"Children Learning, Parents Earning, Communities Growing"
Issue #8                                                    February 24, 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
February 20, 2020
Family Childcare Providers: Collective Bargaining; Additional Data Elements to be Reported
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
UPCOMING BUDGET HEARINGS

NOTE:  CAPPA will only highlight those upcoming budget hearings relevant to our field. 
  • 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
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.

The 2020-21 BudgetEarly Education Analysis
 
Here are some excerpts:

Department of Early Childhood Development - Recommend Against Creating New Department to Administer State Child Care Programs. The Governor's budget proposes to establish the Department of Early Childhood Development under the California Health and Human Services Agency. The budget includes $6.8 million non-Proposition 98 General Fund for 26 new positions in 2020-21 to support first-year transition efforts. This amount increases to $10.4 million ongoing for 52 new positions in 2021-22, when the department is set to begin administering the state's child care programs and initiatives. We recommend the Legislature reject the proposal, as it lacks sufficient detail and does not provide any clarity on how the restructuring would lead to more effective or efficient services to children and families. While the proposed governance structure could eliminate some fragmentation that currently exists in the child care system, the proposed changes also could create new ones. Moreover, we think making significant changes to the administration of early childhood development programs prior to the release of the forthcoming master plan on early learning and care is premature. The master plan, set to be released by October 1, 2020, is expected to make several recommendations to improve the state's early childhood development programs. The Legislature may want to consider a revised proposal from the administration next year. This would allow the administration to fully develop a plan and to incorporate any recommendations from the master plan.

Click here to read full report.

The data and information below tell us where investments should be made.  
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 

Last Friday was the deadline to introduce new pieces of legislation.  The Assembly has introduced 1,527 new pieces of legislation (3,360 total) and the Senate has introduced 627 (1,468 total). 

In the CAPPA Monday Morning Update, we will highlight a few of the bills identified as relevant to our field and/or to the families and children we serve.   To see the more expansive listing of bills, click here where 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 .   Upcoming dates to be aware:
  • 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
ASSEMBLY BILLS: 
SENATE BILLS:  
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
Assemblyman Jim Patterson representing the 23rd Assembly District including portions of Fresno and Tulare counties - AB 1988  Foster Care

Jim and his wife Sharon have lived in Fresno for most of their lives, raising three children, and now four grandchildren in the Central Valley.
He served two terms as the Mayor of Fresno from 1993-2001. After eight years of focused leadership, Jim left the City of Fresno with a $20 million general fund surplus, a AAA credit rating, over a billion dollars of new business approvals that created thousands of new jobs, that the National Civic League recognized when it designated Fresno an All-America City in 2000.

As a business owner and radio broadcast executive for most of his professional career, Jim understands that the laws passed in Sacramento have real life impacts on California's job creators.

His commitment to promote adoption during his time in the Legislature stems from the adoption of his three children. Jim has authored several laws that streamline the process, making it quicker and easier for parents seeking to adopt.


2020-21 Federal Budget & Policy Update
Trump Would Cut TANF by $21 Billion, Impose Harmful Spending Restrictions

In his new budget, President Trump proposes to cut Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) by $21 billion over ten years, which would leave many families with less assistance when they fall on hard times. The cuts include a 10 percent reduction in the annual block grant funding for states and an end to the $608 million TANF Contingency Fund, which gives states additional funds at times of economic distress.

The budget also would impose new TANF spending restrictions, which together with the funding reductions would likely prompt states to cut basic assistance - the funds that go directly to families -  as they've done in the past. And, like TANF's current work requirement, the proposed work requirement would retain TANF's rigid policy of conditioning one's benefits on meeting certain hourly requirements, which families would continue to find challenging. The harm from these proposals far outweighs other proposed  programmatic changes that actually could improve TANF.
Click here to read full story.
President's 2021 Budget Would Cut Food Assistance for Millions and Radically Restructure SNAP
President Trump's 2021 budget proposes to cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) by more than $180 billion - nearly 30 percent - over the next ten years by radically restructuring how benefits are delivered, taking SNAP away from millions of adults who are not working more than 20 hours a week, and reducing benefits for many other households.[1] The budget also includes two proposals to curtail students' access to free and reduced-price school meals. The proposed cuts would come on top of nearly $50 billion in cuts over ten years that the Administration is seeking through regulatory action, bringing the Administration's total plan for cutting SNAP to about $230 billion over ten years compared to current policies.  

Click here to read full story.
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)
  • Workshops on Strengthening Families
  • Workshop on "Compassion Fatigue: Owning Your Narrative"
  • Workshop on Emergency Child Care Bridge Program
  • Workshop on 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)
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

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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

National News
The Child Care Crisis Causes Job Disruptions for More Than 2 Million Parents Each Year

At a time when  more than two-thirds  of young children have all available parents in the workforce, child care is a necessity for most families across the country. Yet new data show that the current child care system lets down parents at nearly every turn. High-quality licensed care can be  hard to find , especially for rural and Latinx communities and for families of  children with disabilities . Beyond the scarcity of child care is the expense: On average, families of children under age 5 spend  $250 per week  on child care. Together, these two facts force millions of parents into choosing from an unappealing list of options: spend more than they can afford on child care, settle for cheaper but potentially lower-quality care, or either leave the workforce or scale back their work hours to provide child care themselves.

Click here to read full article.
The State of Homelessness in America

Nearly half of the nation's unsheltered homeless people live in California, according to a fall 2019 report from the White House Council of Economic Advisers, and 15 percent of residents ranked the issue as one of the state's top concerns in a September 2019 survey by the Public Policy Institute of California.

Click here to read full report.
Interesting Reads
USC offers free tuition to students from families making under $80,000; home ownership will not factor in need

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The University of Southern California announced Thursday that it will phase in free tuition for students from families with an annual income of $80,000 or less, and home ownership will not be used to determine a student's financial need.

Click here to read full article.