"Children Learning, Parents Earning, Communities Growing"
Issue #14                                                               April 2, 2018 
CAPPA is pleased to continue our monthly "Featured Agency" segment to 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!  
April 2018 Featured Agency of the Month
Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County, Inc.
The Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County, Inc. (CAPSLO), established in 1965, is in a nonprofit corporation committed to eliminating the causes of poverty by empowering low-income individuals and families to achieve self-sufficiency through a wide array of community-based collaborations and programs. 

In 1978, CAPLSO established the Child Care Resource Connection (CCRC) which serves as the designated Resource & Referral and Alternative Payment Programs for San Luis Obispo County. CCRC is committed to increasing access to quality care through child care subsidies for eligible low income families, training for quality care through child care subsidies for eligible low income families, trainin g for quality, resource navigation, and partnership.

Our Alternative Payment Program includes CAPP and CalWORKs Stages 1,2, and 3. We were able to provide child care to 1,426 low income children last fiscal year. A unique service we provide to our families is an Outstation staff person located at each of our five Department of Social Services (DSS) offices. These Outstation staff conduct all child care intake for our CalWORKs Stage 1 & 2 families, assist with child care program transfers, provide child care referrals, act as a liaison between the DSS staff and our CCRC staff act as a child care expert to the community.
  • Through the Emergency Child Care Bridge Program we provide child care navigation for Resource Families, subsidized child care, and trauma-informed care training and coaching for child care providers.
  • The Resource & Referral Program maintains and shares county-wide data on the supply, demand, and characteristics of child care and provides child care planning assistance, resource, and referral services.
  • Resource & Referral Programs work in partnership to assure child safety and quality improvement through training, mentoring, coaching, assessment, consultation, resource distribution and service referrals. Our Toy and resource Lending Library includes die cut and lamination services.
  • Our Child Care Food Program promotes quality meal service to children in family child care.
  • CCRC is co-located with, and serves as the fiscal agent for, the Local Child Care Planning Council, which serves as the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) Consortium Lead. 
* Big THANK YOU to Mika Buchanan for the submission
Quick Links
CAPPA's
2017-18 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 
 
Amanda Al Fartosi
KinderCare Education

Jeanne Fridolfs
Community Resources for Children
 
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
March 28, 2018
The EESD will host a webinar for CDE, EESD contractors on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 9:30am on the Program Self-Evaluation (PSE). Access the webinar 
March 14, 2018
The CDE Child Development Contracts office will begin e-mail distribution of fiscal year (FY) 2018-19 child
development contracts on May  21 , 2018.
February 12, 2018
Bridge Program Monthly Technical Assistance Calls
DSS will be hosting technical assistance calls on the last Tuesday of each month from 1-2 pm, beginning in February.  These calls will provide opportunities for counties to share best practices and challenges as they implement the Bridge Program. CDSS staff will also be available to answer questions and address concerns. If you have specific questions or suggestions for topics in advance of the calls, please send them to
January 25, 2018
A manual letter
(
EAS-18-03
)
containing amendments to the California Department of Social Services' Eligibility and Assistance Manual has been uploaded onto the Department's website.   
January 20, 2018
A manuel letter containing revisions CDSS' Eligibility and Assistance Standards Manual has been uploaded onto the Departments' website. Click here
 for more information.
  
Job Openings

Is Your Organization Hiring?
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Non-members will be charged a fee of $75.
Please email us your posting!

Go Kids, Inc., Gilroy

Pomona Unified School District- Child Development 
Children's Council San Francisco
Solano Family & Children's Services 
UC Berkeley
North Coast Opportunities-Lake County
Child Care Coordinating Council, Inc. of San Mateo County 

Child Development Inc. is Hiring! See the Recruitment Flyer 
Here.
Announcements
CAPPA Member Benefits now available on the Members Only website:
*BRAND NEW! 
CAPPA is excited to announce that our brand new CAPPA Community Forum is now ready! This Forum is an integrated discussion board and will allow members to engage in online discussion, subscribe to your favorite topics, get your questions answered and upload your agency forms- Find answers, stay informed, and make connections!
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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.
CAPPA Monday Morning Update Partner






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 
HERE. 

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's Happening
California 
State Legislation 
The California Senate and Assembly return from Spring Recess this week. Floor sessions will convene on Monday and Thursday this week. 
 
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. You can find fact sheets and sample letter templates when available. On this page, CAPPA will also note legislative hearings of interest to our field.  To track and/or review legislation or to create your own tracking list,  click here.  

Here is a small sample of bills that have been identified as being of interest to the child care and early education field. You can find a more expansive list on our website
For child care and early education, our need and our ask is quite simple... 

WHAT DO WE WANT...
$1 BILLION FOR BABIES!!
100,000 CHILD CARE SLOTS!!!
WHEN DO WE NEED THEM...NOW!!!
  • Parents need access to 24 hour/7 days per week affordable child care options that meet the demands of full time employment.
  • Children need stable and enriching child care settings to attain greater educational outcomes.
  • Child care providers and teachers need to be reimbursed livable rates that value their profession and economic contributions.
  • Employers need a reliable workforce.
Click here to read CAPPA Policy Principles & Goals: Partnering in 2017-18.   To help support a coordinated ask from our field, CAPPA will contribute to the development of talking papers, sign on communications, and more.   The more coordinated we are in our asks and priorities, the better the outcomes for families and children.

State Budget Update
will be available to CAPPA Members and subscribers only.  On this new and improved webpage, CAPPA will begin hosting enhanced budget information and strategic communications.  Annual subscriptions will be available to non-members for $50/year. 

Upcoming Budget Hearings on Child Care and Early Education:
  • THIS WEEK! April 5, 2018: Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 1 on Education and No. 3 on Human Services; SEN Portantino and SEN Pan, Chairs; 9:30am or upon adjournment of Session, Room 4203. Agenda to include: Child Care and Early Learning
FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION ON THE BUDGET, VISIT OR SUBSCRIBE TO OUR BUDGET WEBPAGE.

A Call to Action from our Partners
TrustLine Modernization AB 2702 (McCarty): A Message from California Child Care Resource & Referral
  
As you know,  c urrently, in order for people who are not paid through state and federal subsidy dollars to apply for the TrustLine Registry, they must submit a paper application and a check or money order to California Department of Social Services. The time it takes for the paper application to travel via mail to Sacramento, and the time it takes to process the application at CDSS creates delays that can allow individuals with criminal or child abuse histories to provide care for children as businesses await the results, postpones the hiring of staff, and delays individuals from being paid.  Further, results of the background check are sent via mail.  

It's past time to bring TrustLine into the computer age! 

AB 2702 will require that all organizations required to utilize TrustLine have online access to the CDSS web-based TrustLine application, and that all consumers can confirm an applicant's TrustLine status by searching the TrustLine Registry using the CDSS website.

AB 2702 would modernize the process by:
1. Expanding the existing on-line TrustLine web-based application process to include all agencies required to use TrustLine.
2. Enabling the CDSS Web site to allow consumers to confirm the registration status of TrustLine applicants.  Currently CDSS provides this service for the Home Care Aide Registry applicants and consumers established via Health and Safety Code 1796.29.
Planned amendments will include allowing online payments and requiring the state to select a Livescan vendor.
 
AB 2702 will be heard in Assembly Human Services Committee on Tuesday, April 10th. Please submit your letters of support  today! The deadline for letters is April 4th by 5pm. 

Email Keisha Nzewi for more information!  
State Partner Updates
Release of Child360 Early Learning Policy Report
 

At Child360 , we know that early learning policy and advocacy efforts are most
effective when informed by the perspectives of practitioners and by data on the needs of the field. In Fall 2017, we surveyed a multitude of Los Angeles-based ECE providers and district administrators about how recent state policy and budget changes have impacted their programs, which strategies have proven effective in building strong relationships with families, and what challenges ECE programs and staff are currently facing.
 
Our policy report analyzes the information obtained from over 100 early learning practitioners, identifies policy and budget implications, and provides recommendations for future research. We hope that the report will help early learning advocates and policymakers in their efforts to elevate the early care and education field.
You are making a difference! Your voice helped win the largest-single-increase in federal funding - five billion dollars over two years - to help families have quality affordable child care.
Congress has passed, and the president has signed, the spending bill for 2018.  About $250 million of the new CCDBG funds will help California - meaning financial assistance for thousands of families, and resources to improve quality for children.    

However, even with new federal funds, six out of seven kids are on waiting lists for quality affordable child care. You can help us win additional child care funds in the California state budget. To find out how, see our Budget Advocacy page.  

Both Proposition C  in San Francisco and Measure A  in Alameda County will target child care funding to address the child care crisis - affordability for parents, and quality for child care providers. Our champion in Congress, Senator Patty Murray, recognizes the child care crisis and is championing the  Child Care For Working Families Act.


Looking forward -
Kim Kruckel, Executive Director
CalWORKs Grants Continue to Fall Short as Rents Keep Rising
The CalWORKs program, which provides modest cash assistance to well over 800,000 low-income children while helping parents overcome barriers to employment and find jobs, is a critical support for many California families. In a prior Budget Center analysis, CalWORKs Grants Are Overdue for a Significant Investment , we showed that under Governor Brown's proposed 2018-19 budget, CalWORKs grants would remain below the deep-poverty threshold (50% of the federal poverty line) for the 11th straight year.

A new Budget Center report looks at CalWORKs cash assistance in the context of rising housing costs in our state and shows that CalWORKs grants currently fall short of allowing families to afford a basic standard of living. This analysis finds that regardless of where families live in California, the typical monthly rent far exceeds monthly CalWORKs grants. Further, this gap is especially wide in high-cost counties. In these areas, the maximum monthly CalWORKs grant in 2018 for a parent with two children falls $944 short of covering the monthly cost of a two-bedroom rental, more than double the gap of $457 in 2006.

   
This new analysis also highlights the serious harm to children that comes from families not having access to stable housing, in terms of poor health, behavior problems, and difficulty learning.

This report includes a set of recommendations for how state policymakers can help families participating in CalWORKs to better afford stable housing. These include increasing CalWORKs grants, restoring the annual state cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for these grants, and strengthening housing and homelessness assistance provided through CalWORKs. The analysis also points to the need for federal policymakers to boost support for rental assistance, in particular through the Housing Choice Voucher program.

Federal
Breaking: House Passes Historic Increase in Child Care Funding 

The FY 2018 omnibus spending bill, passed by the U.S. House of Representatives today (3/22/18), includes the largest-ever single-year increase in federal funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG).  The bill increases CCDBG funding by $2.4 billion, which will give states the resources they need to implement the 2014 child care reauthorization, expand investments in quality, and increase access to child care assistance for more than 151,000 additional children, according to CLASP analysis.

The new funds present an important opportunity for advocates. CLASP and the National Women's Law Center are sponsoring a conference call for advocates on April 5 at 3:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. PT focused on state implementation strategies for this significant increase. We will answer your questions about the mechanics of this funding and discuss strategic approaches for this new investment. To join the call, dial: 1-877-273-4202, and enter passcode 3809834. If you have specific questions you'd like addressed on the call, please email them to Jessica (jchurch@nwlc.org). 

NOTE:  On page 949 of the federal spending bill is the funding for "carrying out the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990 (CCDBG Act") $5,226,000,000 shall be used to supplement, not supplant State general revenue funds for child care assistance for low-income families". The House has passed the bill and it is pending the Senate. For California, that will mean and additional $252,727,000 funding increase for an additional 11,770 child care slots. 

To see the state-by-state impact of this increase in funding, see
Of Interest
Upcoming CAPPA Events 

CAPPA Insights and Advocacy: Members Only Conference Calls
April 11, 2018
11:00am - 11:40am
in partnership with:

Topic: Federal Update & Child Care and Development Block Grant Update
Presented by: Jay Nichols, Director, Federal Policy and Governmental Affairs, Child Care Aware of America

Join us for an ALL NEW Insights and Advocacy Conference Call. 

 

Topics will vary from month to month and will include: relevant legislation, budget updates, caucus priorities, reports from policy experts and more.  The purpose of these calls is to share information that is relevant to our field to our members. 

 

For this call, we are so pleased to have Jay Nichols from Child Care Aware join us. Jay will be providing us with a federal update, focusing on the Federal Budget and the Child Care and Development Block Grant. In addition, Jay will also give us more information on how Child Care Aware plays a large role in advocating at a federal level. Don't miss this exciting opportunity! 

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!


CAPPA Statewide Meeting-in partnership with CDE-Locations in the North and South!
This Thursday!!
April 5, 2018
Pomona Unified School District
1460 E. Holt Avenue 
Pomona, CA 91767
Entrance 3 
9:30am-2:30pm
June 21, 2018
University of Phoenix
2860 Gateway Oaks Drive
Bldg. B, Ste. 100
Sacramento CA  95833
Classrooms 121/122/123 
9:30am-2:30pm
To better support our field, CAPPA, in partnership with CDE, will be hosting TWO, informational trainings for our field in both Pomona and in Sacramento!  
These Statewide Meetings will bring our field together to share insights and experiences, explore ideas, shape policy, and discuss best practices.
Both locations will offer the same format, agenda and presentations. We hope you can join us!

Agenda:
9:00am
Registration
9:30am-11:00am
Improper Payment Elimination and Recovery Act Results
The purpose of this informational session is to present information and results regarding the Improper Payments and Elimination Recovery Act (IPERA) review for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2015-16.
11:00am-12:30pm
Overview of the Alternative Payment, CalWORKs Child Care and Family Child Care Home Education Networks Review Guide
This workshop presents an overview of the Alternative Payment review guide and provides clear written information that will be used in Alternative Payment monitoring reviews.
12:30pm
Lunch
1:00pm-2:30pm
Attendance Recording, Reporting and Provider Payments (Alternative Payment Programs)
This workshop presents an overview of the changes to attendance reporting as prescribed in AB 274. It will provide information on provider payment requirements and parent and provider responsibilities for attendance recording for reimbursements, proration, monthly maximums, provider examples of actual calculations and how to deal with oddities like if hourly rates exceed daily rates.

A BIG Thank you to our event partners!


 

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We look forward to seeing you!
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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. 
CAPPA Children's Foundation, in partnership with MCT  Technology, brings you an ALL NEW Series of trainings, all for one low price per center or program location. 
View the webinar series and be connected without ever leaving your location. This is a fabulous opportunity to train staff, providers and the community on the most requested child care topics for 2018 at an affordable price in an incredibly convenient format. 

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.