"Children Learning, Parents Earning, Communities Growing"
Issue #2                                     January 14, 2019
Happening Next Week!

We invite you to partner with those noted below for a  
Child Care Advocacy Day!  This is a day advocates will join together, in a shared voice, to advocate for child care and early education.


January 23, 2019
9:30am-4:00pm
California Endowment Building - Downtown 
Sacramento

In order for us to be successful securing more services for families and children, we must work together, collect the data, and educate our elected officials about the past successes we have had, but of huge unmet need that still must be addressed.

In the morning we will hear from experts about what Governor-elect has proposed in his January budget.  We then will have time to ask questions and discuss our collective strategy for meeting with legislators in the afternoon.  The legislative meeting times will be set up and you simply need to share with us who you would like to meet with, i.e., your elected representatives.  It is encouraged that if you have district specific information relevant to a specific legislator, bring it.  

Finally, in the afternoon, we have scheduled for legislators and those interested a showing of the child care documentary  No Small Matter.  This showing is the first major theatrical documentary to kick start the public conversation about early care and education.  

Planned Schedule of Events
CAPPA staff will be scheduling the legislative visits.  You will receive a schedule, room assignments, and legislative advocacy packet when you check in.  If you have a specific member you would like to visit, 
click here.

9:30am: Check in at the California Endowment- 1414 K Street, Suite 500, Sacramento, CA 95814
9:45am-12:00pm: Opening remarks and budget panel discussions
12:00pm-12:30pm: Legislative "prep-talk" and lunch
1:00pm-4:00pm: Legislative Visits
1:30pm: Screening in the State Capitol of the documentary  No Small Matter 

  Interested in Sponsoring this Event? 
Quick Links
CAPPA Member Shout-Outs
 
Child Care Links: Making holidays brighter for those it serves
'We work every day ... to ensure that the youngest, most vulnerable residents in our county get the care and support they need'
Child Care Links, a private nonprofit agency that has served children in the Tri-Valley for more than 40 years, has now become a leading provider of a wide range of services and programs from providing food, clothing and baby diapers to needy families as well as helping them find child care. To learn more about the amazing work being done by Child Care Links, 
read the entire article.

Do you have success news to share with us?! We love to hear what our members are up to and where they're going! Submit your accomplishment(s) big OR small by emailing us!

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 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
Job Openings

Is Your Organization Hiring?
Post your job announcement here for thousands to see!
There is no charge for CAPPA members.
Non-members will be charged a fee of $75.
Please email us your posting!

International Institute of Los Angeles

Marin Child Care Council
Children's Council San Francisco
Growing Place
Infant Child Enrichment Services

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.
NOTE: If you would like to share your newsletter or items of interest with our field via the Monday morning e-Newsletter, then please  email us  a link.  Please make sure that you have a link included to an online version or viewing.
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Our Monday Morning Update supports our Early Learning & Child Care field with timely information about what is going on in California and nationally; as well as dates to be aware and upcoming events. 

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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You can also make a donation to CAPPA and CAPPA Children's Foundation 
The Children's Foundation is a non-profit organization (501(c)3), Taxpayer Identification Number is 
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What's Happening
California 

Legislative 
Also happening this Thursday, Governor Newsom will release his January 2019-2020 proposed budget.  To watch the release live, click here.  According to a 
"Seeking to frame his new administration as one with a firm focus on closing the gap between children from affluent and poor families, Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom will propose spending some $1.8 billion on an array of programs designed to boost California's enrollment in early education and child-care programs." 
Register here to attend the January 23, 2019 Advocacy Day to learn more of the details from what the governor has proposed.

To date, 210 legislative bills have been introduced.  In review of what has been introduced and the noted priority of our new governor-elect and stated priorities of legislators, it is encouraged that we all begin to think of our issues not in a silo but as integral parts with other priorities, such as secured housing, safe water and food, transportation and health care all needed by our most fragile of families and children starting at birth.  For our families to achieve true self-sufficiency and children to be supported to be the healthiest they can be and attain higher educational benchmarks in the long term, all must be prioritized, funded and made accessible.

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

AB 2 (Santiago)  Community colleges: California College Promise.
AB 5 (Gonzalez) Worker status: independent contractors.
AB 6 (Reyes)   Early childhood education: Office of Early Childhood Education.
AB 15 (Nazarian)  Children's Savings Account Program.
AB 23 (Burke)   Workforce training programs.
AB 24 (Burke)  Targeted Child Tax Credit.
AB 123 (McCarty)  Early childhood education: state preschool program: transitional kindergarten: access: standards.
AB 124 (McCarty) Preschool Facilities Bond Act of 2020.
AB 125 (McCarty) Early childhood education: reimbursement rates.
AB 167 (Rubio) - Childcare and development services: infants and toddlers.
SB 4 (McGuire)  Housing.
SB 26 (Caballero) Personal income taxes: working families child care tax credit.
SB 48 (Wiener) Homelessness: right to shelter.


January Budget Proposal Released

Last Thursday, Governor Newsom released his 2019-20 January Budget Proposal.  Overall, the proposal identifies many areas for investments for our child care and our earliest learners, poverty, home visiting, Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs), home visiting and developmental screenings and paid family leave.  This proposal is a great starting point for the start of our budget negotiations.

The total proposal is for $209 billion, approximately $8 billion more than Governor Brown's final budget.    This includes over $2 billion to to support from Cradle to Career.  

Click here to download budget materials released to date.

  • Includes $750 million in one-time non-Proposition 98 funding to construct new or retrofit existing facilities for full-day kindergarten. 
  • Provides $124.9 million in non-Proposition 98 General Fund in 2019-20 and additional investments in the next two fiscal years to expand full-day State Preschool for non-profit providers, with the goal of providing access to all eligible low-income four-year olds by 2021-22.
  • Shifts $297.1 million in Proposition 98 funding for part-day State Preschool at nonschool sites to non-Proposition 98 General Fund. 
  • Includes $500 million in one-time General Fund to expand child care facilities and invest in education of the child care workforce. 
  • Provides $50 million in one-time General Fund to support pilot programs to develop models to create Child Savings Accounts for incoming kindergarteners
  • Proposes $10 million in General Fund for the State Board of Education, in consultation with the Department of Finance and the Department of Social Services, to develop a plan to provide universal preschool and a plan to improve access and quality of subsidized child care. 
  • Includes additional proposals related to early childhood care that are described in other sections, including funding for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ASEs) screenings, child care infrastructure at California State Universities, expanded Paid Family Leave, home visitation services, Black Infant Health Programs, Local Child Support Agency and increased CalWorks grants. 
CalWORKS 
  • Includes $347.6 million General Fund in 2019-20 and on-going to raise grants to 50 percent of the projected 2019 federal poverty level, effective October 1, 2019. The definition of grants that meet this status in the Governor's proposal differs from that which was adopted in the 2018 Budget. Full-year costs of this increase are estimated at $455.4 million. 
  • Includes $78.9 million (combined General Fund and federal funds) to provide home visiting services to an anticipated 16,000 eligible CalWORKs families in 2019-20. Approximately 15,000 cases are estimated to be served on an annual basis beginning in 2020-21.
Click here to register for the January 23, 2019 advocacy day to hear more about the details.

FEDERAL 

I f the government shutdown continues into February, there may not be sufficient funding for food assistance for SNAP  to provide full benefits for that month. The problem only gets worse if the shutdown continues into March.
As a result, millions of low-income households - including millions of poor children, parents, elderly people, and people with disabilities - could have their basic food assistance cut back substantially next month and then virtually eliminated altogether in March if the shutdown continues.
The President stated several days ago that the shutdown could go on for months or even years.  

What will happen in coming weeks with respect to SNAP thus is cause for very substantial concern.

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
Information from the Legislative Analyst's Office


The LAO has recently released a couple of reports of interest.

Child Care Attendance Records:  Comparing Paper and Electronic ProcessesThe Supplemental Report of the 2018-19 Budget Act required our office to identify the pros and cons of Alternative Payment agencies using a paper versus electronic process to collect monthly child care attendance records. This report fulfills this requirement.

Cal Facts 2018With a state as big, as populous, and as complex as California, quickly summarizing how its economy or state budget works is impossible. Instead, Cal Facts is a visual guide-using a variety of different charts-to the state's economy, revenues, and major program trends.

The Great Recession and California's Recovery.   Nearly ten years ago today, Governor Schwarzenegger's proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year projected a $42 billion deficit. This shortfall was stunning, but in fact, turned out to be optimistic. In the months that followed, the Governor released three more budget projections, each one addressing even larger shortfalls. California was called "ungovernable," "a wreck," and "a failed state."
Today, California's fiscal position is dramatically different. While the budget still faces challenges, the state has made undeniable progress: the Legislature has enacted budgets that consistently increased savings, addressed many of the state's outstanding debts, and most recently passed a budget with a higher level of reserves than the state has seen in decades. Few could have predicted this turnaround.

The 2019-20 Budget California's Fiscal OutlookIn anticipation of the upcoming state budget process, our office publishes California's Fiscal Outlook  each year. This year, the report is shorter and more focused, but we have supplemented it with a fuller discussion of the outlook for Proposition 98's minimum guarantee over the next several years. Additionally, we have provided shorter pieces in Health and Human Services and other areas.
  • The Budget Is in Remarkably Good Shape. It is difficult to overstate how good the budget's condition is today. Under our estimates of revenues and spending, the state's constitutional reserve would reach $14. 5 billion by the end of 2019-20. In addition, we project the Legislature will have an additional $14. 8 billion in resources available to allocate in the 2019- 20 budget process. The Legislature can use these funds to build more budget reserves or make new one-time and/or ongoing budget commitments. By historical standards, this surplus is extraordinary. 
  • Longer-Term Outlook Is Positive.  The nearby figure displays our longer-term General Fund outlook under two different scenarios and assuming current law and policies stay the same. The first scenario shows continuing economic growth and the second shows a recession beginning in 2020-21. If the economy continues to grow, as shown on the left side of the figure, the state has operating surpluses averaging around $4. 5 b illion per year, but declining over time. In the recession scenario, as shown on the right side, the state has enough reserves to cover its deficits over the outlook period. 
  • With More Commitments, Reserves Might Not Fully Cover the Budget Problem. Both of these scenarios assume the Legislature makes no new commitments (such as spending increases or tax reductions) in 2019-20 or later. That is, under these scenarios, the Legislature would use all of the nearly $15 billion in available resources in 2019-20 to build more reserves (reaching a total reserve level of about $30 billion by the end of 2019-20). If the Legislature makes new ongoing commitments in 2019-20, however, reserve levels under a recession scenario would be lower and the state would face higher operating deficits. Depending on the extent of these commitments, reserves might not fully cover a budget problem that emerges during a recession.
  • More Reserves Would Be Needed to Mitigate Reductions to School Funding.  In our Fiscal Outlook publications, we assume the state funds schools and community colleges at their minimum level. More explicitly, this means under our assumptions that General Fund spending on K- 14 e ducation declines even as the state maintains other programmatic spending using reserves. This assumption is in keeping with the publication's aim to show spending under current law and policy, which generally has been to fund schools and community colleges at the minimum required level. If instead the Legislature wanted to mitigate the impact on schools and spend above the minimum level, the state's operating deficits would be larger and more reserves would be needed to cover the budget problem.
  • The State's Budget Condition Can Change Quickly.  Our office has produced a Fiscal Outlook  every year since 1995. In dollar terms, the available surplus for 2019- 20 i s easily the largest our office has ever estimated. As a percent of overall revenues, it is second only to the estimated $10. 3 b illion surplus in 2001-02, which we projected in November 2000. However, as the state experienced in 2001, these fortunes can change quickly. In the dot-com bust and ensuing recession, state revenues declined precipitously. The very next year, our Fiscal Outlook  found the state's surplus had disappeared, and instead, the budget faced a deficit of $12. 4 b illion.
  • Legislature Has Unique Opportunity to Prepare for Coming Challenges.  In the coming years, the budget will face challenges. The most significant risk to our outlook is the economy, which could slow and result in billions of dollars in revenue losses annually. Decisions outside of the Legislature's control, for example by the federal government or state retirement systems, also can affect the state budget. The $ 15 b illion surplus we anticipate for 2019-20 gives the Legislature a unique opportunity to prepare for these  foreseen-and  other  unforeseen-challenges  still to come.
 
 
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
Select this Web link to start exploring the resources.
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.

Of Interest