"Children Learning, Parents Earning, Communities Growing"
Issue #14                                                        April 6, 2020
CAPPA's monthly "Featured Agency" segment will continue for 2020, highlighting the 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 2020 Featured Agency of the Month
Training, Employment & Community Help, Inc.

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. More about our programs:
  • Emergency Services: Emergency services such as Homeless Assistance, Food Bank and Transportation are available based on individual needs and availability of funds.
  • Child Care Resources: Modoc Resource and Referral has the help for your childcare needs. If you are looking for a childcare provider or would like to become a care provide we can help. We can provide you with a list of licensed providers, or assist you with the steps needed to use an exempt provider, you may even qualify for assistance to help pay for your childcare.
    For those interested in becoming a child care provider we will help you with the licensing process. We also provide an opportunity for licensed providers to attend free trainings to obtain information about how children grow and develop, along with insight on the important role you play in the child's life.  Modoc Child Care Resource and Referral also has a Lending Library available for parents, grandparents and Child Care Providers to borrow toys and other learning materials. Most individuals can borrow 4 items at a time for a period of 2 weeks. We offer information and education on the law and the proper use of car seats for all ages of children. Car seats are available to purchase through our office at a discounted rate if qualified by income.
  • Parenting Program:  TEACH Inc. uses the Nurturing Parenting programs. These programs are family centered classes that focus on building nurturing parenting skills as an alternative to spanking, hitting, and yelling. Classes are for both the parents and the children learning similar skills with children learning at their developmental level.
  • The Rainbow Program:  The RAINBOW Program is for Children birth to three years of age that may need evaluation for a developmental delay or have been diagnosed with a developmental delay. The services that RAINBOW provides are: Support Groups, Parent to Parent Support, Lending library of videos, advice tapes and publications, Assistance in obtaining services and resources from local, regional and national services, and Information on various disabilities.
  • LIHEAP- Energy Assistance: Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
    The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps keep families safe and healthy through initiatives that assist families with energy costs.
  • Modoc CASA Program - Court Appointed Special Advocate:  CASA volunteers are everyday citizens judges appoint to advocate for the safety and well-being of children who have been removed from their homes due to parental abuse and neglect. They stand up for these children and change their lives.
  • Modoc Foster Family Agency: Our goal is to assist youth by providing resources and skills that will help these young adults to succeed in their daily living after they have left foster care. Our interactive program gives them tools to not only survive, but to become successful at living independently.
     

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Best Practices
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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

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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.  

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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.



Help Us Help Them! 
Community Partners Ready to Support Essential Workers
The Problem:   The COVID-19 Pandemic has essentially shut down much of California's economy and society. Since the crisis began, not a  single additional fund has been allocated to serving the dire unmet need of the essential workforce in the state, including nurses, janitors, grocers, lab technicians, In Home Supportive Service (IHSS) and many others.

With the passage of the federal CARES Act on March 27th, $3.5 billion was committed in new Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) funding, with  $339 million earmarked for California

Child care providers are on the front lines, ready to serve: the state just needs to release the funds to make this a reality. 

Our ask: We need an immediate release of Federal funds, and the creation of an emergency childcare voucher program to serve the dire unmet need of the essential workforce in California!
 
What you can do:
 Thank you for all you do to support California's kids and families! 
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.
Exciting news from San Diego! 
Meet the  San Diego County COVID-19 Children's Fund!
In San Diego County a new emergency grant program was created by San Diego for Every Child to support families and child care providers.  The COVID-19 Children's Fund supports child care, food assistance, and remote learning during these unprecedented times.  Families struggling to make ends meet can received rapid, emergency grants for food or diapers, and larger grants to help afford child care.  The grant also recognizes the courageous child care providers providing child care for essential workers with grants to afford food and pay wages.  The two San Diego County Alternative Payment Programs (APP), Child Development Associates and YMCA Childcare Resource Service have partnered with San Diego for Every Child as the fund administrator.  Working together, these two APP's are receiving applications and making grant payments to parents and providers across San Diego County in response to the urgent needs facing San Diego's vulnerable children and supporting essential workers who are keeping our community going.  According to Rick Richardson, Child Development Associates CEO, "This is a tremendous example of our local philanthropic community recognizing the immediate need to support vulnerable families and to lift up our child care providers in recognition of their critical role supporting working parents on the front lines." The first payment was made on March 25th and to date the program has received over 1600 applications for support.

Contact: Rick Richardson,  rrichardson@cdasd.org , 619-855-9200

If you are doing something in your county that you would llike profiled in an upcoming CAPPA Monday Morning Update, email CAPPA.
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. 

Last week Valley Oak Children's Services offered modified Parent CafĂ©'s in a pop-up style and did these in Oroville, Chico, and Gridley. They provided their Parent Cafe families with a pre-packed meal (from a local restaurant), a bag full of resources, and a bag of books.  They served 30 families and provided 130 meals. These are done in a drive-thru style to keep our families and staff safe.
For providers - they have modified their monthly Community Resource Room. Their staff have put together 104 pre-filled resource bags, filled with art supplies, and curriculum ideas. They will be delivering these bags along with paper, glue, and paints to the open providers who are currently providing care for essential workers in Butte County. Their staff will be delivering these bags though they will be left at front doors to eliminate contact and keep our providers and staff safe.
For their families - as their staff are calling and talking to families, they are offering them to pick up a bag filled with resources, books, as well as offering diapers and wipes. These resources are being pre-filled and left outside of the office main door again to keep  families and staff safe. 



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. 

Community Online Resource Websites to Support Parents & Providers:
  •  Zero to Three- Resources offering tips for families including age-appropriate responses to common questions, a guide to self-care, and activities for young children experiencing social distancing.
  • Hi Mama -  Hi Mama compiled these resources with the feedback and support from the child care community to help child care centers, teachers and families make the most of these uncertain times to continue providing great care for our kiddos.
  • KIDANGOLearn at Home kits and online resources provide parents with the tools to play together, read together, and learn together while maintaining your physical and mental health.
  • HealthyKidsHealthyFutures.org Modeling healthy habits through your environment, daily activities, and collaboration with parents can make a huge impact on the well-being of kids in your care.
  • First5LA While COVID-19 has closed preschools and elementary schools, your child's learning can - and should - continue at home.
  • VeryWellFamily - Fun Learning Activities for Kids You Can Do at Home
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 Trainings
Statewide Meetings postponed!
Future dates TBA


In response to current concerns around the coronavirus (COVID-19) and as precaution to help keep everyone healthy and safe, these Statewide Meetings will be postponed until further notice.  We understand some of you have made travel arrangements and accommodations, and appreciate your patience  as we work through the next steps, including scheduling future dates for these meetings and other changes that will be needed. If you have already paid for these events and would like a refund, please let us know. All attendees and sponsors currently registered will have the opportunity to transfer their registration(s) to the future dates.

April 2-3, 2020
Pomona Unified School District
1444 E. Holt Avenue
Pomona, CA 91767
Entrance 1

April 29, 2020
University of Phoenix
2860 Gateway Oaks Drive
Bldg. B, Ste. 100
Sacramento CA  95833
Classrooms 121/122/123

CDE Information & Updates
Management Bulletin 20-05 Subject: COVID-19 Guidance: Temporary Waiver of Family Fees
Attention:  All Executive Officers and Program Directors of Early Learning and Care Programs
Management Bulletin 20-05  notifies and provides guidance to state-subsidized early learning and care (ELC) programs that they must waive family fees following the enactment of Senate Bill 117.
It is important to note that the fee waiver is not a permanent change to statute or regulation. Each requirement will apply until June 30, 2020, unless nullified or changed by the Legislature. As the situation evolves and more information is available, the CDE will issue additional guidance.  
 
Please visit the ELCD Management Bulletin 20-05 web page at: 
Management Bulletin 20-04: COVID-19 Guidance on Apportionment, Attendance, and Reporting Requirements

Subject:
COVID-19 Guidance on Apportionment, Attendance, and Reporting Requirements
Number: 20-04
Date: March 18, 2020
Expires: June 30, 2020 or unless rescinded sooner
Authority: Senate Bill 117 (Chapter 3, Statutes of 2020)
Attention: Executive Directors, and Program Directors of All Early Learning and Care Programs

Purpose
 
This Management Bulletin (MB) is to notify and provide guidance to state-subsidized early learning and care programs about updated apportionment, attendance, and reporting requirements after the enactment of Senate Bill (SB) 117.
It is important to note that this is not a permanent change to statute or regulations. These requirements will apply until June 30, 2020, unless nullified or changed by the Legislature. As the situation evolves and more information is available, the California Department of Education (CDE) will issue additional guidance.
The CDE encourages those that can safely provide care to do so, following state and local public health guidance in addition to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Additionally, as needs evolve, the CDE will be reaching out to early learning and care contractors and programs to have them be part of the solution in addressing the needs of working families, in particular, the needs of low-income families and parents who are health workers, emergency response personnel, key governmental staff, and child care workers.

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
'Essential' Child Care Workers Struggle To Balance Family Needs, Safety
Child care providers around the country have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, with many facing closure even as others struggle to stay open. At least  12 states have shuttered  all child care except for essential workers, according to The Hunt Institute, an education nonprofit. In California, the decision is up to each provider, who must balance the needs of families with the health and safety of workers and children.

"The bottom line is we need our child care facilities, our daycare centers to operate, to absorb the magnitude of the impacts of the school closures," California Gov. Gavin Newsom said at a March  press conference.

At ABC Little School in Los Angeles, parents now drop off their children at the gates. Staff are advised to travel only between their homes and the school. And the center is closed on Fridays for deep cleaning.

Director Stephanie Ortega says it falls on her to implement policies to ensure the safety of her employees and the students, who range in age from 18 months to 6 years old.

"I have parents that are upset that I'm open, and I have parents that are in need of me being open," Ortega says.

Click here to read full article via NPR.

Laid off during coronavirus? New rules make it easier to apply for CalFresh food stamps

As the coronavirus tears through the Bay Area, small businesses are closing, workers are getting laid off and food security concerns are rising. But a series of temporary policy changes are making it easier for low-income people to sign up for CalFresh, the state's food stamps program.

Click here  to read full article via the San Francisco Chronicle.