Issue #1                                                 January 2, 2018
"Children Learning, Parents Earning, Communities Growing"
In 2018 CAPPA will continue our " Featured Agency" segment to 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 the most recent fire related 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 by  clicking here!
January 2018 Featured Agency of the Month:
Sierra Nevada Children's Services
Sierra Nevada Children's Services (SNCS)  is a  private, community-based nonprofit child care resource and referral agency that has served families, early care and education professionals, and the community since 1978. 
Our mission is to enrich the community by supporting quality child care and empowering families to aspire to lifelong success.
SNCS administers multiple programs to support parents, caregivers, and childcare providers in Nevada and Sierra Counties. 
  • SNCS administers several programs to help eligible families pay for childcare services while they work, look for work, attend school or recover from incapacity. Families can enroll through CalWORKs, Alternative Payment Program (CAPP), or Family Child Care Home (FCCHEN).
  • SNCS assists parents with childcare referrals, including consultation, support and assistance in finding a childcare provider that will meet the families' needs. Families can also find out about community resources through SNCS.
  • The Children's Community Chest Program provides a discretionary fund to meet the needs of children in Nevada County when there are no other community resources available. Typical requests include avoiding eviction, restoring power, family car repair and more.
  • Playgroups help parents, caregivers and children learn new skills by participating in activities with a trained facilitator who guides parents on the value of interactive play with their infants, toddlers and preschoolers. 
  • The Learning Center (TLC) contains a Lending Library and Play Space. Parents and childcare providers can choose from a variety of developmentally appropriate toys and materials for children of all ages. The Play Space is a popular community resource for families when not in use for Play Groups.
  • SNCS is active with offering community events, including quarterly Family Socials and Parent Advisory CafĂ©, Family Appreciation, and Provider Appreciation Day.
  • SNCS improves the quality and capacity of childcare in Nevada County by offering professional development workshops to providers. Through the Child Care Initiative Project, Family Child Care Providers receive financial support with licensing costs, start-up expenses and incentives according to their training hours.
  • Through the California Preventive Health and Safety Program, SNCS offers trainings, technical assistance, financial assistance, and health and safety incentives to all childcare providers in eight counties, including Nevada and Sierra counties.
*Big THANK YOU to Lourdes Vose for the submission
Quick Links
2017-18 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 Co-Chair
Jeffrey Moreira
Crystal Stairs, Inc.

Public Policy Co-Chair
Phillip Warner
Children's Council San Francisco 

Tina Barna
Choices for Children

Abby Shull
YMCA Childcare Resource Service 
Amanda Al Fartosi
KinderCare Education

Jeanne Fridolfs
Community Resources for Children
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
December 29, 2017
ALL COUNTY LETTER (ACL) 17-125.  Guidance exempts benefits and related allowances received from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for education, training, vocation or rehabilitation from consideration as income when determining CalWORKs eligibility and calculating grant amounts for veterans, dependents of veterans and spouses, under specified circumstances.
December 20, 2017
The State Advisory Council on Early Learning and Care (SAC) will now be meeting 3 times per year. The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 28, 2018. See future meeting dates 
December 5, 2017
The purpose of this All County Letter (ACL) is to notify the County Welfare Departments (CWDs) of changes to the federal and state Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs) benefiting low-income working families and individuals and their impact on the CalWORKs and CalFresh programs.
November 21, 2017
November 20, 2017
due December 1st
October 11, 2017
October 11, 2017
Subject: Digital Applications
Job Openings

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Children's Council of San Francisco
Child Care Coordinating Council, Inc. of San Mateo County

Crystal Stairs, Inc
International Institute Los Angeles

Go Kids, Inc., Gilroy

Teacher Assistant
International Institute of Los Angeles

Child Development Inc. is Hiring! See the Recruitment Flyer 
NEW! All new AP branding templates  from CAPPA's Branding Committee are now available for CAPPA members. 

Curriculum Development for Early Childhood Education 

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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. 
  • Click here to see the calendar.
  • If you have news to share or an event you want added to CAPPA's website Calendar, email us!
CAPPA Monday Morning Update Partner

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.  

To help support the continuation of this resource and or advertise in the Monday Morning Update, click 

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 
03-0521444. Your generous donation is tax deductible.
What's Happening
CAPPA's 2018 Priorities 
On Wednesday January 3rd, they're back!!  On that day, the legislature will reconvene to complete the second year of the two-year legislative cycle.  

On Wednesday, legislators can begin introducing new legislation.  This is in addition to  the 211 measures already calendared in the Assembly Daily and Senate Daily files, but only 88 are set for hearing in committee. 
  • By January 12, 336 fiscal bills still in their first house, need to be out of their policy committees.
  • Then, on January 19th 313 bills still in their house of origin must be out of any committee and be on the floor.
  • All of these bills have to be out of their house of origin by January 31st.
In the months since they have been gone, three legislators from the Assembly have resigned.  In the immediate, the resignations have cost the Democrats their supermajority in the Assembly.  This simply means that if legislation is needed that requires a 2/3rds vote in the Assembly, then some Republicans will need to be convinced.  When the vacancies are filled, it is anticipated that all will be filled by Democrats as all are seated within safe Democratic districts.

The California Assembly's newest legislator is Democrat  Wendy Carrillo, representing Assembly District 51.    Assemblywoman Carrillo is taking the seat of Jimmy Gomez, who was elected to the United States Congress earlier in 2017.   Carrillo's victory also boosts the number of women in the Legislature to 27 . Click here to see a video of Assmeblymember Carrillo's swearing in.

For the Senate, there are two senators that are facing harassment allegations and their fates are still undecided.

For 2018, putting the above aside, it is also an election year.  It is anticipated that highly visible legislation will be pursued to offset some of the federal actions that have been taken such as tax reform; in addition to affordable housing; disaster preparedness; health care and more.   Also, Governor Brown is in his final year.  Being a lame-duck governor, it is unclear whether the governor will prioritize issues in the past he has noted as important such as an overhaul of the state's pension structure, a  building of  "... new roads, and highways, and bridges, and airports, and tunnels, and railways..." , climate control and health care to name a few.

Also being closely watched is a federal case before the  to overturn the right of public employees who do not belong to a union be required to pay a fee to cover the union's costs to negotiate a contract that applies to all public employees.  Arguments on this case will begin on February 26, 2018.  

For child care and early education, our need and our ask is quite simple... 


  • Parents need access to 24 hour/7 days per week affordable child care options that meet the demands of full time employment.
  • Children need stable and enriching child care settings to attain greater educational outcomes.
  • Child care providers and teachers need to be reimbursed livable rates that value their profession and economic contributions.
  • Employers need a reliable workforce.
CAPPA's priorities will be:
  1. To restore infant and toddler slots
  2. To increase the total number of subsidized child care slots available to low income eligible parents of the over 1.2 million children denied access to care 
  3. To value all child care and early education providers and centers with rates that recognize the value of their contributions to children, while meeting the financial requirements of operating small businesses as state and local minimum wage increases
Click here to read CAPPA Policy Principles & Goal: Partnering in 2017-18.   To help support a coordinated ask from our field, CAPPA will contribute to the development of talking papers, sign on communications, and more.   The more coordinated we are in our asks and priorities, the better the outcomes for families and children.

State Budget Update
will be available to CAPPA Members and subscribers only.  On this new and improved webpage, CAPPA will begin hosting enhanced budget information and strategic communications.  Annual subscriptions will be available to non-members for $50/year. 

Register Today for CAPPA's Budget & Advocacy Day!
January 18, 2018
California Endowment, Sacramento
10:00am - 5:00pm 
The training will include:
  • Expert panel sharing their input, reactions and top priorities on the 2018-19 Governor's Budget.  
  • Reflecting on 17-18, what is the forecast for 2018-19, both for California and federally?
  • Legislative orientation on conducting visits with legislators.
  • Experience the legislative process  first-hand by spending the 2nd half of the day at the Capitol participating in legislative visits, educating lawmakers and advocating to make child care and early education a priority!  
Confirmed presenters include: 
    • Kristin Schumacher, California Budget and Policy Center
    • Brianna Bruns, Department of Finance 
    • Sarah Neville-Morgan, California Department of Education, Early Education & Support Division 
    • Mike Herald, Western Center on Law & Poverty
    • Seren Taylor, Assembly Republican Caucus
    • Edgar Cabral & Sara Cortez, LAO. 
Statewide Ballot Measures Update

NOTE:  The federal legislature will be back in session today.  Although  Speaker  Paul Ryan (R-WIS) noted in December that entitlement reform will be on the federal agenda for 2018, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) says it will not.  

December 21, 2017 -  McConnell, speaking at an event sponsored by Axios  on Thursday , said the lack of Democratic support for entitlement reform makes it highly unlikely that it will move through the Senate in an election year.

"I think the Democrats are not going to be interested in entitlement reform so I would not expect to see that on the agenda," McConnell said.

Eye on Early Childhood
(the following resources are courtesy of CLASP)

Of Interest
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Important Updates from the California Department of Education
  1. Opportunity to provide public input for the 2019-21 Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) State Plan.  Click here to view CDE Informational page.
  • First Public Hearing; Tuesday, January 16, 2018;                   9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Second Public Hearing; March 2018
  1. CDE has completed the recording of the FISCAL ESSENTIALS presentation that was presented by CDE staff at CAPPA's fiscal training in September and joint annual conference in October. It is now posted to the  CDE website.
  2. Given the change in statute regarding 12-month eligibility, children shall now be served until the end of their eligibility period, regardless of whether they turn 13 within their 12-month eligibility period. As a result, CDE has updated CDMIS so that reporting of 13 year olds will be accepted. 
Save the Date

 Join with Other Early Care and Education Advocates for Early Learning Advocacy Day.
Registration fee ($50) includes keynote presenter, education, morning snacks and lunch, followed by legislative visits. 

Confirmed Speaker:
Kristin Shumacher, Policy Analyst
California Budget and Policy Center
Kristin Schumacher joined the Budget Center as a policy analyst in 2013. Prior to joining the Budget Center, she taught public policy and public administration courses in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver and held research positions with the University and the Feminist Majority Foundation. She also worked in fundraising and development with the Colorado AIDS Project in Denver. She received a PhD in public affairs from the University of Colorado Denver and a master's degree in social work with an emphasis in policy and administration from the University of Texas, Austin.

Upcoming Events 

CAPPA Budget & Advocacy Day
January 18, 2018
California Endowment 
Adelante Meeting Room
1414 K Street, #500
Sacramento, CA 95814
10:00am - 5:00pm 

CAPPA invites you to join us for our Budget & Advocacy Day!  
The day will begin with an expert panel sharing their input, reactions and top priorities on the 2018-19 Governor's Budget.  Confirmed presenters include: 
  • Kristin Schumacher, California Budget and Policy Center
  • Brianna Bruns, Department of Finance 
  • Sarah Neville-Morgan, California Department of Education, Early Education & Support Division 
  • Mike Herald, Western Center on Law & Poverty
  • Seren Taylor, Assembly Republican Caucus
  • Edgar Cabral & Sara Cortez, LAO
We will then move into an orientation training about the legislative process and how to conduct visits with your representatives. 

In the afternoon, attendees will experience the legislative process 
first-hand by spending the 2nd half of the day at the Capitol participating in legislative visits, educating lawmakers and advocating to make child care and early education a priority.  

Schedule of Events
(You will receive a schedule, room assignments, and legislative advocacy packet when you check in.)
9:30am: Check in at the California Endowment- 1414 K Street,
                Suite 500, Sacramento, CA 95814

10:00am-11:45am: Opening remarks and budget panel discussions
11:45am-12:15pm: Legislative orientation  
12:15pm- 12:45pm: Lunch 
1:00pm-5:00pm: Legislative Visits
Important Update from Community  Care Licensing  Division
Community Care Licensing Division 
December 2017  Inspection Process Vision

As part of the Division's continuous quality improvement efforts, on December 13, 2017
introduced a concept that will enhance CCL's inspection tools fostering efficiencies, consistencies and ability to provide technical assistance to problem areas within the facility. CCL has rolled out a pilot program across their senior and adult care facilities that embody these new visions, and would like to give the child care field a heads-up that these new model of inspection will be forthcoming within a couple years or less across child care licensing. 
Handouts from the meeting were:  Final Inspection Handout  and
ALL NEW! 2018 Early Learning & Child Care Webinar Series 

All New for 2018!
Build or Add to your 
Resource Library!
This is Your Opportunity  to Receive Professional  Development in a Format  Convenient to You. 
CAPPA Children's Foundation, in partnership with MCT  Technology, brings you an ALL NEW Series of trainings, all for one low price 
per center or program location.
View the webinar series and be connected without ever leaving your location. This is a fabulous opportunity to train your staff on the most requested child care topics for 2018 at an affordable price in an 
incredibly convenient format. 
Click Here  to see more details and to  register for the all new 2018 series.
January 2018 Webinar:
Curriculum Development for Early Childhood Education 
Jamie Apostol, M.A., Faculty CSULB Departments of Child Development & Family Studies and Human Development  
During this webinar, you will learn how to equip, plan, and implement a developmentally appropriate curriculum and learning environment for young children. Explore techniques for practicing positive guidance, planning successful group experiences, and facilitating cultural diversity within the classroom setting. Emphasis is on developing a child-centered, integrated, and developmentally appropriate curriculum for the early years. A variety of curricular approaches will be modeled and assessed.

The 2010- 2017 series' are still available for purchase. Purchase the 2010, 2011 and 2012 webinar CDs for 50% off!! 
For more information or to view past topics,  Click Here.