"Children Learning, Parents Earning, Communities Growing"
Issue #15                                                               April 9, 2018 
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2017-18 Board of Directors
Rick Richardson
Child Development Associates

Vice President

Karen Marlatt
Valley Oak Children's Services


Beth Chiaro
Child Care Resource Center 

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 

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
Featured Agency of the Month

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. 
Click HERE to read more. 
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
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

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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 
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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 

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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
State Legislation 
California Senate and Assembly 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
State Budget Update
For child care and early education, our need and our ask is quite simple... 

  • 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.
The Senate and the Assembly Budget Subcommittees that oversee child care, early education, preschool and transitional kindergarten (TK) have wrapped up their first informational hearings.  Click here to read the past agendas for each of the respective subcommittees as well as 2018-2019 budget related materials.  Click here to read a copy of the Early Care and Education (ECE) Coalition letter.

So what happens now?  By May 14, the Governor announces an updated revenue forecast, which accounts for changes in revenues since January. If the forecast changes significantly, the Governor may propose more changes to his January budget proposal. The update is known as the "May Revise" or "May Revision." The Assembly Budget Subcommittee 2 on Education Finance and the Senate Budget Subcommittee 1 on Education will have about a week to consider any new proposed changes. 

Click here to see budget related hearings and released information of importance to our field.
Income & Work Supports Update
April 2018

Omnibus Spending Bill: Clear Progress for Everyday Americans, But Much Left Undone: 
CLASP is pleased with several important elements of the omnibus spending bill that lay a strong foundation for addressing major national needs-notably increasing funding for child care, education and workforce programs and protecting the tips earned by vulnerable low-wage workers. However, we are disheartened with the significant unfinished business that compromises the wellbeing of millions of everyday Americans.

Child Care in the FY 2018 Omnibus Spending Bill: 
The fiscal year 2018 omnibus spending bill includes the largest-ever single-year increase in federal funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grant. Read this fact sheet to learn more about the state-by-state impact of these funds.

Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign Resources: The Protecting Immigrant Families, Advancing Our Future campaign brings together advocates to defend against threats to low-income immigrant families and support a productive national dialogue about our country's immigrant tradition and economic future.

Strengthening This Tax Credit Would Reduce Poverty

A new paper released by the U.S. Partnership on Mobility from Poverty and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities proposes improvements to the Child Tax Credit (CTC) to enable more children in low-income working families to qualify for the full credit.

Roughly 27 million children under 17 live in families that don't earn enough to qualify for the full credit - or, in many cases even partial credit.

Excluding the poorest children from the full CTC runs counter to a substantial body of research showing that raising the incomes of low-income children can deliver significant benefits to children's economic mobility and opportunity later in life.

The paper proposes several CTC improvements:
  • For all families, phasing in the credit beginning with the first dollar of a family's earnings rather than only after the family earns $2,5000, as under current law.
  • For all families, eliminating the $1,400-per-child cap on the amount of the credit that families can receive as a refund if their credit exceeds their federal income tax liability.
  • For families with children under age 6, phasing in the credit more quickly as family earnings rise - at a rate of 50 cents per added dollar of earnings rather than the current 15 cents.

Of Interest
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State Partner Updates
It's time to celebrate! Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) is receiving a $2.37 billion increase in FY 2018, which is the largest in the program's history.  In addition, the bill includes language encouraging states to support the full implementation of the CCDBG Act as reauthorized in 2014, including activities to improve the quality and safety of child care programs, increasing provider reimbursement rates, and ensuring health and safety standards are met.  In California, we've made some gains in these areas, but there is still work to be done.

Last year, Congress promised a $2.9 billion increase, but negotiations resulted in a still,  very impressive $2.4 billion increase over previous funding. We have to thank our leaders for their persistence in ensuring that the increase was not completely eliminated. In a time where many of the programs that the families we care about depend on are under threat of harmful changes, take a moment to  

Here's what's included in the increase:
  • A $610 million increase for Head Start ($115 million of that for Early Head Start that will be used for Early Head Start expansion or Early Head Start/child care partnerships)
  • A $35 million increase for CCAMPIS that funds child care for mothers in college
  • A $20 million increase for 21st Century Community Learning Centers which supports after school programs
  • Flat funding for Preschool Development Grants at $250 million

In Unity,
Network Public Policy Team

Dear Friend

Our wide-ranging accomplishments and impressive victories span two years of hard work and tenacious advocacy. The Report also highlights our exciting 50th Anniversary celebrations.

Western Center's victories for justice and equality are YOUR victories.

We hope you will continue to stand with us in these particularly chaotic and troubled times, when Western Center's creative and tenacious advocacy is particularly needed.

With gratitude,

Paul Tepper
Executive Director
Upcoming Events 

To help the field better coordinate the calendaring of information valuable to all, we are hosting a field calendar.  On the calendar will be national, state and regional meetings, legislative and budget hearings, and any other events brought to our attention.  To add to the calendar, simply email CAPPA.

CAPPA Insights and Advocacy: Members Only Conference Calls
THIS WEDNESDAY: 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! 



What: Assembly Blue Ribbon Commission hearing
Topic: Financing Early Learning in California
When: May 3, 2018 at 1:00pm-3:00pm
Where: State Capitol, Room 4202
Sacramento, CA 95814

*Agenda and additional materials will be forthcoming.   Click here to be directed to the website for upcoming meeting notices and materials. 

CAPPA Statewide Meeting-in partnership with CDE
June 21, 2018
University of Phoenix
2860 Gateway Oaks Drive
Bldg. B, Ste. 100
Sacramento CA  95833
Classrooms 121/122/123 

To better support our field, CAPPA, in partnership with CDE, will be hosting an informational training for our field 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!

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.
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.
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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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.
The Community Care Licensing Division  
Spring 2018

Inside This Issue:
Laundry Detergent Pod Warning
CA Child Care Health Program
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Custody Issues
Mandated Reporter Training
New Inspection Process
Program Updates

A Note from Pamela Dickfoss, Deputy Director:
Welcome to the Spring Child Care Quarterly Update. The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Child Care Licensing Program (CCLP) is consistently striving to improve the manner in which Child Care Providers and the community interact with their local Licensing Program Analysts (LPAs) and Licensing Program Managers (LPMs). In efforts to bridge communication and improve community relations, the local Child Care Licensing Regional Offices (ROs) are establishing stakeholder meetings to be held in local areas up to three times per year.

The stakeholder meetings will include one or more nearby Resource and Referral Offices (R&Rs) and may be held at the R&R or at the RO. The meetings will be between two and a half to three hours and will be a good opportunity to build collaborative relationships with your local RO. You will learn about new initiatives from the Department, engage in discussions about challenges affecting child care at a local level, and network directly with LPAs and LPMs.

If you have any questions regarding the upcoming stakeholder meetings, please call your Local Regional Office.