"Children Learning, Parents Earning, Communities Growing"
Issue #5                                                    February 3, 2020
CAPPA's monthly "Featured Agency" segment will continue for 2020, highlighting the amazing work being done by Alternative Payment Programs (APPs) child development contractors throughout the state of California. From border-to-border, APPs support working families and children with services to support self-sufficiency, stability of children in child care, and a host of services coordinated to help break the cycle of poverty.  Many APPs also have been called on to serve as a community life-support of information and resources during natural disasters.  We are pleased to continue this tradition and bring focus to the untapped potential that is the 40 plus year APP community-based system. 

If you would like to be featured, 
please email us!
February 2020 Featured Agency of the Month
Children's Resource & Referral of Santa Barbara County


Learn more Here. Visit their website Here.

**Thank you to Michelle Graham and Jacqui Banta for the submission!**


Click here to see highlights from the 2020 child care and end child poverty in California Advocacy Day!!

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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 Co-Chair
Jeffrey Moreira
Crystal Stairs, Inc.

Public Policy Co-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
 
Job Openings

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Associate Governmental Program Analyst
California Health & Human Services Agency

4Cs of Alameda County

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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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.  

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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 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. 

As we advocate for more child care and to end child poverty in California, information will be shared to help frame the conversation and the uneven distribution of wealth and benefits in the state. 
Chris Hoene, Executive Director of the California Budget and Policy Center Tweeted "The next time that someone says CA/the#cabudget can't afford to do more, remind them that we're giving away $60 billion annually in mostly questionable tax breaks; $$$ that could be better used to stimulate the economic opportunity."  Below is a slide prepared by the California Budget and Policy Center:


In supporting 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 .

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 :
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.
2020-21 Federal Budget & Policy Update
California faces $1.2 billion budget hit after Trump administration rejects Medi-Cal proposal 

The federal government notified Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration Friday that it is rejecting California's Medicaid financing proposal, a decision that could cost the state $1.2 billion.

The decision doesn't affect this year's budget, and Newsom's administration plans to continue talks with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services over changes to the proposal that might win federal approval, said Department of Finance spokesman H.D. Palmer.

Click to full article.

SCOTUS Lifts Injunction on DHS Public Charge Rule

On Monday the Supreme Court granted the Trump Administration's request to enforce the public charge rule while the government's appeal is being litigated in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.  As a result, the administration can now implement the rule nationwide (except in Illinois where a statewide preliminary injunction remains in place).  Here are some valuable resources from CLASP for helping families and providers navigate the public charge rule:

On Thursday 2/6 at 10:15AM in Rayburn Office Building room 2175the House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education will be holding a hearing on "Solving America's Child Care Crisis: Supporting Parents, Children and the Economy."  Witnesses have yet to be confirmed, but we'll send more information as we know it, including the link to the livestream when it's available. We encourage you to tune in! 

CDE Information & Updates
Information to Agencies Regarding the Passing of Assembly Bill 5

Attention: ELCD Contracting Agencies   
 
The ELCD has received concerns regarding the recent passage of Assembly Bill (AB) 5, which codifies the legal test to be used to determine which professions in California can be designated as employees versus independent contractors for purposes of the Labor Code, the Unemployment Insurance Code, and the IWC wage orders, and how this new law will impact agencies working with subsidized childcare programs. 
 
It is the CDE's position that licensed family child care providers and license-exempt providers working in subsidized childcare programs are not employees of the state or any agency that provides reimbursement to the provider, whether reimbursement is through a family child care education network or an alternative payment program, and AB 5 did not change that. 
 
The recent passage of AB 378, which established collective bargaining rights for family child care providers, amended the Education Code (EC) to include language that addresses this concern. The EC Section 8432.5 specifically provides:

EC 8432.5  Family childcare providers are not public employees, and this article does not create an employer-employee relationship between family childcare providers and the state, any agency or department of the state, any political subdivision of the state, or a contractor or subcontractor administering a state-funded early care and education program, for any purpose, including, but not limited to, eligibility for health or retirement benefits, workers' compensation, unemployment insurance, liability under the Labor Code or state wage orders, or vicarious liability in tort. This article does not alter the status of a family childcare provider as a business owner, an employee of a family, or a contractor.
 
If you have questions regarding the information in this email, please contact your assigned regional Consultant on the ELCD Consultants Regional Assignments web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/ci/assignments.asp or by phone at 916-322-6233.
2020 Election Information
 
Information on Upcoming Initiatives

March 3, 2020 Statewide Ballot Measures
November 3, 2020 Statewide Ballot Measures 
  • 1856. (18-0009) - REFERENDUM TO OVERTURN A 2018 LAW THAT REPLACED MONEY BAIL SYSTEM WITH A SYSTEM BASED ON PUBLIC SAFETY RISK.
Link to initiative page.

November 2020 Eligible Statewide Ballot Measures 
  • 1840. (17-0044, Amdt.#1) - Restricts Parole for Non-Violent Offenders. Authorizes Felony Sentences for Certain Offenses Currently Treated Only as Misdemeanors. Initiative Statute.)
  • 1851. (17-0055, Amdt.#1) - Requires Certain Commercial and Industrial Real Property to be Taxed Based on Fair-Market Value. Dedicates Portion of Any Increased Revenue to Education and Local Services. Initiative Constitutional Amendment. 
Link to initiative page.

Upcoming Senate, Assembly, and Presidential Elections:


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
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.

New CAP Report, "The Child Care Crisis Disproportionately Affects Children with Disabilities"

The Center for American Progress released a report on Wednesday with new data about the barriers families of children with disabilities face when searching for child care. Using both quantitative sources and qualitative interviews, CAP finds that parents of disabled children experience more difficulty in finding care, numerous barriers to care, and are three times more likely to experience job disruptions because of problems with child care. To read the full report, click here.  To access the social media toolkit for sharing this report, 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.
Sign the petition: Pass the End Child Poverty Plan in FULL

There's a question we should be asking our leaders in 2020: What kind of people are we in California?

If you ask me, Californians are people who don't shy away from tough problems. We've saved lives by passing the country's strictest gun-safety laws. We've fought climate change by implementing ambitious clean-air rules. We're pioneers. And we know that, in our fight to end extreme child poverty, we can make California a model for the nation.  Sign the petition to tell elected officials: Let's make 2020 the year we pass the End Child Poverty Plan in FULL.



What a Year

One year ago, we were bundled up and standing on the steps of the Capitol in Sacramento. And we weren't alone: Parents, children, lawmakers, faith leaders, and members of grassroots organizations and partners were all standing with us. Pastor and community leader Lesley Simmons stepped up to the mic to reflect on why.  That was the day the End Child Poverty CA Plan was launched. Since then...

We've earned broad support for new investments in California children and families.
We rallied to #EndChildPovertyCA in Sacramento, Chula Vista, Los Angeles, Pomona, Weedpatch, Fresno, Salinas, Oakland, and San Bernardino. Our community of 47,000 Californians continues to grow, and we now count more than 60 organizations among our partners. This fall, in San Bernardino, we launched our partnership with Dolores Huerta and the Dolores Huerta Foundation to continue to build the statewide End Child Poverty community organization.

$5 billion in End Child Poverty Plan recommendations were adopted in the state budget.
The budget doubles the California Earned Income Tax Credit for low-income families, includes a new Young Child Tax Credit for parents with children under 6, expands health care access to young Californians aged 19-26 regardless of immigration status, invests in youth-focused housing and rapid-rehousing programs, and more. Hundreds of you joined us at our advocacy day last January and joined us to testify in front of lawmakers about the urgent need. These are your victories achieved for all Californians.

In 2020, we'll be working to get the rest of the plan passed so we can end extreme child poverty in California for good.  Achieving the goal of ending extreme child poverty will take a movement, and we laid a strong foundation for it together this year. We're eager to expand our community in 2020 with on-the-ground outreach and a powerful digital campaign.

Your involvement will help spread the word and make this happen. Join the End Child Poverty organization in your community being led by our partner Dolores Huerta and the Dolores Huerta Foundation.
It's been a landmark year for the #EndChildPovertyCA campaign. Thanks for staying involved as we continue to fight to end child poverty and build a bright future for ALL California children. 

Link to 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 .
National News


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.
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
County Child Welfare Services experiencing caseload increase

The number of children in foster care in Santa Barbara County increased in 2019 after four years of steady declines.  In 2015, there were 433 children in the county's foster care system, but this dropped to 327 three years later, before increasing to 396 in 2019, according to a presentation from the Jan. 14 county Board of Supervisors meeting. Amy Krueger, deputy director with the county's Department of Social Services, presented these numbers to the board as part of the county's Child Welfare Services annual update.

The department has also experienced an increase in the number of in-person child welfare investigations that social workers have completed over the last two years. Social workers completed 2,812 investigations in 2017 and more than 4,000 in 2019.

Link to full article.