"Children Learning, Parents Earning, Communities Growing"
Issue #7                                                    February 18, 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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2019-20 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 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

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

Joie Owen
Glenn County Office of Education

Denyne Micheletti Colburn
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

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
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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Of Interest
2020-21 California State Budget

NOTE:  CAPPA will only highlight those upcoming budget hearings relevant to our field. 
  • February 19 @ 2:30 pm - ASM Budget Sub 1 & 4- 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.

Click here to read full report on Assessing the Governor's Reorganization Proposals
Click here to read report on the Governor's Homelessness Plan

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

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.  Below is an abbreviated list of bills being tracked.

Below are dates and co mmittee hearings to be aware.  To watch or listen to the hearings  click  here:
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.
Profiled Member and Bill of the Week
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, 80th Assembly District - AB 66:  Extension of th Sales Tax Exemption for Diapers

"Every baby needs diapers. Repealing the diaper tax through 2026 will save working class and middle class families up to $100 a year per child." Assemblywoman Gonzalez said. "The fact that we tax diapers is unfair for families already struggling to keep up with the cost of living in California. We can do better."

2020-21 Federal Budget & Policy Update
Trump's Budget Doubles Down on Harm to People with Low Incomes, Communities of Color, and Immigrants

For the fourth consecutive year, President Trump has released a budget proposal that demonstrates the administration's contempt for individuals with low incomes, immigrant communities, and communities of color. As in past years, the proposed Trump FY 2021 budget would slash billions of dollars in spending on education, health, nutrition, housing, and other basic needs that support economic stability and good health and wellbeing for children and families. These massive cuts are proposed alongside a plan to extend Trump's 2017 tax cuts that have driven up the deficit while benefiting the very rich and large corporations and that are contributing to growing income equality.
The budget also proposes increased spending that will inflict fear, trauma, and harm on communities across the nation. The budget would fund more immigration agents-even as the administration's policies are in immigrant families and devastating communities-and spend billions of dollars on a divisive border wall. Even while the budget toward criminal justice reform, it simultaneously calls for increased law enforcement, which negatively impacts communities of color and leads to their overcriminalization-both historically and currently.
Click here to read full article.
New round of Trump budget cuts could force more Californians into homelessness, advocates say
The Trump administration is proposing a cut in homeless assistance funding next year, frustrating advocates who say the crisis in Sacramento and other cities is worsening.

The White House budget plan for fiscal 2021, which begins Oct. 1, proposes $2.773 billion for homeless assistance grants, slightly less than the current year. The administration also wants to cut funding for affordable housing programs as well as Community Development Block Grants, which help revive and improve neighborhoods.

It's part of a  $4.8 trillion budget blueprint for the entire government includes deep cuts in environmental, health, education and housing programs. The Housing and Urban Development budget would be reduced by 15 percent.  Click here to read full story.
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."
Upcoming Highlighted Trainings
April 2-3, 2020
Pomona Unified School District
1460 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
To better support our field, CAPPA, in partnership with CDE, will be hosting informational trainings for our field in Pomona and Sacramento!  
These Statewide Meetings will bring our field together to share insights and experiences, explore ideas, shape policy, and discuss best practices.
The training in Pomona will be a 2-day event and have two tracks of workshops each day, as space at that venue allows for that. The Sacramento training will be a 1-day event and offer the CDE workshop track.
We hope you can join us!
 2-Day Pomona Training: 
Agenda will include:
  • 3 Workshops from CDE (exact topics coming soon)
  • Workshop on "Compassion Fatigue: Owning Your Narrative"
  • Workshop on Emergency Child Care Bridge Program
  • Agency Panel: 12-month Eligibility in Stage 1
Day 1 Schedule
9:00am - Registration and Coffee
9:30am-11:00am - Workshop Session 1
11:00am-12:30pm - Workshop Session 2
12:30pm-1:00pm - Lunch (included)
1:00pm-2:30pm - Workshop Session 3

Day 2 Schedule
9:30am - Coffee
10:00am-12:00pm - Workshop Session 1
12:00am-12:30pm - Lunch (included)
12:30pm-2:00pm - Workshop Session 2

1-Day Sacramento Training:
Agenda will include:
  • 3 Workshops from CDE (exact topics coming soon)
9:00am - Registration and Coffee
9:30am-11:00am - Workshop Session 1
11:00am-12:30pm - Workshop Session 2
12:30pm-1:00pm - Lunch (included)
1:00pm-2:30pm - Workshop Session 3

Event Sponsorship
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CDE Information & Updates
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
Nearly 3 in 4 States Have Welfare-to-Work Parent Lifetime Time Limits That Are More Generous Than California's

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.

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 .
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.