"Children Learning, Parents Earning, Communities Growing"
Issue #5                                     February 4, 2019
CAPPA's monthly "Featured Agency" segment will highlight 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. 

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February 2019 Featured Agency of the Month 
Imperial County Office of Education- Early Care &
Education Programs

The Imperial County Office of Education (ICOE),
Early Care & Education Programs (ECEP) was first conceived under the name of Child Development Services (CDS) back in 1979 with the Child Care Resource & Referral Program, a single $50,000 contract, which consisted of one and a half staff and a small office within the ICOE. Thirty-nine years later, with a name change back in 2009, ECEP has grown into an $18 million program holding eighteen contracts, growing steadily every year, with over 120 staff, (8) Head Start, (4) Early Head Start serving 368 children, and (12) State preschool sites serving 479 children, including (1) blended program. Our centers are part of the First 5-Quality Start program. In addition, we have an Early Head Start Home-Base program which serves 60 children and the Early Head Start Family Child Care Partnership program serving 20 children.
It is our goal to make sure that children enrolled in our programs leave our centers with a positive self-image and a beneficial school experience. Children with working parents spend over 12,000 hours in center-based care. For this reason, developing the early years are so important which have a long-term effect on the future success of children. Learning does not begin in Kindergarten; it starts the moment the child comes into the world. How we respond during the first five years will determine how the child matures later in life. ECEP provides unique services countywide to families and children and is widely known as a one-stop-shop for our families, children and the ECE community.
Resource & Referral (R&R):
The R&R trains child care providers and license-exempt providers in the California Childcare Initiative Project (CCIP), The Heart of Infant & Toddler Care (HIT), Health & Safety, Trustline and gives licensing support. We provide an R&R online referral system (NoHo) for parents seeking licensed child care in Imperial County. Most recently, we partnered with Department of Social Services (DSS) in providing services to Resource parents through Foster Care Bridge Program: Navigator and Trauma-Informed Care Coach. ECEP collaborates with other programs, providing our ECE educators trainings and professional development. R&R partners are UC Davis: Center for Excellence in Child Development, Medic First, YMCA Resource & Referral (San Diego) and the Imperial County Health Department, to name a few.
Alternative Payment Program:
ECEP serves 1,283 children through the CAPP, Cal-Works Stages 2 &3 programs which work closely with Department of Social Services. An array of child care services is provided to parents such as license-exempt care, family child care, private centers, and center-based. Programs offered by ECEP include Families must be income eligible, employed, seeking employment, or participating in a job training or education program. Incapacitated parents and homeless families may also be eligible. Parental choice is presented at all times.
Early Care & Education Planning Council (Local Planning Council):
Support the overall coordination of child care services in Imperial County. Conducts Needs Assessment and Strategic Planning that addresses the needs of Imperial County including the Zip Code priorities. The LPC Coordinator oversees the CTKS and AB 212 Early Childhood Educators Retention & Quality Training Project.

**Thank you to Emma Sanchez, Assistant Director, Early Care & Education Programs, for the submission!**

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CAPPA Member Shout-Outs
YMCA CRS
YMCA Childcare Resource Service: SeaWorld Day

YMCA Childcare Resource Service hosted a SeaWorld Gift Giving event over the holidays, and it was a huge success! Together with other YMCA branches in San Diego, they hosted over 400 parents and children from the Alternative Payment Program at SeaWorld San Diego. The families enjoyed an afternoon of food, animal encounters, visit from Dolly the Dolphin, gifts and most importantly family time at the amusement park. Many families expressed that they have never been able to bring their family to SeaWorld because it is too expensive. It was truly amazing to witness first time experiences for many of the families. Childcare Resource Service is grateful for our donors who donated over 1300 gifts, the 100+ volunteers that served on the day of the event and to the YMCA partnerships who made this special event possible. CRS looks forward to many more in the future!

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CAPPA's
2018-19 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
San Mateo 4Cs

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 28, 2019
January 4, 2018
The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) has amended regulations pertaining to CalWORKs, within the Eligibility and Assistance Standards Manual.  The changes are detailed in  CDSS Manual Letter No. EAS-18-05
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
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Marin Child Care Council
Children's Council San Francisco
Growing Place

Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County, Inc.


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

Legislative 

To date, 615 legislative bills have been introduced; 383 Assembly and 232 Senate.   

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

ASSEMBLY

SENATE

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.

January 28 Webinar:  Investments in Young Children and Families in the 2019-20 State Budget Proposal

The Budget Center hosted a webinar to discuss Governor Newsom's plans to significantly invest in young children and families. As part of our    Policy Perspectives Speakers Series, this webinar featured First 5 California's Camille Maben and the Budget Center's Kristin Schumacher and Esi Hutchful discussing key context and insights on investments in the 2019-20 state budget proposal that impact children and families, such as home visiting, subsidized child care, paid family leave, and the CalWORKs program.


Click here to see the Budget Trailer Bill Language (TBL) has been put forward on the following:
Below are scheduled budget hearings:
  • February 12, 2019 - ASM Joint Hearing Assembly Health And Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 1 On 
  • Health And Human Services And Senate Health 
    And Senate Budget And Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 3 On Health And Human Services @ 1:30
  • February 14, 2019 SEN Budget & Fiscal Review Subject:  Health Care and Cradle to Career @ 9:30 am
  • February 20, 2019 - ASM Joint Hearing Budget Subcommittee No. 2 On Education Finance  And Education @ 1:30
  • February 21, 2019 SEN Budget & Fiscal Review;  SUBJECT:Housing and Homelessness @ 10:00 am

Click here to read the ECE Coalition letter addressed to Assembly and Senate Budget Leaders.  
Federal

Working Parents Need More Than "Day" Care

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Child Care Aware┬« of America (CCAoA) released its Nonstandard Hours (NSH) Paper:  "It's About Time! Parents Who Work Nonstandard Hours Face Child Care Challenges,"  which found that the inadequate supply of NSH child care is problematic and raises concerns about access to safe, affordable, and quality child care for many families in our country. In today's economy, where anyone can work 24/7, many parents struggle to find reliable,  affordable NSH child care. NHS is defined as hours worked outside the traditional Monday through Friday work week. By 2020, occupations requiring nonstandard schedules are projected to see the most employment growth.

In the 2014 Survey of Income and Program Participation, 43 percent of all children under 18 in the United States have at least one parent who works NSH. This translates to about 31 million children who may need NSH care. Child care during nonstandard working hours is extremely limited when available and often, unlicensed.

With a declining child care provider market, it's even harder to find NSH care. Many parents turn to a collection of center-based child care, home-based child care, and child care provided by family, friends, and neighbors. Lack of access to a consistent caregiver puts a strain on both parents and children in a number of ways and this report highlights that.

Report Highlights
  • Our Mapping the Gap efforts with the state of Massachusetts. We focused on NSH - specifically, the current supply of child care providers around the sites of two proposed casinos and one existing casino.
  • Factors that affect the likelihood of needing NSH care including poverty, lack of paid leave, and irregular work schedules.
  • More than one in four Americans with low incomes work a nonstandard hours job.
  • Few states have regulations focused on NSH of care, especially for family child care. Realistic regulations for care during NSH could help to further expand licensed care.
CCAoA works with state Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agencies to track the cost of care for children by age and setting, then compares each state's costs to its median income, ranking the states by affordability for each category of care. CCAoA's   interactive mapshows the relationship between costs and median income by state. The organization has also partnered with the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) to add this year's data to an   online interactive calculatorof child care expenses by area.

Congress recently justified the more than $2.3 billion increase to the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) saying, "...the department should work with states to ensure they are meeting the needs of families with nontraditional work hours." However, more research needs to be done to determine the best practices for programs operating during nights and weekends in order to determine what those standards need to look like.

States, communities and businesses are implementing innovative solutions to meet the NSH child care needs of their employees and of military families. Located in 47 states with touch points at the local, state and national levels, CCR&Rs are a vital resource for families, child care professionals, businesses and community stakeholders. CCR&Rs can connect families to child care providers offering care during evenings and weekends, and can be instrumental in recruiting, retaining and providing outreach to qualified providers to build the supply of NSH care in their communities.

To read and download 2018's  The US and the High Cost of Child Care and supplemental interactive map and fact sheets,

The Importance of Investing in the Child Care and Development Block Grant

The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), the major federal child care program, was enacted in 1990 in response to women's growing participation in the workforce and the struggle of these working women to find affordable, high-quality child care. Congress approved a $2.37 billion increase in March 2018. The new federal funds are essential to help address existing gaps in the child care assistance program. Only one in six children eligible for federal child care receives it. And only one state set its provider payment rates at the federally recommended level of February 2018.

Click here to download.
CDE Updates
CDE Releases 12-Month Eligibility and CalWORKs Regulations

CDE has released a regulatory package on 12-month eligibility and CalWORKs. The 45-day comment period starts today and ends on February 11, 2019.
Partner Updates

BY KRISTIN SCHUMACHER

Child care keeps parents working and families afloat, yet the high cost of care across California often forces parents to make difficult choices about who cares for their child while they go to work. This can be detrimental for families with low incomes, who often struggle to simply afford the basics. California's subsidized child care and development system is designed to serve families with low and moderate incomes, but there are far more children eligible for subsidized child care than what is funded by the state and federal governments. This means that families with few resources are often unable to secure affordable care for their children.
 
In 2017, just 1 in 9 children eligible for subsidized child care and development programs in California were enrolled in a program that could accommodate families for more than a couple hours per day and throughout the entire year. According to a Budget Center analysis of federal survey data, an estimated 2 million children from birth through age 12 were eligible for care, but only 228,100 were able to participate in a subsidized full-day, full-year program. This mismatch between eligibility for care and available spaces largely reflects inadequate state and federal funding. Moreover, decades of wage stagnation has dampened families' incomes, making it difficult to afford the high cost of child care. In fact, in 2017, roughly 1 out of 3 California workers with children earned low wages.

Click here to read full Fact Sheet.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Our next collective impact event is the End Child Poverty Plan #EarlyEdChat on Twitter on February 14 at 11am. It's an opportunity for all of us to talk about the specifics of the plan and what they mean to different issue areas, while getting more exposure and more people involved. Email me to let me know if your organizations is in. We'll also include you in the lead up to 2/14
 
To continue to build on our advocacy efforts, Jackie will be sending the End Child Poverty budget letter that we'll be asking your organization to sign onto, if possible.
 
Lastly, if you haven't officially signed on as a partner in the End Child Poverty campaign, email us to let us know you'd like to.

P.S. The picture above is a  social graphic  to share if you'd like. Sample copy: "450K kids in California live in extreme poverty. California has a plan to eliminate it. Together we can #EndChildPoverty. Find out more: http://www.endchildpovertyca.org/. #PassThePlan"

 



 
Explore a new series of resources-"Spotlights From the Field." The series highlights innovative strategies to help implement Early Head Start - Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnerships. Find guidance on how grantees from across the country developed systems and practices to support their EHS-CC Partnership grant. The topics in this series include workforce and professional development, comprehensive services, and continuity of care. Also, read about implementing fiscal and ongoing monitoring and building supply and access to quality care.

Target Audience -  The intended audience is:  
  •          EHS-CC Partnership grantees
  •          Child care partners 
  •          Training and technical assistance providers
  •          State administrators and staff members
  •          Head Start collaboration directors.
Access the Resources
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Preschool Development Birth Through Five Initial Grant Awards


The Office of Child Car e (OCC) would like to congratulate the 45 states and territories who received a Preschool Development Birth Through Five (PDG B-5) Initial Grant Award at the end of December.

AWARDED :  
California Department of Education
$10,620,000
 
The PDG B-5 grants, which differ significantly from the previous Preschool Development Grants, are designed to fund states and territories to conduct a comprehensive statewide birth through five needs assessme nt, followed by indepth strategic planning, while enhancing parent al choice and expanding the current mixed -delivery system consisting of a wide range of provider types and settings, including child care centers and home-based child care providers, Head Start and Early Head Start programs, state prekindergarte n (preK) programs, and home visiting service providers across the public, private , and faith-based sectors.
 
Specifically, PDG B-5 grants will support state s and territories to do the following:
  •          Develop, update, or implement a strategic plan-based on what is learned from their thorough, statewide B-5 needs assessment-that facilitates collaboration and coordination among existing programs of early childhood care and education within a statewide mixed-delivery system to prepare low-income and disadvantaged infants, toddlers, and young children to enter kindergarten.
  •          More efficiently use existing federal, state, local, and nongovernmental resources to align and strengthen the delivery of existing programs; coordinate delivery models and funding streams within the state's or territory's mixed-delivery system; and develop recommendations to better use existing resources.
  •          Encourage partnerships among Head Startprograms, child care and preK providers, state and local governments, Indian tribes and tribal organizations, private entities (including faith- and community-based entities), and school systems.
  •          Improve transitions between early childhood and school systems.
  •          Maximize parental choice and knowledge about the state's and territory's mixed-delivery system of early childhood education program providers.
States and territories were invited to be innovative in planning, designing, enhancing, and evaluating their early childhood care and education mixed - delivery systems. They were also strongly encouraged to engage and develop their application jointly with a full range of early childhood stakeholders, including partners at the local community level and parents, to engage in system design and development that best meets the needs of families and their young children, particularly low-income and disadvantaged children.
 
Grant awards range between $538,000 and $10,620,000, depending on state and territory proposed plans. The grant performance period will run from December 31, 2018, through December 30, 2019. States and territories that receive this grant award will also be given the opportunity to apply for renewal grants prior to the end of 2019. 
 
Questions about these PDG B-5 awards should be directed to Richard Gonzales at richard.gonzales@acf.hhs.gov.

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