"Children Learning, Parents Earning, Communities Growing"
Issue #52                                                           December 24 , 2018

We would like to wish you every happiness this holiday season and prosperity in the new year.  We know how hard you work supporting families and children in your community, and hope that you are able to take some much needed respite to focus on you and yours.  May the Holiday Season bring only happiness and joy to you and your loved ones.

The CAPPA Board and Staff  
California Alternative Payment Programs (APPs) - Connecting working families to child care, early education and supportive services
Alternative payment programs (APP) have been supporting working families in each county for nearly forty years.  These community based infrastructures are the go to supports when catastrophes happen such as the most recent Camp Fire.  Click here to read how Valley Oak Children's Services was ready on day one to support families that had lost their homes with access to resources such as housing, food, diapers, clothing and child care that may be located elsewhere.  Still today, it is the APP in Butte County serving as the strong continuity of support for families.

In 2018, CAPPA's monthly "Featured Agency" segment highlighted the amazing work being done by Alternative Payment Programs (APPs) child development contractors throughout the state of California. From border-to-border, APPs provide a variety of supports to working families and children with access to child care and early learning.  Additionally, many APPs may also supports other services that enhance parents achieving self-sufficiency, clothing, diapers, mental and behaviors health, and a host of services coordinated to help break the cycle of poverty.  We are pleased to continue this tradition into 2019 and bring focus to the untapped potential that is the APP community-based "lifting families and children up" system. 

Here are the CAPPA Member Agencies that were highlighted in 2018. Click on each of them to learn more! 

CAPPA will continue to recognize these amazing agencies in 2019. If you would like your agency to be featured in 2019,   please email us!
Quick Links
2018-19 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 
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
San Mateo 4Cs

Michelle Graham
Children's Resource & Referral of Santa Barbara County

Joie Owen
Glenn County Office of Education

Denyne Micheletti Colburn
Electronic banking option for provider reimbursement in Alternative Payment Programs (APPs)
Fiscal Year 2018-19 Request for Applications for General Child Care and Development Program Expansion Funds

December 2018 Featured Agency of the Month 
Del Norte Child Care Council (DNCCC) is a nonprofit agency. This spring we will be celebrating 40 years of service in Del Norte County.
In our first year as a nonprofit  has changed over the last 40 years and so has the definition of DNCCC. Although our roots are grounded, we are flexible with the ever changing trends, needs and opportunities of our Community.

A Big thank you to Melodee Fugate, Executive Director, for the submission! 
Job Openings

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Post your job announcement here for thousands to see!
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Non-members will be charged a fee of $75.
Please email us your posting!

Marin Child Care Council
Children's Council San Francisco
Growing Place
Infant Child Enrichment Services

Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County, Inc.
International Institute Los Angeles

Pomona Unified School District- Child Development 
Children's Council San Francisco
Child Care Coordinating Council, Inc. of San Mateo County 

Child Development Inc. is Hiring! See the Recruitment Flyer 
CAPPA Member Benefits now available on the Members Only website:

Final CAPPA Branding materials added to the Member's only site. APP logo, one-pager and info graphic.  

Visit the CAPPA Member's Only website for more information on this and other benefits available to CAPPA Members.  

Mental Health in Early Childhood Education

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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.
If you have news to share or an event you want added to CAPPA's website calendar, email us!
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 

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
Our newly elected assemblymembers and senators convened last week to kick off our 2019-20 legislative cycle.  In the time they were here, 210 legislative bills were introduced:  146 in the Assembly and 64 in the Senate.  

In review of what has been introduced and the noted priority of our new governor-elect and stated priorities of legislators, it is encouraged that we all begin to think of our issues not in a silo but as integral parts with other priorities, such as secured housing, safe water and food, transportation and health care all needed by our most fragile of families and children starting at birth.  For our families to achieve true self-sufficiency and children to be supported to be the healthiest they can be and attain higher educational benchmarks in the long term, all must be prioritized, funded and made accessible.

Click here to see all of the legislation identified of interest to our field.  Below are a couple highlights:

AB 2 (Santiago)   Community colleges: California College Promise.
AB 5 (Gonzalez) Worker status: independent contractors.
AB 6 (Reyes)   Early childhood education: Office of Early Childhood Education.
AB 15 (Nazarian)   Children's Savings Account Program.
AB 23 (Burke)   Workforce training programs.
AB 24 (Burke)   Targeted Child Tax Credit.
AB 123 (McCarty)   Early childhood education: state preschool program: transitional kindergarten: access: standards.
AB 124 (McCarty) Preschool Facilities Bond Act of 2020.
AB 125 (McCarty) Early childhood education: reimbursement rates.
SB 4 (McGuire)   Housing.
SB 26 (Caballero) Personal income taxes: working families child care tax credit.
SB 48 (Wiener)   Homelessness: right to shelter.

RELEASED Dec. 21, 2018 - SACRAMENTO - California Senate President pro Tempore, Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), today announced the Senate's leadership positions and committee assignments. These assignments reflect a diversity of skills and backgrounds needed to continue to move California forward and achieve the people's work.  

Designated committee chairs and vice chairs will be formally adopted by the Senate in January 2019.
Senate Leadership Positions
  • Senator Robert M. Hertzberg (D-Los Angeles), Senate Majority Leader.
  • Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg), Assistant Majority Leader.
  • Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), Majority Whip.
  • Senator Maria Elena Durazo (D-Los Angeles) and Senator Scott D. Wiener (D-San Francisco), Assistant Majority Whips.
  • Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino), Democratic Caucus Chair.
Standing Committees for issues we follow ( Click here to see all committees):
  • Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D-La CaƱada-Flintridge), Chair.
  • Senator Pat C. Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), Vice Chair.
Budget and Fiscal Review
  • Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), Chair.
  • Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), Vice Chair.
  • Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino), Chair.
  • Senator Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita), Vice Chair.
  • Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), Chair.
  • Senator Jeff Stone (R-Temecula), Vice Chair.
Housing (new committee)
  • Senator Scott D. Wiener (D-San Francisco), Chair.
  • Senator Mike Morrell (R-Inland Empire), Vice Chair.
Human Services
  • Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger), Chair.
  • Senator Jeff Stone (R-Temecula), Vice Chair.
Budget Sub-Committees
Budget Subcommittee #1 on Education
  • Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside), Chair.
Budget Subcommittee #3 on Health and Human Services
  • Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), Chair.
Information from the Legislative Analyst's Office

The LAO has recently released a couple of reports of interest.

Child Care Attendance Records:  Comparing Paper and Electronic ProcessesThe Supplemental Report of the 2018-19 Budget Act required our office to identify the pros and cons of Alternative Payment agencies using a paper versus electronic process to collect monthly child care attendance records. This report fulfills this requirement.

Cal Facts 2018With a state as big, as populous, and as complex as California, quickly summarizing how its economy or state budget works is impossible. Instead, Cal Facts is a visual guide-using a variety of different charts-to the state's economy, revenues, and major program trends.

The Great Recession and California's Recovery.  Nearly ten years ago today, Governor Schwarzenegger's proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year projected a $42 billion deficit. This shortfall was stunning, but in fact, turned out to be optimistic. In the months that followed, the Governor released three more budget projections, each one addressing even larger shortfalls. California was called "ungovernable," "a wreck," and "a failed state."
Today, California's fiscal position is dramatically different. While the budget still faces challenges, the state has made undeniable progress: the Legislature has enacted budgets that consistently increased savings, addressed many of the state's outstanding debts, and most recently passed a budget with a higher level of reserves than the state has seen in decades. Few could have predicted this turnaround.

The 2019-20 Budget California's Fiscal OutlookIn anticipation of the upcoming state budget process, our office publishes California's Fiscal Outlook each year. This year, the report is shorter and more focused, but we have supplemented it with a fuller discussion of the outlook for Proposition 98's minimum guarantee over the next several years. Additionally, we have provided shorter pieces in Health and Human Services and other areas.
  • The Budget Is in Remarkably Good Shape. It is difficult to overstate how good the budget's condition is today. Under our estimates of revenues and spending, the state's constitutional reserve would reach $14. 5 billion by the end of 2019-20. In addition, we project the Legislature will have an additional $14. 8 billion in resources available to allocate in the 2019- 20 budget process. The Legislature can use these funds to build more budget reserves or make new one-time and/or ongoing budget commitments. By historical standards, this surplus is extraordinary. 
  • Longer-Term Outlook Is Positive.  The nearby figure displays our longer-term General Fund outlook under two different scenarios and assuming current law and policies stay the same. The first scenario shows continuing economic growth and the second shows a recession beginning in 2020-21. If the economy continues to grow, as shown on the left side of the figure, the state has operating surpluses averaging around $4. 5 b illion per year, but declining over time. In the recession scenario, as shown on the right side, the state has enough reserves to cover its deficits over the outlook period. 
  • With More Commitments, Reserves Might Not Fully Cover the Budget Problem. Both of these scenarios assume the Legislature makes no new commitments (such as spending increases or tax reductions) in 2019-20 or later. That is, under these scenarios, the Legislature would use all of the nearly $15 billion in available resources in 2019-20 to build more reserves (reaching a total reserve level of about $30 billion by the end of 2019-20). If the Legislature makes new ongoing commitments in 2019-20, however, reserve levels under a recession scenario would be lower and the state would face higher operating deficits. Depending on the extent of these commitments, reserves might not fully cover a budget problem that emerges during a recession.
  • More Reserves Would Be Needed to Mitigate Reductions to School Funding.  In our Fiscal Outlook publications, we assume the state funds schools and community colleges at their minimum level. More explicitly, this means under our assumptions that General Fund spending on K- 14 e ducation declines even as the state maintains other programmatic spending using reserves. This assumption is in keeping with the publication's aim to show spending under current law and policy, which generally has been to fund schools and community colleges at the minimum required level. If instead the Legislature wanted to mitigate the impact on schools and spend above the minimum level, the state's operating deficits would be larger and more reserves would be needed to cover the budget problem.
  • The State's Budget Condition Can Change Quickly.  Our office has produced a Fiscal Outlook  every year since 1995. In dollar terms, the available surplus for 2019- 20 i s easily the largest our office has ever estimated. As a percent of overall revenues, it is second only to the estimated $10. 3 b illion surplus in 2001-02, which we projected in November 2000. However, as the state experienced in 2001, these fortunes can change quickly. In the dot-com bust and ensuing recession, state revenues declined precipitously. The very next year, our Fiscal Outlook  found the state's surplus had disappeared, and instead, the budget faced a deficit of $12. 4 b illion.
  • Legislature Has Unique Opportunity to Prepare for Coming Challenges.  In the coming years, the budget will face challenges. The most significant risk to our outlook is the economy, which could slow and result in billions of dollars in revenue losses annually. Decisions outside of the Legislature's control, for example by the federal government or state retirement systems, also can affect the state budget. The $ 15 b illion surplus we anticipate for 2019-20 gives the Legislature a unique opportunity to prepare for these  foreseen-and  other  unforeseen-challenges  still to come.
Partner Updates

With 20 new governors and 16 re-elected governors starting new terms in January, 2019 has the potential to be a year of big change at the state level. This is particularly the case in the early childhood policy arena, as many newly elected governors discussed early childhood education as part of their campaigns. Governors are in a prime position to make progress and lead on this issue to elevate the positive impact that access to high-quality early childhood education can have for children, working families, and businesses. 

In this report, CAP lays out an agenda for governors to make progress on early childhood in 2019 and beyond 

The agenda provides an action plan for the first 100 days of an administration, recommending governors demonstrate their commitment to early childhood in their State of the State address and budget proposal and develop a governing structure that prioritizes the needs of young children and their families. The report recommends states use these early efforts to build support for long-term solutions, including making home visiting available to all families, providing high-quality, affordable child care to all families and establishing universal, full-day pre-kindergarten programs for three- and four-year-olds. 

The Trump Administration is proposing a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) rule that would diminish food assistance for unemployed and underemployed people in areas with insufficient jobs; undo long-settled regulations; cynically attempt to end run Congress; and increase hunger and nutrition-related diseases. FRAC will launch a comment platform once the proposed rule is published in the coming days in the Federal Register and advocates are encouraged to submit a comment opposing the proposed rule during the 60-day comment period.

Click here to read full statement.
Of Interest
Upcoming Events 
Child Care Advocacy Day

January 23, 2019
California Endowment Building - Downtown 
We invite you to partner with those noted above for a  Child Care Advocacy Day!
The day will begin with an expert panel sharing their input, reactions and top priorities on the 2019-20 Governor's Budget.  

In order for us to be successful securing more services for families and children, we must work together, collect the data, and educate our elected officials about the past successes we have had, but of huge unmet need that still must be addressed.

In the morning we will hear from experts about what Governor-elect has proposed in his January budget.  We then will have time to ask questions and discuss our collective strategy for meeting with legislators in the afternoon.  The legislative meeting times will be set up and you simply need to share with us who you would like to meet with, i.e., your elected representatives.  It is encouraged that if you have district specific information relevant to a specific legislator, bring it.  

Finally, in the afternoon, we are working to schedule for legislators and those interested a showing of the child care documentary  No Small Matter.  This showing is the first major theatrical documentary to kick start the public conversation about early car and education.  

Planned Schedule of Events
CAPPA staff will be scheduling the legislative visits.  You will receive a schedule, room assignments, and legislative advocacy packet when you check in.  If you have a specific member you would like to visit, click here.  

9:30am: Check in at the California Endowment- 1414 K Street,
               Suite 500, Sacramento, CA 95814

9:45am-12:00pm: Opening remarks and budget panel discussions
12:00pm-12:30pm: Legislative "prep-talk" and lunch
1:00pm-4:00pm: Legislative Visits
1:30pm: Screening in the State Capitol of the documentary 

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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.

Topic for December 2018:
Mental Health in Early Childhood Education
Ash Archambeau, Youth Program Director & Teacher, Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies Kids Programs 
The science of child development shows that the foundation for sound mental health is built early in life, as early experiences-which include children's relationships with parents, caregivers, relatives, teachers, and peers-shape the architecture of the developing brain. Disruptions in this developmental process can impair a child's capacities for learning and relating to others, with lifelong implications. During this webinar we will discuss; 
  1. What is mental health in early childhood?
  2. Getting in early for children's mental health
  3. Mental health difficulties in early childhood
  4. What causes children's mental health difficulties?
  5. What parents and caregivers can do
  6. Where can I learn more?
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.