April 16, 2018

April brings Week of the Young Child, Pay Equity Day, and Child Abuse Prevention Month. Please see actions and articles for all three including SFCCPA's Walk Around the Block, EPI's pay equity article, and important information on  requirements for mandated child abuse reporting.
April is time to appreciate all who provide early care & education - and to advocate for the compensation and resources we need to provide this essential service. It was great to see so many at CPAC's annual Provider Recognition Luncheon on Sunday, April 15! Now let's advocate - please join us to let our San Francisco community know how important ECE is to our community - and what we need to keep teachers teaching. Haven't RSVPd yet? Please click here to RSVP today at City Hall or in your neighborhood so we can tell the press you will be there!
See you Wednesday at 10 AM!

Sara Hicks-Kilday
SFCCPA Director
  • What story could you share?
  • Are you a nonprofit? You can advocate!
  • Thank your representative for a huge funding increase!
  • Speak out as part of the Budget Justice Coalition, May 3
  • Equal Pay Day is a reminder that you can't mansplain away the gender pay gap
  • Evidence shows collective bargaining - especially with the ability to strike - raises teacher pay
  • Training required for mandated child abuse reporting
  • Children in Nature: ELS/PFA All-Partner Meeting, April 25
  • Family Economic Success Forum, May 11
  • Introduction to Bird Language, May 20
  • NAEYC Professional Learning Institute, June 10-13
walk-aroundSFCCPA's Walk Around the Block 

Rally for Early Care & Education at City Hall

Wednesday, April 18
10 AM - noon

SF City Hall Steps
1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Pl
San Francisco, CA 94102

SFCCPA calls for community wide action - make it clear ECE is a community priority!

SFCCPA Monthly Meeting

Monday, May 1 
6:15-8:30 PM

Children's Council,
Room 120
445 Church Street, SF

At SFCCPA meetings ECE educators have asked for improved systems around professional development. The OECE convened the Professional Development Systems Advisory Committee (PDSAC) to explore priorities in three areas: workforce compensation, user experience and workforce conditions, and college and career pathways. Come hear preliminary recommendations and priorities. Give your feedback. Help build a system that supports you!

Two young boys splashing their hands in a small pond in a park.
Learning Stories Conference

Saturday, May 5
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

S FSU - McKenna Theater
1600 Holloway Ave
San Francisco, CA 94132

SFCCPA collaborative event with EDvance, FCCA SF, and other community sponsors.  Attendees will leave inspired with a strong understanding of how they can implement elements of Learning Stories into their own practice.

What Story Could You Share?

SFCCPA is collecting stories to build our message and advocate. Why?  Humans think in story. The most memorable appeals to leaders and our community is your story woven into an ECE picture.  Let our community and elected leaders know about what we need to provide quality care and education and why our children, families, and community need it.
  • What is a day in your life like? Let the SF community and leaders know what it's like to be a provider of early care and education.
  • Studies show that almost half of all child care educators were enrolled in public assistance (CHIP, SNAP-food stamps, EITC, or TANF). Many work two or more jobs. What do you need to do to make it on early educator wages and benefits?
  • Are you able to afford a home in San Francisco? How? What are your living conditions like? If not, were you displaced? What is your commute like?
  • Being an educator of young children is transformative work. What inspires you? What impact have you seen your and/or your colleagues' work have on the children and families in your care?
Are you a nonprofit? You can advocate!

Non-profits can advocate for ballot measures. You just need to be clear what funds you are using. Non-profits receiving San Francisco funds cannot use these funds for city measures, but can support ballot measures with other funds. We need ECE to step up boldly to advocate. Bolder Advocacy has great resources on advocacy guidelines. Here are some excerpts:

"Influencing legislation - or "lobbying" - is a key advocacy strategy that nonprofits can use to advance their cause. In fact, by not lobbying, many 501 (c)(3) organizations are not taking full advantage of their rights under federal tax laws, which set out generous lobbying limits."

"Ballot measures allow voters to propose and enact laws. They include ballot initiatives, constitutional amendments, bond measures, and referenda. 501(c)(3) organizations can proactively initiate ballot measures or react to ballot measures proposed by others. They can also support or oppose measures and encourage the public to vote accordingly."

Thank your representative for a huge funding increase!

Last year, Congress promised a $2.9 billion increase, but negotiations resulted in a still, very impressive $2.4 billion increase over previous funding. We have to thank our leaders for their persistence in ensuring that the increase was not completely eliminated. In a time where many of the programs that the families we care about depend on are under threat of harmful changes, take a moment to thank your Member of Congress and California's Senator for helping to make this win possible.

From the California Child Care Resource & Referral Network. Click here for more info.
Mark your calendar: Speak out for Early Care & Education as part of the Budget Justice Coalition, May 3rd

May 3, 2018
1:00 - 3:00 PM

Please save this date and time for the BoS hearing on "other priorities." Budget Justice Coalition is proposing to do a shared overview presentation and then to have members present on specific priorities/needs/asks for each community. Speak for child care & education! Contact Sara@ecesf.org to let me know you can attend!
EPI: Equal Pay Day is a reminder that you can't mansplain away the gender pay gap

"April 10th is Equal Pay Day, which marks how far into 2018 women have to work to earn the same amount men earned in 2017. On average, in 2017 women were paid 22 percent less than men, even after controlling for race and ethnicity, education, age, and location, according to a new Economic Snapshot by EPI's Elise Gould and Jessica Schieder. To close the gender pay gap, women need to see their real wages grow faster than the wages of their male counterparts. The best type of narrowing occurs when both women and men see real annual wage growth."

EPI: Evidence shows collective bargaining-especially with the ability to strike-raises teacher pay

"Some recent media reports on a new academic study by political scientist Agustina S. Paglayan give the impression that the paper's findings reflect badly on teachers unions. This is a misreading, however, of the study and of its implications. A key issue lost in the press accounts is that the study is, first and foremost, an historical analysis, examining the effects of the expansion of state collective bargaining rights for teachers between 1959 and 1990. Given the historical focus, the study excludes the experience of the last three decades, where the evidence clearly suggests that collective bargaining raises teachers pay."

Training required for mandated child abuse reporting

Beginning January 1, 2018, Assembly Bill No. 1207 added California Health and Safety Code 1596.8662 requiring all licensed employees to complete training as specified on their mandated reporter duties and to renew their training every two years. Volunteers are encouraged but not required to take the training.
All employees at licensed sites were required to complete the training by March 31, 2018. If you have not done so yet, please see the link below.

The online training module includes vignettes and is self-paced.
  • You can access the online training at http://www.mandatedreporterca.com/training/childcare.htm
  • You will see Five Lessons with 95 slides
  • At the conclusion of the training you will take a final test that requires an 80% or highescore to pass.  
  • Upon passing the test you will be e-mailed a Certificate of Completion. 


A licensed child care provider or applicant for that license, an administrator, or employee of a licensed child care facility is exempt from the detecting and reporting child abuse training if he or she has limited English proficiency and training is not made available in his or her primary language.
Children in Nature: ELS/PFA All-Partner Meeting

Wednesday, April 25
6:30 - 8:30 PM

Please join the San Francisco Office of Early Care and Education and First 5 San Francisco at our 2nd semi-annual ELS/PFA All Partner Meeting! Dinner and interpretation in Spanish and Chinese will be provided. All ELS/PFA programs are required to send at least one staff member.

Family Economic Success Forum

Friday, May 11, 2018
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Introduction to Bird Language with Jon Young and Kathleen Lockyer

Sunday, May 20, 2018
1:00 - 5:30 PM

Lake Merritt, Oakland
Cost: $55

NAEYC Professional Learning Institute

June 10-13, 2018
Austin, TX
Workforce Registry & Job Announcements

If your site has job postings, please share them with us! Email info@ecesf.org.

For comprehensive ECE job information, check out the California ECE Workforce registry, a comprehensive ECE job source!  The Registry is a state, regional, and local collaboration tracking and promoting the education, training, and experience of the early care and education workforce, and piloted in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Visit www.caregistry.org to create your account, and post or search job listings. For assistance, contact the San Francisco Professional Development Project (PDP) in the Child Development and Family Studies Department at City College, 415-452-5605, or Mona Mala, mona@childrenscouncil.org, 415-343-4669.

Jobs in the ECE Community

Contra Costa County Office of Education is hiring a Project Supervisor for Early Learning Quality Improvement Initiatives. Find the full job description here. Application deadline April 18.

The California Child Care Resource & Referral Network is hiring a Trauma-Informed Care Training & Coaching Program Manager. Find the full job description  here .

Wu Yee Children's Services has  several job openings .

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