"Children Learning, Parents Earning, Communities Growing"
Issue #6                                                    February 10, 2020
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 is a nonprofit organization established in 1970 as a mobile parent/ child workshop delivered at local parks in the city of Santa Barbara. Through the Adult Education Division of the Santa Barbara City College, a teacher and teacher's aid offered an outdoor preschool experience to Latino children while parents participated in parenting classes. Speakers were invited to provide information on Early Care and Development as well as information on community resources that support families. 

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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

Public Policy Chair
Phillip Warner
Children's Council San Francisco 

Members-at-Large
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
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.
September 17, 2019
September 9, 2019
Management Bulletin 19-07: Continued Funding Application Fiscal Year 2020-21
Fiscal Year 2019-20 Two-Day Fiscal Training for Center-Based Contractors.   Additional information regarding location details and how to sign up for these trainings will be forthcoming
 
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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

Solano Family and Children's Services

International Institute Los Angeles

Manager Early Childhood Special Education
Napa County Office of Education
Children's Council San Francisco  
Field Happenings
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2020-21 California State Budget
UPCOMING BUDGET HEARINGS

NOTE:  CAPPA will only highlight those upcoming budget hearings relevant to our field. 
  • February 13 @9:45 am - ASM Budget Sub 6 - Overview of State Homelessness Funding and Governor's 2020 Budget Proposal on Homelessness INFORMATIONAL HEARING IN SAN FRANCISCO
  • February 19 @ 2:30 pm - ASM Budget Sub 1 - Governor's 2020 Budget Proposal on Homelessness
  • February 27 @ 9:30 am - SEN Budget & Fiscal Review - Housing & Homelessness
  • March 4 @ 4:00 pm - ASM Budget Sub 2 - K-12 & Early Education; Overview of the Governor's 2020-21 Budget
  • March 9 @ 2:30 pm ASM Sub 1 - Health & Human Services - H&HS Office of the Surgeon General - Trauma Informed Care
  • March 18 @ 2:30 pm - ASM Budget Sub 1 - Department of Social Services; California Access to Housing and Services Initiative, CalWORKs, CalFRESH & Emergency Food
  • March 25 @ 2:30 pm - ASM Sub 1 - Department of Social Services: Foster Care & Community Care Licensing
  • April 1 @ 2:30 pm - ASM Sub 1 - H&HS Advocacy Proposals
NOTE:  All 2020-21 Budget relative hearings, reports and materials will be hosted here.   Highlights will be hosted in weekly updates.


As part of his budget plan for 2020-21, the Governor proposes six government reorganizations-which we define as the consolidation or transfer of government functions-across several policy areas. The proposals would affect a broad array of state departments, offices, and commissions that perform a wide range of functions. In reviewing the Governor's reorganization proposals, there are many issues for the Legislature to consider in determining whether to approve or reject each proposal. In this brief, we outline a broad framework to consider these issues. Specifically, we recommend that the Legislature consider the following key questions when evaluating the proposals:
  •          Would the Reorganization Make Programs More Effective? A reorganization should result in programs becoming more effective and the public receiving improved government services.
  •          Would the Reorganization Improve Efficiency? A reorganization should result in programs using fewer resources or improving the quality of services provided within existing resources.
  •          Would the New Structure Improve Accountability? A reorganization should result in a government structure where the Legislature and the public can easily identify the person or entity responsible for managing a program.
  •          Is the Reorganization Based Upon a Policy Rationale? A reorganization should be consistent with an underlying policy rationale to address a problem that has been clearly identified.
  •          Does the Reorganization Reflect Legislative Priorities? A reorganization should be consistent with the priorities that the Legislature has set for a program or government function.
  •          Do the Benefits Outweigh the Costs? The benefits of a reorganization should outweigh the costs to implement the reorganization, which can sometimes be significant.
  •          Is the Reorganization Well Planned? A reorganization should be well planned given that it can result in significant complexities-such as the need to reclassify positions and responsibilities.
  •          How Should the Reorganization Be Implemented? Government reorganizations typically have been pursued either through the formal executive branch reorganization process laid out in statute or budget trailer legislation.
Establish New Department of Early Childhood Development.  The Governor proposes to consolidate various childhood development programs and services currently administered across multiple agencies (such as the California Department of Education [CDE]) into a new Department of Early Childhood Development under CHHSA beginning in 2021-22. The Governor's budget includes $6. 8 m illion (General Fund) for CHHSA in 2020- 21-increasing  to $10. 4 m illion annually beginning in 2021- 22-to  establish a transition team that would oversee the reorganization and administer child care programs under the new governance structure.

Click here to read full report.

Important to our field must be reorganizing programs in such a way that the coordinated outcomes fully lift up the needs of the most impoverished of babies and children.  This can only be done if the conversation is restarted to include other programs and services that too touch the same families; food support, mental health, home visiting, and transportation supports among the list. 

Click here to read CAPPA's submitted letter on the budget.  If you or your organization has a position or view to share, email CAPPA.

Together we must support Governor Newsom and legislators to make the most impactful of decisions,  to change  the downward spiral of children to an upward trajectory, and to create a plan to lift children out of poverty now we must continually remind them of the data and the need.  If the above tax loopholes were addressed and the state had more monies to lift up those in highest need, some investments might be:
California is the 5th largest economy in the world.  We have the resources to do better by the children in this state.   
What's Happening
California 

For the past three weeks, legislators have begun to amend and introduce legislation for the final year of this 2019-2020 legislative session. Hearings have begun to be scheduled and deadlines are approaching. Please refer to the CAPPA legislation page to keep update on bills.  Upcoming dates to be aware:
  • Feb. 21 Last day for bills to be introduced 
  • April 2-13 Spring Recess
  • April 24 Last day for policy committees to hear fiscal bills
  • May 1 Last day for policy committees to hear nonfiscal bills
In the  CAPPA Monday Morning Update,  we will be a tracking legislation relevant to our field.  We too will also host all of the legislation for this session here along with factsheets and sample letters.  If there is a piece of legislation that you would like to have noted for our field, please  email .

If there is a particular piece or legislation or a legislator that you would like profiled in the Monday Morning Update, email CAPPA.  

ASSEMBLY BILLS: 
SENATE BILLS:  
Below are dates and co mmittee hearings to be aware. CalChannel no longer exists, so please watch or listen to the hearings here :
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2020-21 Federal Budget & Policy Update
Trump to Propose $4.8 Trillion Budget With Big Safety-Net Cuts

White House boosts funds for military, veterans and aims to reduce deficits by $4.6 trillion over a decade, in part through curbs on Medicare, Medicaid

WASHINGTON-President Trump is expected to release a $4.8 trillion budget Monday that charts a path for a potential second term, proposing steep reductions in social-safety-net programs and foreign aid and higher outlays for defense and veterans.

Click here to read full article.

On Thursday 2/6 the House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education held a hearing on "Solving America's Child Care Crisis: Supporting Parents, Children and the Economy."  Click here to watch the hearing.

Click here to read the Opening Statement of Chairman Gregoria Kilili Camacho Sablan.  

"Every dollar spent on early childhood education results in eight dollars of social benefits, according to a 2015 report from the President's Council of Economic Advisers. That benefit is mostly in the form of increased earnings, when those children we invest in, go to work."
CDE Information & Updates
Congratulations to ELCD's new Associate Director Erica Otiono!

This is a message from the California Department of Education (CDE), Early Learning and Care Division (ELCD).
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We are excited to announce that Erica Otiono has been selected as the ELCD's new Associate Director! Erica's started in her new role on Monday, January, 27, 2020.
Erica's broad knowledge of early learning and care, experience in relationship-building with local programs, successful rapport with stakeholders, and her deep understanding and expertise in monitoring, training, and quality improvement in early learning programs will continue to be invaluable to the ELCD, particularly as we continue our work in quality improvement efforts in programs.
Erica has served in the ELCD as a Child Development Consultant since 1997, and more recently as the Education Administrator in the Program Quality Implementation (PQI) - South office (formerly Field Services Office A), leading PQI efforts in monitoring early learning and care programs in the southern part of the state.
Please join us in congratulating Erica and wishing her success in her new role!
Survey by Santa Clara County Office of Education on R&R participation in MyChildCarePlan parental portal website

To the all Executive Directors and Program Directors of Resource and Referral (R&R) Programs,
The brief survey you received from Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) last week regarding your participation in MyChildCarePlan (MCCP) parental portal website is a part of the information gathering effort of a parental portal workgroup facilitated by SCCOE. Specifically, Assembly Bill (AB) 2960 requires California to develop a technology-supported parent portal to provide parents with "current and robust information" about the state's available early learning and care services. The AB 2960 also requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to submit a report with recommendations to the Legislature by June 30, 2020. The California Department of Education (CDE) has been using funds from the federal Preschool Development Grant (PDG) to contract with SCCOE to move the work around the parental portal forward and support additional activities around MyChildCarePlan.
The SCCOE is the CDE contractor to gather information for this report through a workgroup. Because Resource and Referral Agencies (R&Rs) are the crucial data source that will provide information to guide the most important objective of the parent portal - to make an easily accessible, parent friendly online portal for families to find information about child care - we ask that you help us with our assessment of needs, challenges, barriers, successes, so we can present a report to the Legislature.
The survey will ask you about your current participation in MCCP, willingness/un-willingness and barriers for the participation etc. This information will be used in the parental portal workgroup final report to CDE with recommendations to make it easier for R&Rs to participate in MCCP database, which will be a key component of the online portal (MyChildCarePlan.org website).
Please note that additional communications from the CDE and the California Child Care R&R Network on the same subject matter will follow.
Quality Counts California Local Consortia and Partnership Grants Request For Applications Now Available

Greetings Quality Counts California Consortium Members and Local Partners,
First 5 California (F5CA) and the California Department of Education (CDE) are pleased to announce the release of the Quality Counts California (QCC) Local Consortia and Partnership Grants Request for Applications (RFA). This RFA represents a unified application, processes, and funding for F5CA IMPACT (Improve and Maximize Programs so All Children Thrive) 2020, the CDE California State Preschool Program Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) Block Grant, the CDE QCC Block Grant, and the federal Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five Renewal (PDG-R). The state is excited for what the future holds in early learning and care, and the historic investment and collaborative effort this RFA represents.  
The QCC Local Consortia and Partnership Grants RFA is available at https://bit.ly/3930rBL.
Key Dates:
  • Letter of Intent to Apply due: March 2, 2020
  • RFA Discussion Session "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the QCC Local Consortia and Partnership Grant RFA" on February 5, 2020, 10:30-11:45 a.m., at the 2020 Child Health, Education and Care Summit, Irvine, California; Note: if you plan to attend this session, please read the RFA prior to attending.
  • Statewide Informational Webinar: February 12, 2020, 10:00 a.m.-Noon
    Register at: https://first5.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAufuGoqjMrFN4hiDx98RK20AFW2ERcWQ
  • In-person Technical Assistance Sessions: Four in-person meetings with the State Support Team will occur in February and March 2020 at various locations throughout the state. Exact dates and locations will be announced.
  • Applications Due: April 15, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.
  • Grant Awards Announced: May 2020
  • Grant Term Begins: July 1, 2020
For more information, please go to the
QCC website at https://www.qualitycountsca.net/ or email the QCC State Support Team at support@qualityca.net.

2020 Election Information
 
Information on Upcoming Initiatives


Seven candidates, including a veteran politician from Mountain View and a perennial candidate from Los Altos, are vying to take State Sen. Jerry Hill's place representing the 13th District. The primary election is March 3.

Hill is termed-out after serving eight years in a district that stretches from San Bruno to Mountain View, Los Altos and Sunnyvale. Five of the seven candidates are Democrats. The 13th District is dominated by Democratic-leaning voters.

Link to full article .
Partner Updates
An average family in California spends about one-third of their income on child care. See what the budgets look like in your county.  Click here.

Child Care Research: Year in Review 2019 Edition
CCAoA released a new blog this Wednesday to share some of the most important child care research studies from this past year.  The blog's content focuses primarily on the child care workforce, subsidies, children's social-emotional health, and the supply of care. To read the full blog post, click here.

CA Gets a 'C-Minus' for Child Well-Being in New Report

California may be a leader in many areas, but overall child well-being is not one of them, according to a new report.

The latest Children's Report Card from the nonprofit Children Now gives California a grade of "C-minus" overall. The only "A" grade in the 16th semiannual analysis is for kids' health coverage, as only 3% of California children remain uninsured. Children Now president Ted Lempert said that's because the state has moved aggressively to cover all kids, including those who are undocumented.

"And it's an example of what happens when our state leaders really focus and set a goal, and we get there," he said. "Almost 20% of our kids were uninsured just a couple decades ago. So, this has been real progress on that front."

Click to read article.


It's finally 2020, Census year. You've been preparing and now it's here.   While the Census will occur throughout the year, in some parts of the country the count will begin as early as this month.   
New research shows  that much work needs to be done to help families understand the importance of participating in the Census. Child care providers and Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (CCR&Rs) can play an important role sharing these messages.  
In 2010,  the Census missed over two million children  age 4 and under, resulting in a loss of half a billion dollars of funding for communities and families each year over the last decade. Participating in the Census, and ensuring all children are counted, helps local government plan for the future and determine where federal funding goes. When children are counted in the Census, local schools and the early childhood education system can plan, and receive enough funding, for all children.  

Take a look at the full article to see what's in store for the month of January.
National News
Representatives Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Support Non-Profit Child Care Providers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On February 6,  Congresswoman Susie Lee (D-NV) and Congressman Pete Stauber (R-MN) introduced the bipartisan Small Business Child Care Investment Act. The legislation would allow qualified  non-profit child care providers  to access the same types of Small Business Administration (SBA) loans available to for-profit providers. Currently, these non-profits are only eligible to access SBA microloans. By increasing access to additional resources through the SBA, this legislation will support these providers in expanding the availability of high-quality child care for working families.

Click here to read full article.
Fixing a Broken Marketplace:  Talking Childcare with Elliot Haspel

"Quality and affordability are two sides of the same coin," says Haspel. The key word here is coin. As in, this stuff costs money, and currently, "There's not enough money in the system." Without proper funding, all the things we count on to come from childcare-whether it's about building young minds or simply enabling parents to work without worry-are out of reach.

Quality, for Haspel, simply means enabling a child to develop in a healthy way. The relationship between caregiver and child matters, and quality of care matters more than setting. "Regardless of what parents prioritize," he says, "we want to honor those preferences while making sure all childcare settings have strong caregiver-child relationships and knowledgeable caregivers.

Troublingly, some of the families Haspel spoke to reported sacrificing quality in order to make ends meet. He cites a family in Denver who pulled a toddler out of a highly rated childcare center so they could afford care for their second child.  We know what affordability means. Paying for childcare has never  not  been a problem, but the economics have gotten even more precarious in recent years.  Childcare Aware of America  estimates that the national average childcare cost is roughly $9,000 per child, per year. ( See how your state stacks up. )

Link to full article .
Finally, a Bipartisan Bill That Would Help All Families

Mitt Romney (R-UT) teamed up with Michael Bennet (D-CO) to endorse an expansion of the child tax credit. Crucially, the bill includes something essential to the economic security of families: a child allowance. If the government would give money to all parents, no matter their income, it would solve two major problems facing Democrats. First, by helping both rich and poor families, parents as well as children, it would unite groups that are often pitted against one another. Second, it could be passed through the process known as reconciliation, which expedites budget bills. This means if Democrats control Congress and the White House next year, the law could  go into effect  quickly, helping millions of families almost immediately.

The Bennet-Romney proposal would make several changes to the current system; the most important is that most of the child tax credit would be fully refundable. At the moment, a family needs to earn wages to receive benefits. But if the child tax credit is made fully refundable, families with little or no income will receive checks in the mail. This law isn't just for poor people, though; families further up the income ladder would also receive extra money. Effectively, the bill would create a basic income for all families with children, linking the interests of poor, working-class, and middle-class families. This would dramatically bring down poverty among children, as it has in other countries that have put such a system in place, like Canada and the United Kingdom.


Link to full article.
Interesting Reads
We must include English learners in early education plan for California

As Gov. Gavin Newsom's team pulls together the components of the  Master Plan for Early Education and Care , considers top priorities for the proposed  California Department of Early Childhood Development , and continues to push for investments in our educator workforce, it should consider this fundamental fact: Today , 60 percent  of all California children, birth to 5-years-old, come from homes where their families speak one or more languages other than English.

One critical component of the governor's strategies should be to lay a strong foundation for our state's youngest English/dual-language learners so they can be better prepared for later grades. This new master plan and all investments must put these children at the heart of our educational systems, or we risk leaving a generation of Californians unprepared to reach their full potential.

Click here to read full article.