"Children Learning, Parents Earning, Communities Growing"
Issue #15                                                        April 13, 2020
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April 2020 Featured Agency of the Month

Training, Employment and Community Help, Inc. (T.E.A.C.H., Inc.) was established in 1983 as a non-profit 501(c)3, and is the only diverse, multi-program community based non-profit in Modoc County.  T.E.A.C.H. is dedicated to assisting and empowering individuals and families to improve their quality of life and self-sufficiency.
T.E.A.C.H. administers approximately 58 grants from agencies such as the California Department of Education, Department of Community Services and Development, Cal-OES, The California Judicial Council, California Department of Health Services and the County of Modoc.  Programs administered include: subsidized child care, domestic violence and sexual assault victim services, Center based child care centers, Senior nutrition programs (congregate & home bound) Adult Education,  Modoc Foster Family Agency and housing programs.

CAPPA Member Only Benefits
CAPPA Member Benefits now available on the Members Only website: 


COVID-19 Weekly Video Call:
Our commitment to you is to have scheduled at least once per week a call wherein we can all connect.  As questions arise, forward them to CAPPA so that we can address them on these calls.  Look for a weekly email to register. Recording and Q&A will also be posted on the Member's Only page. 

Best Practices
CAPPA has been working on Best Practices and policies to support you during this challenging time.
Visit the Member's Only website to view today!


Sample of webinars available on the Member's only website:

Visit the  CAPPA Member's Only website  for more information on this webinar series and other benefits available to CAPPA Members.  
 
CAPPA's 
2019-20 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

Members-at-Large
Gina Fromer
Children's Council  of San Francisco 

Darrell Hills
Crystal Stairs, Inc. 

Tina Barna
Choices for Children

Abby Shull
YMCA Childcare Resource Service 
 
Leslie Reece
Family Resource & Referral of San Joaquin County

Jeanne Fridolfs
Napa County Office of Education

Mike Michelon
Siskiyou Child Care Council

Marco Jimenez
Central Valley Children's Services Network

Jasmine Tijerino

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

Joie Owen
Glenn County Office of Education

Denyne Micheletti Colburn
CAPPA CEO
ELCD/CDE, DSS & CCLD Updates
February 28, 2020
Guidelines for Early Learning in Child Care Home Settings Video Series
February 28, 2020
The Alignment of the California Preschool Learning Foundations with Key Early Education Resources, Second Edition
February 20, 2020
Family Childcare Providers: Collective Bargaining; Additional Data Elements to be Reported
January 30, 2020
January 2, 2020
California State Preschool Program (CSPP) Free or Reduced-Price Meal Eligibility Criteria to Enroll Four-Year-Olds
December 10, 2019
November 6, 2019
FY 2019-20 RFA for CSPP Expansion Funds
November 5, 2019
FY 2019-20 RFA for CCTR Expansion Funds
October 14, 2019
15-day comment period is now closed.
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 Subsidy Coordinator
The Resource Connection
Colusa County Office of Education

Director of Alternative Payment Programs
Hively (Formerly Child Care Links) Alameda County

International Institute Los Angeles

Manager Early Childhood Special Education
Napa County Office of Education
Children's Council San Francisco  
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.
NOTE: If you would like to share your newsletter or items of interest with our field via the Monday morning e-Newsletter, then please  email us  a link.  Please make sure that you have a link included to an online version or viewing.
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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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You can also make a donation to CAPPA and CAPPA Children's Foundation 
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Of Interest
Coronavirus - Information & resources for our field

CAPPA is supporting our field with coordinated information for all to use here. If you have a resource to share and or a question, email.


Funding is finally on its way! 
On Friday, April 10, Governor Newsom announced $100 million in emergency funding to support the child care field during the COVID-19 crisis. $50 million of this can be accessed for cleaning and sanitation, and the other $50 million will be used fund emergency child care vouchers to serve the essential workforce. This $50 million in emergency voucher funding should open 50,000 slots for essential workers - or about 20,000 per month - between now and June 30, 2020. This is an step in supporting families needs during this challenging time! 
 
We do want to underscore that the healthcare workforce alone represents approximately 460,000 workers-- which represents only 7 out of the 26 essential workforce categories as defined in Governor Newsom's Executive Order. This leaves tens of thousands - perhaps hundreds of thousands - of additional essential workforce families who may require child care to perform their front line duties. 
 
What does this mean? This is a great start, but we can't stop yet! We need to ensure that funding continues to get funneled directly into providing care for those risking their health for our state, and we are committed to do working to advocate on behalf of all working families who need child care. 

Late Saturday,  Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order that will facilitate child care for children of essential critical infrastructure workers by allowing the California Department of Education and California Department of Social Services the flexibility to waive certain programmatic and administrative requirements in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The waivers will focus on current eligibility and enrollment priorities that prevent child care and afterschool programs from serving children of essential infrastructure workers. The waiver will allow eligibility for child care to prioritize essential workers, including health care professionals, emergency response personnel, law enforcement, and grocery workers.

Additionally, the order states that the Department of Education and the Department of Social Services shall jointly develop and issue guidance on how the essential worker prioritization will roll out, as well as guidance on how child care programs and providers can safely provide care. This guidance will be issued no later than April 7, 2020.

Priority for abused and neglected children will not be impacted.
The order also allows the state to take advantage of new federal flexibility to provide pandemic Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to children. Specifically, the California Department of Social Services and the California Department of Education will share data and information to identify students who may be eligible for the pandemic SNAP benefit, to reduce food insecurity and ensure children receive nutritious meals at low or no cost.

A copy of the Governor's executive order can be found  here and the text can be found here.
An uplifting way to start the week, for those of us who need a break from the chaos that is our lives.

During this time where we are all stressed, it would be great to celebrate the positive.  Each week we will celebrate  everyday heroes, inspiring movements and great things happening in our field. 

Hively partnered with a local restaurant in Pleasanton,  SideTrack Bar + Grill,  to provide groceries to their community, thanks to their Hively Heroes that donated to their COVID-19 Emergency Fund. Hively was able to sponsor 50 families in their community and deliver groceries right to their door! 

 

Let us know
 
what your organization is doing, we would love to feature you in the coming weeks!
2020-21 California State Budget
UPCOMING BUDGET HEARINGS

UPDATE April 3, 2020: The Legislature has postponed their recess and is set to reconvene on May 4, 2020, pending a further extension. 

EMERGENCY COVID-19 FUNDING LEGISLATION
On March 17, 2020, the Legislature passed urgency legislation related  to  COVID-19 emergency response funding. These included: 
  • SB 117 by the Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review - Education finance: average daily attendance and timeline waivers: protective equipment and cleaning appropriation: COVID-19.
    • Provides relief to school districts, boards of education, and child care centers including: 
      • Provides $100 million for Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and child care centers located with LEAs to purchase protective equipment and cleaning supplies in response to the COVID-19 crisis. 
      • Waives attendance and reporting requirements for state subsidized child care programs, including CalWorks, Alternative Payment Programs, general childcare, and the State Preschool Program. 
      • The full bill text can be found here. 
  • SB 89 
    by the Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review - Budget Act of 2019.
    • Provides relief to small businesses and non-profits impacted by COVID-19, starting at $500 million with potential to go to $1 billion. 
What's Happening
California 

In the CAPPA Monday Morning Update, we will highlight a few of the bills identified as relevant to our field and/or to the families and children we serve.   To see the more expansive listing of bills, click here where there are links to all of the bill along with  factsheets and sample letters if available. If there is a piece of legislation that you would like to have noted for our field, please  email .   Upcoming dates to be aware:

UPDATE April 3, 2020: The Legislature has extended their recess with a new date to return set for May 4, 2020. There will be no legislative or budget hearings during this time. At this point, we do not know what the impact of COVID-19 on active legislation will be, and we will update the field as we hear more. 
 
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.
COVID-19 Community Resources 
COVID-19 CAPPA & Community Resources 
During California's Declared State of Emergency, we will be highlighting resources to support you in your work.

Please visit CAPPA's COVID-19 Response Page found at  https://www.cappaonline.com/cde-dss . We are updating this page daily with breaking news, guidance from CDE, DSS, and the Governor, as well as ongoing questions and answers to questions from the field. 

We are also featuring community online resources for parents and providers on our new resource page, found at  https://www.cappaonline.com/covid-19-resources.
 
Information from the Governor's office can be found at  www.COVID19.ca.gov

Additionally, we encourage you to explore community resources from our partners that have been put together to support the field as we navigate this unprecedented crisis together. 



Check out this great policy  resource from our friends at the Child Care Resource Center! 
Check out our website: https://www.cappaonline.com/covid-19-resources   for additional community resources. 

Do you have a resource page you would like to share? Email it to   CAPPA 
to be included in next week's newsletter! 
2020-21 Federal Budget & Policy Updates

Federal  
Below is the first page of a four page document. Click here to read the full document.

Upcoming CAPPA Events
Network and CAPPA Joint Annual Conference 2020
September 16-18, 2020
DoubleTree Hotel Sacramento
Sacramento, CA
We find ourselves in a surreal place in our lives - at work and at home. We never thought at the start of the year that this is where we'd find ourselves in April. And, while we don't know exactly where we'll be in September when the Joint Network/CAPPA Conference is scheduled, it is with hope and perseverance, that we are continuing on our mission to plan this year's conference. As the world evolves over the next few months, and we all strive to navigate the changing landscape, the plans for the Joint Conference will also move forward and evolve.

To be prepared in the event that we are all able to join together at the DoubleTree Hotel in Sacramento, September 16 - 18, 2020, we have decided to move forward as usual with the planning process for the Joint Network/CAPPA Conference. 

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.

Visit the Conference Web page   for more information.

Please see the  2020 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  Click Here  to be taken directly to the Call for Presentations application.

Workshop proposals are due Monday, April 27th.
Please share this Call for Presentations link with others you feel could present workshops which would be of benefit to conference attendees.
Thank you!

CDE Information & Updates
Management Bulletin 20-06: COVID-19 Guidance regarding Emergency Childcare Services for Essential Workers and At-Risk Populations
Number: 20-06
Date: April 2020
Expires: June 30, 2020, or until the State of Emergency has ended, whichever occurs first
Authority: Senate Bill 117 (Chapter 3, Statutes of 2020); Executive Order N-33-20; Executive Order N-45-20, Executive Order N-47-20; Welfare and Institutions Code Section 11461.6
Attention: Executive Directions and Program Directors of All Early Learning and Care Programs
Purpose:
This Management Bulletin (MB) is to provide guidance to state-subsidized early learning and care (ELC) programs that will continue to provide services to currently-enrolled families or begin to provide, what the California Department of Education (CDE) refers to as, "Emergency Childcare" for essential workers and other populations designated below after the signing of Executive Orders (EO) N-33-20, EO N-45-20, and EO N-47-20.
These are not permanent changes to statute or regulations. These requirements pertaining to enrollment of Emergency Childcare will be in effect through June 30, 2020, or until the State of Emergency has ended, whichever occurs first, unless rescinded sooner or extended by the Legislature or any future EO. All provisions in this MB where June 30, 2020, is referenced as the sunset date are in effect until then, unless this MB is extended, rescinded sooner, or the State of Emergency has ended. As the situation evolves and more information is available, the CDE will issue additional guidance.
The CDE is working with the Administration to identify additional funding to support increased subsidized access to Emergency Childcare.
Read more here.

Implementation of CDE Contracts Office Electronic Signature Process
 
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CDE Contracts Office has implemented an e-Signature process effective April 2, 2020, for new child care and development contracts and amendments. The initial process will allow contractors that have Adobe Acrobat to digitally sign and submit contracts electronically (must use Adobe digital signature feature).
 
Please note: For contractors that have a pending contract or contract amendment and are unable to physically return the contract with a wet ink signature, please send your request for a contract with the digital signature feature to ChildDevelopmentContracts@cde.ca.gov. The e-Signature option requires the use of Adobe Acrobat. Future developments with e-Signature capabilities will be announced.
Partner Updates
New Research Briefs About Trends in Child Care Licensing Requirements and Policies for 2017
The   National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance (ECQA Center) is pleased to announce the publication of three research briefs ofindings and trends from the 2017 Child Care Licensing Study :
The data presented in these briefs were collected from state child care licensing regulations  that were in effect as of December 21, 2017, and from responses to the National Association for Regulatory Administration's 2017 survey of state licensing agencies from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Click here to read more.
Interesting Reads
California eases child care regulations for critical workers
Californians struggling to juggle going to work at hospitals, fire stations and grocery stores while worrying about child care are the intended beneficiaries of a new executive order Gov. Gavin Newsom signed over the weekend.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the order will allow state agencies to waive regulations, offer state-subsidized child care and placement priority to parents deemed essential workers, and allow some after-school child care options to be open during what used to be regular school hours.

Click here to read full article via Cal Matters.

Half billion more people face poverty due to virus
LONDON (AP) - Around half a billion people could be pushed into poverty as a result of the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic unless richer countries take "urgent action" to help developing nations, a leading aid organization warned Thursday.
In the run-up to three key international economic meetings next week, Oxfam has urged richer countries to step up their efforts to help the developing world. Failing to do so, it added, could set back the fight against poverty by a decade and by as much as 30 years in some areas, including Africa and the Middle East.

 Click here  to read full article via AP News.