"Children Learning, Parents Earning, Communities Growing"
July 25, 2022 | Issue #30
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Network and CAPPA 2022 Virtual Joint Conference: Registration Now Open!
Register Today!
Each attendee will register for the conference with their own email address in order to gain access to the Virtual Conference Platform. 
 
Register Online HERE.
 
Workshops
A workshop program will be available soon. Here is a sample of what will be offered this year:
Workshop Strands
Executives & Managers, Demanding Racial and Economic Justice, Working with Providers, Strengthening Families/Trauma-informed Care, Promoting Self-Care and Resilience, AP Administration, Health and Safety/Supporting Providers, Building Knowledge in the Child Care Field/Professional Growth, Working with Children/Emerging Issues
Here are just a few of the 60+ Workshop Topics that will be offered:
  • ECE Compensation and the Economic Impacts on Early Educators
  • Succession Planning
  • Envisioning Change – What Works/What’s Needed For Closing The Racial Gap For Black ECE
  • Introducing the Protective Factors Framework to Strengthen the Families You Serve
  • Stress, Strategies and Strengths
  • Funding Terms & Conditions Overview
  • Income Calculation
  • Passport to Success: Creating Meaningful Professional Development for Providers
  • Learning the Ins and Outs of 211
  • Emergency Child Care Bridge Evaluation: Linking Early Child Care and Child Welfare Systems for the Benefit of Children in Foster Care
  • Strategies to Engage Families In-Person and Virtually in your Community/ The KEY to family engagement is creating new connections
Exhibitor and Sponsor Information
For Members of the Network and/or CAPPA: See the Member Sponsorship Packet Here.

2022 Conference
The Time is Now! Save the Date and join your peers for an amazing virtual event! We will continue to miss being able to come together in-person to share and gain information, and to meet and connect with colleagues and workshop presenters. We want to once again create a conference event that meets as many of our members’ needs as possible through virtual sessions and workshops. We know how important it is for our community to stay connected, stand united, and continue to meet challenges together.
While we won’t be able to meet in-person, what we hope to offer in a thoughtful, user-friendly manner, are keynote presentations, workshops, networking opportunities, and connection time with vendors. With no travel and flexibility, we look forward to new opportunities for R&R Network and CAPPA members from across the state, as well as state partners, joining us as we collectively support our children, families and communities.
Virtual Conference Details
The format will be very similar to 2021. Workshops will be both live and on-demand, with some speakers available for live discussion during their scheduled presentation time. The Virtual Exhibit Hall will run the full conference with links to company videos, materials on the platform, and live chat and meeting opportunities. We will also be incorporating more networking opportunities to connect you with your peers. Post conference, workshop sessions will be recorded and available for viewing for one whole month. This will provide additional learning opportunities for conferees following the conference dates.
 
We hope you can join us virtually!
Is Parental Choice is Honored in California's Child Care System?
by Denyne Micheletti Colburn, CEO of CAPPA

Amongst the most important choice a parent may be called to make is who will care for their children while they work.

Families contemplating care take into account many factors before choosing the right setting for their children. Obviously a top consideration is the cost. Aside from that is care that best meets the needs of the family which may be child care needed in the evenings, weekends or during school holidays. Other considerations such as care that is culturally and linguistically understandable to the parent too is important.

California's child care system has a patchwork of quality child care providers for parents to consider. This menu includes licensed family child care homes, child care centers that may be operated by community-based organizations, school districts, religious interests or private businesses, or family, friend or neighbor care that can be provided in the child's or child care provider's home by a person who is a relative, friend, neighbor or other license-exempt provider.

Every family has a different set of criteria to consider before choosing care. Therefore, the evolution of California's child care delivery system had been driven by providing parents with meaningful choices for care. The choices for child care took into account the needs of the family as well as the needs of the child. There was an emphasis on supporting parents of all income levels, race and demographics with fair and equitable access to care that took into account the needs of the family.

That is why there is so much concern about Governor Newsom signing into law the expansion of funded child care for three and four year olds but only if provided by a school district. This restrictive direction takes away choices from parents who may need care outside of school hours, have multiple children or children with special needs and disregards the family needs. Unfortunately, it goes farther than just disregarding the needs of parents and families. This new course actually eliminiates many child care choices for families to access.

How?

The signage of the new law secured that the expansion of child care is only adequately funded if delivered through the schools via a publicly funded school based workforce. It is putting out of business many family child care homes and centers that have supported communities for decades. Additionally, the expansion has created a tidal wave of resignations from the private child care market going to the public schools where wages and benefits far out pace anything that the private sector could offer.

Unfortunately, although parents should have the choice to choose any child care that they believe best meets their needs, the child care cliff that California is racing towards takes away their choices. All that are reading this should be concerned that the once properous California that lifted up the needs of all families and supported parents with a menu of child care options are now being stipped of their choices. That is unless the choice is to have child care provided by the public school system during school hours but not in the evenings, weekends or during school holidays or breaks.