinar.
        2. The California State Preschool Program (CSPP) Expansion Request for
             Applications (RFA) will be released in late-October 2018. Please note this
             date has changed from the previous Save the Date.
  • The EESD will host a webinar in early November 2018 to provide information on completing the FY 2018-19 CSPP RFA. Further information will be provided prior to the webinar.
        3. The General Child Care and Development (CCTR) Request for Applications
            (RFA) will be released in late-October 2018. Priority for the funds will be
             given to full-day/full-year Infant/Toddlers.
  • The EESD will host a webinar in mid-November 2018 to provide information on completing the FY 2018-19 CCTR RFA.Further information will be provided prior to the webinar.
Request from our partners
Tell the House to Oppose Any Cuts to Child Care on Campus!

The Child Care Access Means Parents in Schools (CCAMPIS) Improvement Act of 2017 is the only federal program that supports child care services for low-income parents in college, and campus-based services are provided year-round. Earlier this year, Congress agreed to a two-year budget deal that would provide billions in new funding for early education programs.
      

Unfortunately, the House of Representatives has proposed cutting CCAMPIS's funding by $13 million next year, which could put newly-funded programs at-risk.
Read more about student parents  and child care on our blog and ask your members of Congress to maintain their support for CCAMPIS by opposing any reduction in funding in the FY2019 budget.
   
CCLD Releases Safe Sleep Practices Review and Input

The CDSS Community Care & Licensing Division (CCLD)  has posted safe sleep regulations for public comment. The CCLD welcomes ALL comments and would appreciate comments that are in support of these regulations.

The Child Care Law Center distributed the following:  
Everyone benefits when children are safe and happy in child care. Safe sleep practices can help protect children and keep them healthy and safe - and providers will benefit from clear rules and enforcement.

Community Care Licensing has published Draft Regulations and you are invited to comment.

Some of the proposed regulations are:
  •  Safe sleep equipment such as cribs or play yards for Family Child Care Homes
  •  Supervision requirements during the time infants are asleep in Family Child Care Homes
  • Clear guidelines surrounding supervision for sleeping infants in Child Care Centers
  • Requirements for the safest sleep position for infants
  • Removing hazards in the crib while the infant is sleeping
You are invited to read and comment on the Draft Regulations. Your practice-based knowledge, suggestions, and concerns are important. 

How to Comment
Your comments can be submitted in writing, by fax or by email, no later than September 19, 2018 at 5:p.m.  They can be emailed to this address:      ord@dss.ca.gov

Attend the Public Hearing
The California Department of Social Services has scheduled a Public Hearing on September 19, 2018, starting at 10 a.m. to receive testimony on proposed regulations concerning safe sleep for infants in child care facilities.

The hearing will be held at:
Office Building #8 

Additional Information
Upcoming CAPPA Events 


Network and CAPPA Joint Annual Conference 2018
October 17-19, 2018
DoubleTree Hotel Sacramento
Sacramento, CA



The Network and CAPPA would like to give a BIG thank you to our 2018
Title Sponsor- MCT 
Technology and our Keynote Sponsor- First 5 LA!!


Registration is now open!
Register Online  HERE.
For more conference information and to see the Preliminary Workshop Program,  Click Here.

About the Conference
The California Child Care Resource & Referral Network and the California Alternative Payment Program Association look forward to hosting our 6th Joint Conference together this fall.
Registration information, along with a preliminary conference program, will be released in July. At that time, online registration will be open and attendees will be able to indicate their workshop selections when they register for the conference.
Conference registration includes four meals, two plenary sessions, over 60 workshop selections and all conference materials.

Hotel Reservations:
Our room block at the DoubleTree is sold out. If you are still in need of a room, please email 
Danielle.

Partnership Information: 
The Network and CAPPA would like to thank all of our 2018 Conference Partners!  Click Here to for more details on each partner. 


Exhibitor and Sponsor Information is still available!

Register Today for an Entire Year's Worth of Training!


All New Early Learning & Child Care Webinar Series for 2018!

Build or Add to your  Resource Library!
This is Your Opportunity to Receive Professional Development in a Format Convenient to You.

Topic for September 2018:
How Does the Brain Grow Best?
Windows of Opportunity & Developmentally Appropriate Practice Based on Neuroscience
Christine Roberts, Founder, Nurturing Pathways®
Babies are born learning. The more they are held, nurtured, and stimulated by language, movement and play in the first three years of life, the better their brains will be for the rest of their lives. Eighty percent of the basic brain architecture is wired by age 3. During this webinar, we will discuss why a high-quality interactive relationship between a child and their early caregivers and teachers is vital to making the most out of this developmental phase.

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

The 2010- 2017 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.