SB 820, the trailer bill that has additional child care impacts was posted. The main areas for child care is included in Section 111 on page 106. Changes include:
Language to fund family child care homes and centers as well as CalWORKs Stages 1, 2 & 3 with assistance to address hardships including decreased enrollment, ratios, etc.
Reduction from $62.5 million to $31.250 for one-time stipends for alternative payment and migrant payment programs
An addition of up to 14 paid nonoperational days in addition to the existing allowable 10 nonoperational days
From September 1 - June 30, 2021 family fees for families where ALL children in the family enrolled in subsidized early learning and care remain at home, either for distance learning or for families sheltering in place are waived. NOTE: If additional federal dollars are not received, direct service contractors, family childcare home providers participating in a family childcare home education network, and alternative payment provider will absorb the cost.
Contingent on receipt of additional federal funds:
$30 million for covering extension of the above noted family fees
$35 million to support alternative and migrant payment programs to reimburse providers for providing short-term childcare to eligible children when a provider is closed
Reduction from $50 - $30 million for state preschool programs to increase capacity for two years as follows:
1st priority - existing general childcare and development program contractors to expand new childcare services for children from 0-3
2nd priority to existing CSPP contractors to expand new capacity for full-day programs
3rd priority for general childcare and development programs or California state preschool programs
Reduction from $25 to $15 million in stipends for licensed childcare providers
Reduction from $125 million to $90 million for subsidized childcare provider stipends to assist all subsidized childcare providers with increased cost-of-care expensed incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic
Clarifies that a program that operates on the campus of a local educational agency that is closed by local or state public health guidance or order shall be reimbursed 100 percent of the contract maximum reimbursable amount or net reimbursable costs whichever is less
With the August 31 legislative deadline looming near, the California Legislature is hard at work to pass any remaining bills through the legislative process before heading to Governor Newsom for signature or veto. While many bills were stalled this year due to the unprecedented need to shift priorities due to COVID-19, there are still a few important policy changes heading towards the Governor, which are highlighted below:
In the CAPPA Monday Morning Update, we will highlight bills of interest still moving through the legislative process. To see the more expansive listing of bills, click herewhere 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.
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.
CAPPA VOTES: 2020 Election Highlights
Child care front and center at the Democratic National Convention!
This week we witnessed our first ever fully virtual Democratic National Convention, where Joe Biden and Kamala Harris officially accepted the democratic nomination.
One highlight? For the first time in history, a leading DNC speech was completely dedicated to the importance and dire need for improving our child care system!
Did you miss Elizabeth Warren's speech? No matter what side of the aisle you fall on, we can all agree: child care is essential to the economic security of families, and necessary to rebuild our economy after we navigate the crises of 2020.
"Elizabeth Warren made a crucial point at the Democratic convention: Child care is “infrastructure for families”"
Invitación a contribuir al Plan del Cuidado y el Aprendizaje Temprano de
California/ Invitation to contribute to California’s Master Plan for Early Learning and Care (facilitated in Spanish)
Estimados padres de familia en California:
¿Qué tipo de apoyos y programas para avanzar el desarrollo y aprendizaje desea para sus hijos/as?
¿Qué podría ayudar a su familia para tener mejor acceso al aprendizaje y cuidado temprano de calidad?
El Plan para el Cuidado y el Aprendizaje Temprano, financiado en el presupuesto estatal 2019-20 y que se completará en octubre de 2020, presenta una oportunidad clave para que California desarrolle un mapa vial para mejorar todo el sistema de la primera infancia.
El proyecto tiene la intención de llevar al Estado de California hacia un sistema mixto de educación temprana y apoyo que ayude a los niños desde el nacimiento hasta los cinco años de edad, a sus familias y comunidades.
Para lograr sus metas, el proyecto del Plan busca la contribución de los padres de familia.
Después de registrarse, recibirá un correo electrónico de confirmación con información sobre cómo unirse a la reunión.
This week Senate Majority Leader McConnell released details for a “skinny” COVID-19 relief proposal—significantly smaller than the HEALS Act introduced a few weeks ago (in fact, it’s about half the size in dollar terms). Notably, this new bill provides no dedicated funding for child care and very little for anything else. You might remember that the HEALS Act only had $15 billion for child care, so now we’re seeing that number decrease to zero in the new proposal. This is infuriating and shows why we need to keep being vocal with our federal delegations about the issue and the need to act now and provide $. Negotiations on the second package are still ongoing, however, and House Democrats are not considering this latest proposal to be a serious attempt at coming to a bipartisan agreement. Nevertheless, we are hearing rumors that Speaker Pelosi may consider cutting the size of a relief package in half in order to reach an agreement with the White House and Republicans. Therefore, it is still crucial that you continue to reach out to your federal delegations and keep up the pressure to enforce two key messages:
Families, communities, and businesses can’t wait – we need another relief package NOW and for child care to be a priority.
We need at least $50 billion in stabilization funding for child care in this next package.
It is essential that we keep up education and outreach to Congressional members and keep up the heat in the press, especially if you’re state-based! In particular, if your representation includes frontline Dems up for re-election or Senate Republicans up for re-election (e.g., CO, KY, IA, ME, TX, and SC), it is even more critical that they hear from you. Each day that passes, the situation for child care providers, educators, and families who rely on them becomes more dire – and we can’t let our elected officials think that these challenges have subsided. We can’t let the noise and power we’ve built die down – we need everyone to keep lifting the issue and the need!
Sens. Coons, Murray; Reps. Scott, Finkenauer; bicameral group of colleagues urge HHS, CDC to offer COVID-19 guidance to child care providers
With a third or more of child care facilities nationally at risk of closing permanently due to COVID-19, lawmakers urge CDC to offer guidance and assistance amid reopening plans
August 17, 2020
WILMINGTON, Del. – U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) along with House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (D-Va.), and Representative Abby Finkenauer (D-Iowa) led 87 of their colleagues on a letter to the Office of Child Care at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requesting more detailed public health guidance to support the child care sector during and following the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Child care center and family-based child care providers across the country have highlighted the lack of federal guidance on how to effectively implement the CDC’s public health recommendations. While states like Delaware have stepped up to support child care providers during this difficult time, the lack of federal guidance remains a source of concern for the child care sector. The lawmakers asked for detailed federal guidance on how to assist child care providers with implementing the CDC’s public health recommendations, while also maintaining high quality child care and providing developmentally-appropriate instruction for children. A strong, timely, and coordinated federal response can address the needs and concerns of child care providers across the nation, so they can reopen with the confidence that their business can survive for the long-term.
“The child care industry is at risk of collapse. A Bipartisan Policy Center nationwide survey reported in April that 60 percent of the child care facilities and family child care providers in the United States had to close their doors because of COVID-19 and, for 30 to 50 percent these providers, the closures will remain permanent. As more families across the country transition back to work and increasingly rely on child care, it is essential that the existing child care industry receives comprehensive guidance and implementation assistance so that providers are able to meet public health recommendations, protect the health and safety of both families and their workers, and continue to provide high quality and developmentally appropriate care for children,” wrote the lawmakers.
The first page of the letter is below, and the full text can be found here.
Updated Briefs About Health and Safety Topics
Tracking the COVID-19 Recession’s Effects on Food, Housing, and Employment Hardships
The National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance (ECQA Center) is pleased to share an updated series of briefs about the health and safety training topics required in the 2016 Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Program Final Rule for all child care providers that receive payment from the CCDF subsidy program.
Licensing and CCDF administrators may find these briefs helpful as they consider revisions to standards for both licensed and license-exempt providers. These briefs may also be useful in developing health and safety guidelines for child care providers during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic—especially the brief about the prevention and control of infectious disease—because all the briefs provide links to best practice guidelines and examples of regulatory language on the topics.
This series of CCDF health and safety requirements briefs, updated in July 2020, provides an overview of national guidelines and state requirements related to the following topics:
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.
San Diego County Childcare Provider Grant Program
To support San Diego County childcare providers offering essential services to local families during the COVID-19 pandemic, the County of San Diego, The San Diego Foundation, YMCA of San Diego County and Child Development Associates have launched the San Diego County Childcare Provider Grant Program.
On August 4, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to distribute $25 million of CARES Act funding to eligible childcare providers in San Diego County.
To distribute the funds, the County has partnered with The San Diego Foundation, YMCA of San Diego County and Child Development Associates to manage the application, verification and grantmaking process.
Childcare providers can apply for support for staffing, supplies, mortgage and rental assistance, business resilience and capital improvements for outdoor areas.
Let us knowwhat your organization is doing, we would love to feature you in the coming weeks!
CDE Information & Updates
Guidance Regarding Requirements for Reopening Reimbursement, and Distance Learning for Direct Service Contractors
Senate Bill 98 added Education Code Section 8209(f), which specifies that for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020–21, General Childcare and Development Program (CCTR), California State Preschool Program (CSPP), Family Childcare Home Education Network (CFCC), Severely Disabled Program (CHAN), and Migrant Childcare and Development Program (CMIG) direct contracted programs are to be reimbursed the lesser of 100 percent of the contract Maximum Reimbursable Amount (MRA) or net reimbursable program costs when the contractor is either:
Physically open to provide early learning and care (ELC) services for all enrolled families by September 8, 2020, or within 21 calendar days from the start date of the contracting agency’s FY 2020–21 approved program calendar, whichever is sooner, and remain open and offer services through the FY 2020–21 program year; or
Not physically open by these dates, due to a written state or local public health order related to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and specific to early learning or child care, or
Physically re-open by these dates, with any future days of closure related to the COVID-19 pandemic being due to a state or local public health order specific to early learning or child care.
The definition of a state or local public health order may include written orders, advisories, or guidance specific to early learning or child care issued by a state or local public health authority.
Per the Listserv released July 19, 2020, both Local Educational Agency (LEA) and community-based organization contractors, whose ELC programs are operated on a LEA campus, are allowed to remain closed due to situations where they are unable to open within 21 calendar days of their operating calendar, and be reimbursed as specified above, while awaiting guidance from the CDE. In instances where a program is closed between July 1 and September 7, a revised program calendar and program narrative change is required, but the contract MRA will not be prorated.
Contractors that do not reopen within the specified timeline without a state or local public health order, as defined above, will not be reimbursed for any period of time that the program is not physically open. Similarly, contractors that open by the timeframe set forth above and subsequently close for reasons not due to the issuance of state or local public health order specific to early learning or child care will not be reimbursed for any period of time that the program is not physically open, unless the closure is otherwise currently allowed pursuant to Management Bulletin (MB) 10-09: Reduced Days of Operation or Attendance Due to Emergency Conditions, and approved by the CDE, ELCD.
Emergency Disaster Relief Information Related to Statewide Emergency Due to Fires, Extreme Weather Conditions
In response to an emergency proclamation issued on August 18, 2020, by Governor Newsom, regarding the fires burning across California, the CDE, ELCD is sending this notice to all ELCD Contracting Agencies.
On August 18, 2020, Governor Newsom declared a statewide emergency to help ensure the availability of critical resources to address the fires occurring across the state.
The CDE, ELCD recognizes the impact to communities caused by the fires and the resulting, often long-term, emergency conditions. Some natural events may have rendered centers, family child care homes, and license-exempt providers unable to offer services, while other events may have increased the number of families experiencing homelessness.
The CDE, ELCD is offering some information that may be helpful in responding to local disasters, as well as for local agency recovery efforts in continuing to serve California’s child care needs.
Guidance on Parent Signatures on Monthly Attendance Records
To address concerns regarding parent signatures on monthly attendance records for alternative payment providers, the CDE, ELCD engaged with the Legislature and the Administration on a solution to modify the requirements for parent signatures on the monthly attendance record/invoice that are provided by Education Code (EC) Section 8221.5. Further, the CDE understands the Administration and Legislature plan to address the monthly attendance record/invoice issue in August Budget Actions.
Pursuant to the Superintendent’s authority provided by EC Section 8209, effective July 1, 2020, contractors should not withhold reimbursement to providers on the basis of attendance records and/or invoices not having a parent or guardian’s signatures if:
(1) The provider attempts to collect a signature on the monthly attendance record or invoice, and
(2) The parent or guardian is unable to sign due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Providers must continue to submit attendance records and/or invoices in accordance with current reporting policies.
Any attendance record received without parent signature must include documented attempts made to contact the parent. The documentation must include:
The date and time of the contact(s)
The name of the parent or other authorized adult contacted
The specific information provided or discussed with the parent or other authorized adult
If the attempts to contact the parent or other authorized adult were unsuccessful, the documentation must include if a message was left and when a follow-up call will be made
Guidance for Serving School-Age Children During Distance Learning
The ELCD knows that many school districts are beginning the school year with distance learning; therefore, school-age children need care during their parent’s work hours. The ELCD also knows that questions have arisen about how to interpret California Code of Regulations, Title 5 (5 CCR), section 18076.2, which does not allow CalWORKs Stage 2 (C2AP), CalWORKs Stage 3 (C3AP), California Alternative Payment Program (CAPP), California Migrant Alternative Payment Program (CMAP), and Family Child Care Home Education Network (CFCC) contractors to reimburse providers during “scheduled instructional minutes” of a public or private educational program that the child is enrolled and attending.
Since K-12 distance learning does not provide supervision for children, the CDE does not consider it to be scheduled instructional minutes for the purposes of reimbursing providers.
Therefore, providers shall be reimbursed for care during the time a school-age child is participating in K-12 distance learning and attending their childcare program or provider during the typical school hours.
If the child is participating in a hybrid model (in-person instruction and distance learning) the provider may only be reimbursed for the time that the child is not receiving in-person instruction.
All County Welfare Directors Letter: Child Care Waivers and Guidance Regarding COVID-19- 8/13/20 DRAFT Released for Input
The purpose of this letter is to notify counties of temporary waivers regarding the CalWORKs Stage One Child Care Program due to the statewide outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19 or novel coronavirus). The temporary waivers include provider payments, family fees, parent/guardian and provider signatures related to reimbursement of child care services, and reimbursement of child care providers for care provided to school-age children who are participating in K-12 distance learning.
Network and CAPPA Joint Annual Conference 2020 Goes Virtual!
We will certainly miss being able to come together in-person to share and gain information and to meet and connect with colleagues and workshop presenters. We want to create a conference event that meets as many of our members’ needs as possible given the parameters that virtual conferences/workshops have. Now, perhaps more than ever, it is important for our community to stay connected, stand united, and meet this challenge together.
While we won’t be able to meet in-person, what we hope to offer in a thoughtful, user-friendly manner, are keynote presentations, workshops, networking opportunities, and connection time with vendors. It will be different this year since we cannot be in the same physical location, but assisted by technology, we can do all that. With no travel and flexibility, we look forward to new opportunities for R&R Network and CAPPA members from across the state, as well as state partners, joining us as we collectively support our children, families and communities.
Virtual Conference Details
Workshops will be both live and on-demand, with some speakers available for live discussion during their scheduled presentation time. The Virtual Exhibit Hall will run the full conference with links to company videos, materials on the platform, and live chat and meeting opportunities. We also hope to incorporate some networking opportunities to connect you with your peers. Post conference, workshop sessions will be recorded and available for viewing for a limited time which will provide additional learning opportunities for conferees following the conference dates.
Registration Fees -Registration will be released later this month!
Conference registration fees for members will begin at $250 per person if 5 or more staff from one agency attend or $265 per person. Conference registration includes access to 4 keynote sessions, over 60 workshops, opportunities to virtually network with colleagues from around the state and connect with exhibitors.
As the Resource & Referral (R&R) agency in our community,Child Care Coordinating Council of San Mateo County (also known as 4Cs)is here to support parents, providers, and our local community in finding, planning for, paying for, and accessing affordable, quality child care. We also provide referrals to programs and services that support children and families’ needs, including food resources; housing resources; mental health support; legal assistance; and other safety net services. We provide developmental screenings and enhanced child care referrals for children who may have special needs. And we support early caregivers and educators in providing quality early care and education.
Our mission is to connect and empower families, educators, and child care providers with resources today for a stronger San Mateo County tomorrow.
For over 45 years, 4Cs has been helping to meet the child care needs of parents living and working in San Mateo County. We support licensed child care providers and preschool programs by investing in professional development and improving program quality.
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.
CAPPA has been working on Best Practices and policies to support you during this challenging time.
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.
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