"Children Learning, Parents Earning, Communities Growing"
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.
April 2019 Featured Agency of the Month
Glenn County Office of Education- Child Care Resource Referral
and Payment Program
Glenn County Office of Education- Child Care Resource Referral and Payment Program
has been serving families in Glenn County since 1998. Located in the rural Sacramento Valley, Glenn County is home to approximately 30,000 people. With over 1,188 farms, agriculture is the primary source of Glenn County's economy; commodities include rice, almonds, milk products, prunes, and livestock. Understanding our community is key to successfully meeting the needs of families as they utilize largely varied and non-traditional employment and education schedules. Through Alternative Payment, CalWORKs (including Stage 1), and FCCHEN contracts we provide childcare subsidies to approximately 132 families and 255 children using care with 65 licensed and license-exempt child care providers. With Resource and Referral contracts that include CCIP, Foster Child Care Bridge, and Health and Safety grants we provide training and technical assistance to child care providers, a toy and book lending library available to the public, and enhanced child care referrals to assist parents seeking services.
Child Care Resource Referral and Payment Program is part of the larger Department of Child and Family Services under the umbrella of Glenn County Office of Education. Department of Child and Family Services additionally holds Head Start, Early Head Start, State Preschool, and General Childcare contracts to provide care and education services for the 0-5 population and pregnant women. Through nine centers and a home visiting program Department of Child and Family Services provides support to an additional 151 families and 182 children.
To meet the diverse educational needs and schedules of Glenn County children and families we are frequently evaluating our service options to provide relevant resources. We believe that each child grows and learns in his/her own special way and that parents are best able to evaluate and choose services to meet their children's needs. It is our mission to provide quality programs and service for lifelong learning through a wide and flexible array of service options to meet the needs of families in a holistic way.
**Thank you to Joie Owen,
Family Services Division Manager, for the submission!**
In the past three months since the Camp Fire, VALLEY OAK CHILDREN'S SERVICES has had some successes in the world of child care.
We would like to share KUDOS with our local Regional Licensing office, City and County Planning offices and Fire Marshalls, and the Department of Education. While VALLEY OAK CHILREN'S SERVICES has been working hard to assist families find childcare that meets their needs being affordable, quality, reliable, and welcoming these mentioned agencies have moved mountains to approve fire clearances, use permits, licenses and waivers for Family Child Care Homes and Centers.
Butte County is seeing child care growth with 4 re-opened FCC's, 6 new licensed FCC's, and 1 new Center. We are offering 10 plus hours of provider training monthly ranging from Getting Started in the Business of Child Care, Child Development, Learning Environments, Professional Development, and Trauma Informed Care.
Other areas of success are in the lives of families that we serve with Behavioral Health, Bridge Program and Early Head Start.
Here is an example of a success we had in our Bridge Program:
Back in December, we were able to enroll a family into Bridge. The mother, S., came in and completed enrollment for the child and was able to get child care services in place the day before he was psychically placed with her! Already a huge success. During her enrollment story, she told me a bit about herself. She had very recently become approved as a certified resource family. She has 2 biological daughters, both teenagers. As a result, she had decided that she would like to take in any teenage girls that would come her way. She felt that her home would be a good fit for a teenage girl going through the foster care system. To her surprise, the first call she received for placement was for a little boy, aged 1. She was open to the idea, but knew that she needed childcare, since she had initially planned on taking in school-aged children. The CSD worker informed her about Bridge, and she was immediately referred to VOCS. As a result of the assurance that she would have, at least temporarily, assistance with childcare she decided to take in this little boy.
The little boy had lost his placement in the Camp Fire, since the family he was staying with had lost their home and no longer had stable housing. During her enrollment appointment, she was able to pick out a bunch of clothes for him and other supplies like diapers, baby wipes, etc.. She even came back a second time and picked out a couple more things J
After about a month, I checked in with her and she shared with me that, her and her family had fallen in love with this little boy. She told me how helpful her teenage daughters have been and how they love showing off their "little brother" to their friends. She then went on to tell me that she was strongly considering adopting the little boy.
Well. Today she was enrolled onto CAPP and can now potentially have services for him until he is 13. This family's story is ongoing but WOW. Who knows what would have happened with the services. But as a result of the support received through VOCS, this little boy is in a very loving home receiving stable and consistent child care at a center.
Do you have success news to share with us?! We love to hear what our members are up to and where they're going! Submit your accomplishment(s) big OR small by emailing us!
2018-19 Board of Directors
Child Development Associates
Valley Oak Children's Services
Child Care Resource Center
Supportive Services Fresno
Mexican American Opportunity Foundation
Crystal Stairs, Inc.
Public Policy Co-Chair
Children's Council San Francisco
Choices for Children
YMCA Childcare Resource Service
Family Resource & Referral of San Joaquin County
Napa County Office of Education
Siskiyou Child Care Council
Central Valley Children's Services Network
San Mateo 4Cs
Children's Resource & Referral of Santa Barbara County
Glenn County Office of Education
Denyne Micheletti Colburn
ELCD/CDE, DSS & CCLD Updates
The ELCD will host a webinar on
Thursday, March 14, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to provide technical assistance with the CDMIS.
January 28, 2019
January 4, 2018
The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) has amended regulations pertaining to CalWORKs, within the Eligibility and Assistance Standards Manual. The changes are detailed in
CDSS Manual Letter No. EAS-18-05
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.
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WHAT DO WORKING FAMILIES NEED?
WHEN DO THEY NEED IT? NOW!!
AB 194 (Reyes) Building Equitable Futures for Families Act needs your support.
There is currently a severe shortage of child care in California. Recent data shows that 1.8 million children are eligible for state-subsidized child care but do not receive it due to the lack of access in the state (California Budget & Policy Center; 2019). The shortage is most acute for our youngest children, ages zero to three, with less than 14% of infants and toddlers who qualify for subsidized child care actually receiving services. These large gaps in access mean that of our state's children are missing out on essential learning opportunities.
AB 194 invests $1 billion over three years to increase the number of subsidized child care slots for the highest need families in California, expanding access to the state's early childhood education (ECE) programs.
Click here to submit your support or letter directly to the committee. Click on the SUBMIT POSITION LETTER link then input AB 194.
If you would like to join onto the support letter being submitted by the following noted below, click here to send your logo:
- Monday, April 1, 2019
- ASM Rev & Tax (Burke, Chair) @ 1:30 pm
- Tuesday, April 2, 2019:
- SEN Housing (Weiner, Chair) @ 1:30 pm
- SEN Judiciary (Jackson, Chair) @ 1:30 pm
- ASM Higher Education (Medina, Chair) @ 1:30 pm
- AB 809 (Santiago) Public postsecondary education: child development programs: priority enrollment: Title IX protections: pregnancy and parental status
- Wednesday, April 3, 2019:
- SEN Governance & Finance (McGuire, Chair) @ 9pm
- ASM Labor & Employment (Kalra, Chair) @ 3pm
- AB 378 (Limon) Childcare: family childcare providers: bargaining representatives
- Monday, April 8, 2019:
- SEN Human Services (Hurtado, Chair) @ 3 pm
- Tuesday, April 9, 2019
- ASM Human Services (Reyes, Chair) 130 pm
- Tuesday, April 23, 2019:
- ASM Human Services (Reyes, Chair) 130pm
- Wednesday, April 24, 2019:
- ASM Insurance (Daly, Chair) 9am
- SEN Education (Leyva, Chair) 9am
- Wednesday, May 1, 2019:
- ASM Elections & Redistricting (Berman, Chair) 9am
- AB 220 (Bonta) Political Reform Act of 1974: campaign funds: childcare costs
to see all of the legislation identified of interest to our field. NOTE: Fact sheets are coming in that provide more details on legislation of importance to our field.
They too are posted here.
Each week we will profile a piece of legislation on our radar. Below are a couple highlights:
Early Care & Education Coalition Bill Package
- AB 124 (McCarty) creates preschool facilities school bond. Fact Sheet.
- AB 125 (McCarty) adopts a policy to begin the process of developing a single, regionalized reimbursement rate system. Fact Sheet.
- AB 194 (Gomez-Reyes) invests $1 billion dollars throughout five years to create additional child care slots. This funding will go towards Alternative Payment programs and General Child Care, which generally serve the vast majority of eligible infants and toddlers in the system and where the need is more dire. Fact Sheet. Support letter template.
- AB 324 (Aguiar-Curry) will require the development of guidelines for AB 212 programs based on a set of principles to ensure a standardized and effective AB 212 professional development and retention system. Fact Sheet.
- AB 452 (Mullin) would provide grant funding for program facilities to serve children from birth to age three. Fact Sheet.
SB 174 (Leyva) adopts a policy to begin the process of developing a single, regionalized reimbursement rate system. Fact Sheet.
Click here to see calendar of field events/interests and legislative hearings and deadlines. If you would like something added to the field calendar, click here and submit details.
PROFILED BILL OF THE WEEK
SB 321 ~ Senator Holly J. Mitchell
A Strong Start for CalWORKs Families Act
This bill will align the same 12 month continuity of care for families and children in CalWORKs Stage 1 as it currently exists in other parts of the child care subsidy system. This bill will also put in place a seamless transfer of families from Stage 1 to Stage 2.
SB 321 is set to be heard:
Click here for a template for a LETTER OF SUPPORT.
to see the Budget Trailer Bill Language (TBL) has been put forward on the following:
to view a field calendar that will include legislative and bill hearing dates. Below are scheduled budget hearings:
- April 3, 2019 ASM Budget Sub 1 @ 2:30 PM - DSS: CalWORKs & CalFRESH
- April 10, 2019 ASM Sub 1 @ 2:30 PM - DSS: Child Welfare Services/Foster Care, Community Care Licensing
- April 4, 2019 SEN Sub 3 @ 9:30 AM - DSS Community Care Licensing
- April 11, 2019 SEN Sub 3 @ 9:30 AM - DSS: CalWORKs, CalFRESH
- April 25, 2019 SEN Sub 1 @ 9:30 AM - CDE Child Care and Early Education, Special Education
- May 6, 2019 ASM Sub 1 @ 2:30 PM - OPEN ISSUES
- May 7, 2019 ASM Sub 2 @ 9:00 AM - OPEN ISSUES
- May 9, 2019 SEN Sub 1 @ 9:30 AM - OPEN ISSUES
- May 9, 2019 SEN Sub 3 @ 9:30 AM - OPEN ISSUES
Click here to read the ECE Coalition letter addressed to Assembly and Senate Budget Leaders.
Click here to read the End Child Poverty in California letter addressed to Assembly and Senate Budget Leaders.
Webinar Announcement: Program Self-Evaluation
The ELCD will host a webinar on
Wednesday, April 4, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., to provide instructions for submitting the fiscal year (FY) 2018-19 Program Self Evaluation (PSE).
The following documents will be referred to during the presentation:
- Management Bulletin 19-01
It is recommended to have printed copies for each participant to refer to during the presentation. It is not necessary to pre-register for this webinar.
Topic: Program Self Evaluation Webinar
Date and Time: April 4, 2019, 10:00 a.m.
Event number: 664 778 109
Event password: 163544
Event registration/address for attendees:
Topic: Program Self Evaluation Webinar
Date and Time: April 4, 2019, 1:30 p.m.
Event number: 667 791 071
Event password: 163545
Event registration/address for attendees:
TIP FOR ATTENDEES
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- Visit the test site at http://www.webex.com/test-meeting.html
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SAVE THE DATE-
Early Learning and Care Division
This notice informs ELCD contractors of key SAVE THE DATE Request for Applications (RFA) events for the following RFAs:
- The California State Preschool Program (CSPP) Expansion RFA will announce score notifications to applicants by mid-March 2019, and send out Proposed Award Letters in mid-May 2019. The program start date will be June 28, 2019. Please note this date has changed from previous years' start dates.
- The General Child Care and Development (CCTR) RFA will announce score notifications to applicants by mid-March 2019, and send out Proposes Award Letters in mid-May 2019. The program start date will be June 28, 2019. Please note this date has changed from previous years' start dates.
- For all other questions regarding the CSPP RFA, please send an email to CSPPRFA@cde.ca.gov.
- For all other questions regarding the CCTR RFA, please send an email to CCTRRFA@cde.ca.gov.
"Mayor London Breed Appoints Ingrid Mezquita to Serve as Director of the Office of Early Care and Education"
March 28, 2019
"San Francisco, CA - Mayor London N. Breed today appointed Ingrid Mezquita to serve as Director of the Office of Early Care and Education (OECE). In this role, Mezquita will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of OECE's work, including organizing funding, coordinating resouces, and administering programs to improve access to high quality care and education for children 0-5 years of age.
OECE is responsible for organizing local, state, and federal funding while administering and supporting programs to improve access to high quality care and education for children up to five years old. Additionally, the office is tasked with addressing the needs of early care and education work and building the capacity of the early care and education system. As one of the Departments within the San Francisco Human Services Agency (HSA), OECE connects families and children to HSA's larger network of supportive services dedicated to helping San Franciscans achieve their full potential through all stages of life."
To better support our field, CAPPA, in partnership with CDE, will be hosting one-day informational trainings for our field in Pomona and Sacramento!
These Statewide Meetings will bring our field together to share insights and experiences, explore ideas, shape policy, and discuss best practices.
The training in Pomona will have an additional track of workshops on Trauma and Resiliency, as space at that venue allows for that. The Sacramento training will just offer the CDE workshop track.
We hope you can join us!
April 3. 2019- Pomona - This Week!
April 23, 2019- Sacramento
Pomona Agenda will include topics on:
- Early Learning and Care Division Updates
- Trauma and Resilience
- Updated Review Guides
- 12-month Eligibility
- Fostering Resilience in Ourselves and the Families we Serve
Sacramento Agenda will include CDE topics on:
- Early Learning and Care Division Updates
- Updated Review Guides
- 12-month Eligibility
Thank you to our event sponsors!
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Network and CAPPA Joint Annual Conference 2019
October 2-4, 2019
DoubleTree Hotel Sacramento
The California Child Care Resource & Referral Network and the California Alternative Payment Program Association look forward to hosting our 7th 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.
Please see the
2019 Call for Presentations Document
for more information about this year's conference. At the bottom of this document you will also find the link to complete the online Call for Presentations. You can also
to be taken directly to the Call for Presentations application.
Workshop proposals are due Friday, April 26th.
Please share this Call for Presentations link with others you feel could present workshops which would be of benefit to conference attendees.
Recap from Policy Insights Conference
"Moving the Needle to Help Kids Thrive: Connections Between Policies That Address Child Poverty, Child Health and Development, and the Geography of Opportunity"
Speaker Panel featuring: Kim Pattillo Brownson (First 5 LA), Sara Kimberlin (CA Budget & Policy Center), Anya Lawler (Western Center on Law & Poverty), Frank Mecca (County Welfare Directors Association)
Link to presentation
Cradle to Career: How a Longitudinal Data System Can Support Children's Educational Success in California"
Speaker Panel featureing: Ben Chida (Office of Gov. Newson), Carlise King (Early Childhood Data Collaborative), Anita Larson (MN Dept. of Education), Marcy Lauk (Santa Clara County Office of Education), Emily Putnam-Hornstein (USC Children's Data Network)
Link to the Early Childhood Data Collaborative presentation here.
Link to the Santa Clara County Office of Education presentation
The Earned-Income Disregard Falls Short of Supporting Working Families in CalWORKs
The California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program provides modest cash assistance to about 755,000 low-income children and their families while helping parents overcome barriers to work and find jobs. Although Governor Gavin Newsom's 2019-20 state budget proposal includes new funding for CalWORKs grants, the declining value of the earned-income disregard (EID) would reduce the economic impact of these investments.
The EID allows families to continue to receive CalWORKs benefits even though they have earnings from a job - up to a certain limit. Yet
a new report
from State Policy Fellow Esi Hutchful shows that the value of the EID has not been changed in more than 20 years, leaving families with fewer resources to make ends meet in our state.
Not only has the EID not kept pace with inflation, but it has also fallen behind the state minimum wage. For example, in 1997-98, a parent working a minimum wage job earned $11,960 a year, well below the CalWORKs annualized income limit of $16,020. In 2019-20, that same parent would be ineligible for assistance because the CalWORKs annualized income limit of $23,772 would be below minimum wage earnings of $27,040 (or $13.00 an hour). In order to better reflect changes made to the state minimum wage and to keep up with the rising cost of goods and services, state policymakers should increase the EID.
Read the full report here.
The Insider's Report - March 2019
"44 Bills. 1 Goal. End Poverty in
Western Center's legislative advocacy victories generate real change for people living in poverty. As this legislative session begins, we are directly sponsoring or co-sponsoring 44 bills to address financial security, economic justice, human services, access to health care, and housing.
Western Center's ongoing efforts include improved access to food stamps for
Housing Opportunities Act
, which would ensure low-income renters are not discriminated against for using housing vouchers, improved care coordination for
mental health services
, and a number of initiatives that lessen or eliminate egregious
for low-income families.
Submit a Comment on SNAP Changes
-Chrisi West, Director of Advocacy
SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is a proven anti-hunger, anti-poverty program that helps young children and their parents, working adults, disabled individuals, and the elderly gain access to healthy food.
Currently, the federal government is seeking comments on a proposed rule that would drastically change the work requirements for SNAP and make it harder for people to access the program. The destabilizing effect of this proposed rule could harm over 750,000 people and cut $15 billion from SNAP.
We are calling on CCR&Rs and advocates to submit a comment to this proposed rule, telling the federal government you oppose this harmful change in policy.
STEP 1: Download template and edit with your own personal message and/or story.
STEP 2: Upload your comments to the Regulations.gov site by April 2 at 11:59 pm EST.
(If you have trouble downloading the templates,
send an email
and we will make sure you can access them in a different format.)
Comments are due April 2, 2019 and we strongly encourage you write to the USDA with your thoughts.
Thanks for all you do for children and families!
Director of Advocacy
Can We Rewrite the History of Undervaluing Child Care Workers
Child care workers are responsible for providing safe, nurturing environments for children while parents work or go to school. Despite the importance of their work, child care workers are too often underpaid and stressed, affecting their ability to support their own families and to provide quality care to the children they serve.
Typical wages for child care workers are less than $11 an hour
- pay that leaves more than one in six women who are child care workers living below the poverty line. Poverty rates are even higher for women of color in the child care workforce, especially those who are supporting children of their own. In one survey of early childhood teaching staff, nearly three-quarters expressed worry about having enough money to pay their bills, while almost half said they were
worried about having enough food for their families
. Low wages also make it challenging for child care providers to recruit and retain quality workers, undermining the stability and quality of care."