April 2019 Featured Agency
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.
**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
April 3, 2019
March 18, 2019
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.
NOTE: If you would like to share your newsletter or items of interest with our field via the Monday morning e-Newsletter, then please
a link. Please make sure that you have a link included to an online version or viewing.
Become a Monday
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
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 DO WORKING FAMILIES NEED?
WHEN DO THEY NEED IT? NOW!!
AB 194 (Reyes) Building Equitable Futures for Families Act needs your support. Please consider addition your support to the coalition of supporters noted below.
AB 194 passed by a vote of 8-0 from the ASM Human Services Committee and now will be heard in the ASM Appropriations Committee.
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.
If you would like to join onto the support letter being submitted by the following noted below, click here to send your logo:
NOTE: THE LEGISLATURE HAS ADJOURNED UNTIL MONDAY APRIL 22, 2019.
- Monday, April 22, 2019:
- SEN Appropriations (Portantino, Chair) 10am
- SEN Human Services (Hurtado, Chair) 300pm
- Tuesday, April 23, 2019:
- ASM Judiciary (Stone, Chair) 800am
- AB 378 (Limon) Childcare: family childcare providers: bargaining representative
- SEN Governmental Organization (Dodd, Chair) 930am
- Wednesday, April 24, 2019:
- ASM Insurance (Daly, Chair) 9am
- SEN Education (Leyva, Chair) 9am
- SEN Environmental Quality (Allen, Chair) 9am
- SEN Governance and Finance (McGuire, Chair) 9am
- ASM Housing and Community Development (Chiu, Chair) 915am
- ASM Education (O'Donnell, Chair) 130pm
- AB 123 (McCarty) Early childhood education: state preschool program: transitional kindergarten: access: standards
- AB 167 (Rubio) Childcare and development services: infants and toddlers: state funding
- AB 1001 (Ting) Childcare: local planning councils
- AB 1172 (Frazier) Special education: nonpublic, nonsectarian schools or agencies
- Monday, April 29, 2019:
- ASM Revenue and Taxation (Burke, Chair) 230pm
- 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 234 ~ Senator Nancy Skinner
Keep Kids Close to Home Act
This bill recognizes that large family daycare homes operate out of residential areas and should be taxed as such. SB 234 will level the playing field of large family daycare homes in regards to how small family daycare homes are operating, so that they can continue to offer early education to children and support working families.
SB 234 is set to be heard:
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 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.
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.
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 23, 2019- Sacramento
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!
Interested in sponsoring these events?
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.
High Cost of Childcare Underscores the Need for Supporting Families With Children of All Ages
"Without access to affordable child care, parents may struggle to find and keep jobs or to go to school. Unfortunately, California ranks as one of the least affordable states in the nation based on the cost of child care.
Statewide, the median annual cost of care for an infant in a licensed child care center is over $15,000. In a family with two working parents earning low wages, each parent would have to work 147 hours
to avoid paying more than the federally recommended 7% of income on the cost of child care for their infant.
The annual cost of care in a licensed center for older children is also out of reach for many families - $10,200 for a preschool-age child and $5,800 for a school-age child. While prices may be lower with a licensed home-based provider, this option is still prohibitively expensive for families who are struggling to cover basic expenses."
Subsidized Child Care Can Help Reduce Barriers to Success for Children of Color, but Few Receive It in California
"Children of color are more likely than white children to live in poverty in California, largely due to a legacy of racist policies and practices and ongoing discrimination.
These persistent inequities have limited opportunity and economic mobility for many families of color.
Living in poverty increases the odds that children will experience hardships that adversely affect their development, health, and well-being.
California's subsidized child care and development programs aim to mitigate the effects of poverty by boosting families' economic security and supporting child development. Because children of color are more likely to live in families with low incomes, they are disproportionately eligible for child care and development programs. In California, children of color make up nearly 74.7% of all children ages 12 and under, but comprise 86.1% of children eligible for subsidized care. This gap is widest for Latinx children (52.3% of the 12-and-under population, compared to 68.1% of children eligible for care)."
A Plan to Expand Tax Credits, Lifting Several Million Out of Poverty
Darrel Thompson & Carrie Welton
"The U.S. tax code is the single largest way the government supports wealth and asset building. However, a
of federal tax benefits is funneled to
wealthy, White households
that own homes and businesses and have savings and investment accounts. The Working Families Tax Relief Act (WFTRA), introduced by Senators Sherrod Brown (OH), Michael Bennet (CO), Dick Durbin (IL), and Ron Wyden (OR), strengthens the
Earned Income Tax Credit
Child Tax Credit
(CTC), recognizing the importance of tax policy in promoting economic mobility. If enacted, the Act's changes would raise the incomes of
46 million households
The EITC is a refundable tax credit for low- and moderate-income earners that provides income and supports work. The CTC is a partially refundable tax credit that helps working families with the cost of raising children and is worth up to $2,000 per eligible child (under age 17). The EITC and CTC have positive effects on health, asset building and savings, and educational achievement in children. For instance, credits as little as $1,000
have been shown
to improve children's test scores and increase the likelihood of those children attending college and earning high wages as adults.
In conjunction with the CTC, the EITC lifted
Americans out of poverty in 2017-including 4.8 million children-and reduced the depth of poverty for an additional 7.7 million people. Nevertheless, one of the EITC's biggest flaws is the paltry credit it provides to adults who are not raising children, which is too small to offset childless workers' tax liability. As a result, the tax code essentially taxes some of these workers into poverty-even after they receive the EITC. The WFTRA addresses this concern by expanding the EITC for childless workers by raising the maximum credit from $529 to $2,074 and expanding the age range from age 25-64 to 19-67...."
Health Resource Spotlight: Family Child Care
April 10, 2019 | by Laurie Rackas
Resources to Build and Retain the FCC Workforce
Across the nation, the supply of family child care providers is declining. What can be done to retain existing FCC providers, and attract new providers?
FCC providers may face challenges that center-based providers don't, including a sense of isolation, long workdays, a lack of support staff, and less business expertise. Stakeholders need to understand these issues so they can develop ways to support and increase the success and stability of FCC providers. The ECTTAS site has a collection of online tools and written products specific to FCC settings.
Online tools include a:
- QRIS Resource Guide to help states and communities explore key issues as they planning and implement a quality rating and improvement system (QRIS). The "search" function allows users to identify topics that are specific to FCC, such as participation, standards, and use of assessment tools.
- Provider Cost of Quality Calculator (PCQC), which calculates the cost of care based on provider data for FCC homes and centers. The tool can help state policymakers, child care providers, and other stakeholders understand the costs associated with delivering high-quality care. It can also show whether there is a gap between a program's cost of care and the revenue sources available to support the program.
- Data Explorer and State Profiles, a database that allows users to search for information about various early care and education topics, including FCC demographic information, data on licensing requirements, program quality improvement activities, and professional development and workforce initiatives.
In addition to the online tools, the
National Resources about Family Child Care
webpage has links to nearly two dozen other reports, fact sheets and webinars on the following topics:
- Supporting access to high-quality FCC
- Staffed FCC networks
- State policies that support the business practices of child care providers
- Trends in licensing regulations and policies for FCC homes
- License-exempt FCC
- The demographics of home-based ECE providers
- Supports for improving access to and sustainability of FCC
- Supports for FCC providers who serve infants and toddlers
- Compliance with health and safety requirements
Senate Budget Committee Passes FY2020 Resolution; House to Focus on Spending Cap
On March 28, the Senate Budget Committee passed its resolution that would cut nondefense discretionary funding by $55 billion in FY2020 and would not raise the spending caps. It would also reduce mandatory spending by $551 billion over the next five years, possibly impacting programs like Medicaid and SNAP. It's unclear when, or if, this resolution will move to the Senate floor.
The House will forgo a budget resolution this year, and instead, push a spending cap proposal. The House could vote on this legislation this week.