Children's Resource & Referral of Santa Barbara County
Supportive Services, Inc.
Child Care Resource Center
Los Angeles & San Bernardino Counties
Past President & Public Policy Advisor
Mexican American Opportunity Foundation
Los Angeles & Monterey Counties
Public Policy Co-Chair
Gina Fromer- New Board Member
Children's Council of San
Public Policy Co-Chair
Darrell Hills- New Board Member
Crystal Stairs, Inc.
Los Angeles County
Membership Committee Chair
Napa County Office of Education
Nominating Committee Chair
Choices for Children
Alpine & El Dorado Counties
Valley Oak Children's Services
YMCA Childcare Resource Service
San Diego County
Family Resource &
Referral of San Joaquin County
Siskiyou Child Care Council
Central Valley Children's Services Network
Glenn County Office of Education
Tracey Strack- New Board Member
Child Action, Inc.
The representation of the CAPPA board spreads across all agency types and sizes, and represents voices from nearly every region in CaliforniaClick Here to see.
2020-2021 California State Budget
California Budget Update:
We have a budget!
BUDGET SIGNED! Governor Newsom signed a $202 billion 2020-2021 budget on June 29th, protecting child care provider rates and increasing access for California's working families. Specifically, the budget:
$73 million to provide an additional 90 days of child care for essential workers and at-risk children
Option to re-enroll families
Option to go beyond the additional 90 days if funding is available
$125 million for vouchers to keep families and providers supported
$62.5 million to fund providers based on the certified need and not on attendance
$62.5 million for one-time stipends for providers that accept vouchers during the COVID-19 pandemic
Supports real time notification to providers when a family seeks a change in provider
Framework to disperse additional federal funds if received to include:
$100 million for vouchers to extend child care services for prioritized families
$50 million for California State Preschool to increase capacity
$25 million to assist licensed childcare providers with costs associated with reopening due to COVID-19
Stipends for licensed family childcare homes
Alternative payment programs the ability to provider up to $5,000 per licensed family childcare home and up to $15,000 per licensed center-based childcare programs to support reopening
Finally, the budget actions also included transferring all CDE programs aside from the California State Preschool Program to DSS effective July 1, 2021. Programs transferring include:
Alternative payment programs
Migrant alternative payment programs
CalWORKs Stages 2 & 3
General childcare and development programs
The Child and Adult Food Program
Childcare facilities and workforce
Resource & Referral
Local Childcare Planning Councils
The California Child Care Initiative Program and childcare quality improvement projects
Development of the Childcare State Plan and receipt of Child Care Development Funds
For more information, go to CAPPA's budget page by clicking here.
SAVE THE DATE! July 23 2020 10:30am-12:00pm
Child Care & End Child Poverty in CA Virtual Advocacy Day Follow-up:
2020 Legislative Wrap-Up
On June 4, 2020, we came together as a group of over 250 advocates--child care, food programs, safety net, and anti-poverty champions--for our first all digital “Child Care and End Child Poverty CA Advocacy Day.” We learned, we advocated, and we briefed over 50 legislative offices on our policy and budget overviews that will keep families fed, housed, and cared for. On July 23rd, we'll come back for a follow-up to highlight anti-hunger, anti-poverty and child care legislation in California, with input from legislators, advocates, and policy groups. Don't miss this impactful day- invitation coming this week!
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California Legislative Updates
In the CAPPA Monday Morning Update, we will highlight a few of the bills identified as relevant to our field and/or to the families and children we serve. To see the more expansive listing of bills, click herewhere there are links to all of the bill along with factsheets and sample letters if available. If there is a piece of legislation that you would like to have noted for our field, please email.
Upcoming Legislative Deadlines:
Senate: July 2-July 13
Assembly: June 19-July 13
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.
To submit comments for inclusion in CAPPA response, email CAPPA.
NOTE: This package of regulations is essentially the same as was released in 2019. However, the clock ran out to get the language finalized by CDE and submitted to the Office of Administrative Law. Therefore, the process has begun again.
Coronavirus - Information & resources for our field
A number of bills have been introduced that include child care. Though we are thrilled at the attention on child care, we need to make sure that we’re being careful in how we’re messaging how these bills fit together to secure both the emergency relief the sector needs AND long-term sustainable investment that the sector deserves. Here is an overview of what’s on the table and the advocacy and framing we can all engage in as a coalition:
Child Care is Essential Act: Introduced in both the House and the Senate, this includes $50 billion in grants to providers through CCDBG. This is our top priority as it provides much needed emergency relief to stabilize the child care sector. We will be sharing talking points early next week that summarize the bill and why a stabilization fund through CCDBG is the right approach, but in the meantime here is a social media toolkit from CAP that may be helpful.
Coronavirus Child Care and Education Relief Act: On Tuesday, Senators Patty Murray and Chuck Schumer introduced the Coronavirus Child Care and Education Relief Act (CCCERA), which builds on the educational investments included in the CARES Act and would provide almost $430 billion in funding for child abuse and neglect prevention, child care, K-12 education, postsecondary education, and workforce development. In addition to $50 billion for the Child Care is Essential Act, which was introduced by Senators Murray, Smith, Warren, Casey, and Gillibrand and co-sponsored by 30 Senate Democrats, CCCERA also includes:
·$1.5 billion for child abuse prevention via the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA)
·Education Stabilization Fund (ESF) - $345 billion total; $175 billion for K-12 schools, $132 for higher education, and $33 billion for a Governor’s Fund to allow governors to allocate funds for needed educational services in areas hardest hit by COVID-19
·$12.9 billion in K-12 funding for Elementary and Secondary Education Act’s programs that provide support for schools with higher numbers of children from low-income families, migrant children and youth, and neglected and/or delinquent youth; $500 million in funding for the Education for Homeless Children and Youths program that supports students experiencing homelessness
·$12 billion for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
o $11 billion for K-12
o $500 million for infant and toddler programs
o $400 million for preschool programs
·$4 billion to enable schools to purchase discounted computers, tablets, internet services for students and educators
·Financial flexibility for HBCU endowments and capital financing
·$450 million for TRIO programs, which help unemployed and low-income adults earn high school credentials and apply for college
·$1 billion to increase access to adult education and literacy programs
·$1 billion to support state grants for career and technical education programs
·$2 billion to support community colleges and consortia to develop and scale career training programs that support high-skill, high-wage, or in-demand industry sectors and occupations
For a fact sheet and full summary, click here. To read the full bill text, click here.
Child Care is Infrastructure Bill: Introduced by Rep. Clark (D-MA) this bill provides:
·$10 billion over the next 5 years in grants to states, territories, and tribes for grants mostly for facility and other traditional infrastructure investments
§States have a matching requirement of 10%
§3% for direct payments to Territories
§3% for grants to Tribes
§Between 10-15% designated to intermediary organizations
·Loan assistance ($25 million annually, FY 2021-2026) and grants to pursue higher education contingent on a 5-year service obligation ($10 million annually, FY 2021-2016) for early educators
·An immediate and a long-term needs assessment of child care infrastructure
·Reauthorizes the Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) grant program at $200 million to fund campus-based child care facilities
·A GAO study on the tax credit for employer-provided child care to better understand why the credit is underutilized
·Requires consideration of early care and learning facilities as a “neighborhood asset” when evaluating applications for planning and implementation grants under Choice Neighborhoods Initiative (HUD)
This bill is complement to the Child Care is Essential Act. It would be a different pot of money, used largely for facilities and long-term infrastructure investment, while the CCE Act is about immediate relief to save our child care system now, especially to cover the operating costs of providers who are closed or those who are open. This LIIF statement has talking points for endorsement of Child Care is Infrastructure, and helps distinguish why it could be supplementary- not a substitute- for the $50 billion.
HR-2 Moving Forward: Introduced this past week in the House, this more than 1.5 trillion funding package includes a 5-year $10 billion child care infrastructure fund (taken from Clark’s Infrastructure bill).
Child Care for Economic Recovery Act: House Dems from the Ways and Means committee introduced the Child Care for Economic Recovery Act- a 51 page legislation that extends greater tax benefits for child care expenses, provide support for providers, and boost federal funding. Specifically, the bill:
·Expands the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit and Dependent Care FSA (also called the DCAP or the cafeteria plans), along the lines of what was in the HEROES Act that passed the House earlier this month
·Creates a new tax credit to help employees access child care and a new refundable payroll tax credit for providers
·Expands the employee retention tax credit
·Increases child care mandatory funding through the Child Care Entitlement to States by $10b each year for the next 4 years
·Includes the $850m for family care through SSBG that was in HEROES
·Provides $10b for child care facilities needs, which were in Rep. Clark’s bill I
The message here is that this package is an important complement to the Child Care is Essential Act. The CCE Act would provide the immediate direct assistance and policy changes needed for our system to weather this crisis, and the W&M bill provides tax solutions to complement those investments as well as longer-term mandatory funding for CCDBG and child care facilities investments that will serve as a critical funding foundation to help our system rebound from this crisis in the coming years.
Next Package & Continued Advocacy: We are hearing that McConnell is not going to introduce another package until after the July 4th recess- most likely 7/20. We’ve heard that the package will be smaller than the HEROES bill, making it difficult to fit in all the needed funding in child care, state and local fiscal relief, housing and other issue areas. That means that in the next couple of weeks, we need to put pressure on the Senate to increase the size of the package and target relief to the most in need, including to secure the at least $50 billion in child care funding needed to save our system. We encourage everyone to reach out to their delegation members, particularly in the Senate. Attached is a list of some key House and Senate targets. The makeup of your delegation will determine the strategy. Here are some guidelines based on Hill intel we’ve gotten that will be helpful:
·Republicans who are in leadership – educate them on the scope of the need, especially how child care is impacting by states reopening and the cascading impact of limited K-12 availability in the fall, and the structure of the stabilization fund through the exiting pathway of the CCDBG being the right mechanism.
·Republicans who are not in leadership positions – do the education above and make sure to ask them to weigh in with leadership that child care funding needs to be a priority in the next package (and if you can talk to them about $$$, do it!)
·Democrats who are in leadership – educate them about the Child Care is Essential Act, and why at least $50B in direct assistance through a stabilization fund (that goes through CCDBG) need to be in the next package.
·Democrats who are already cosponsoring the CCE Act – ask them to continue to raise awareness publicly, weigh in with other members to get them on the bill, and ask them to weigh in with leadership that this is a priority for the next fight.
·Democrats who are not cosponsoring the CCE Act – educate them about the funding needs and the bill, and see if you can get them to cosponsor
As you do this outreach, you may get questions about why PPP is not the solution for child care or questions about states not spending down all their CARES money. Here are some topline TPs to consider on these points.
·In response to attempts to point to PPP as an alternate solution, consider the following:
o PPP can be helpful in providing a bridge for *some* providers; however, it is not the solution for child care. Many providers were unable to apply, or receive the loan, and because it only covers roughly 2 months of expenses, even providers who received a PPP loan continue to have ongoing resource needs.
·In response to concerns that states that some states have not yet spent all of CARES funding, consider the following:
o Some states held off on spending due to anticipation of a second wave of COVID-19 cases and needing to stretch the money.
o Not spending CARES money does not signal lack of dire need, but rather a scarcity mentality and being uncertain of future federal funding for child care.
Economists’ Letter to Congress on $50B for Child Care
CAP coordinated a letter from more than 100 economists published anopen letter to congress, naming child care as “an essential precondition to a successful economic recovery” and calling on Congress to pass the Child Care is Essential Act.
Join or Renew with CAPPA Today!
Membership Joining and Renewal Time is Here!
Your membership in CAPPA is one of the best investments you can make in your business. Don't wait another minute! Join or renew today and take advantage of all the benefits of membership. Lend your voice to CAPPA's advocacy and get first-hand information about the state of child care issues in California and nationally.
During these times of uncertainty, CAPPA is increasing support to our members every step of the way. We have asked of our CAPPA team to be available, to be flexible and simply to be there when needed. As member agencies and valued stakeholders balancing the needs of different contract types, services and being fully accountable to working families, we rely on each other for ideas and peer support. Together we have a rich history with our field to rise to the challenge of obstacles put in our way and to be with you to overcome those obstacles. Moving forward, our resolve has not been weakened, but strengthened.
Whether you are an agency, a center, an advocacy organization, a family child care home provider or a parent, CAPPA will support your voice being heard. Together, our focus will be to strengthen the child care and early learning delivery infrastructure while demanding more access to these services for California's working families. We are stronger together!
In this next year, we know that our agencies, our staffs’ and the families and children we support will be stretched thin. Based on what we are experiencing now, and hearing from you on what you need from CAPPA, we are committing to you that ongoing and consistent information will become our norm. For as long as the immediate uncertainty exists, CAPPA will commit to at least weekly opportunities for our membership to come together.
An uplifting way to start the week, for those of us who need a break from the chaos that is our lives.
During this time where we are all stressed, it would be great to celebrate the positive. Each week we will celebrate everyday heroes, inspiring movements and great things happening in our field.
With record numbers of individuals experiencing unemployment due to the COVID-19 families are struggling financially. Community Alternative Payment Programs are hubs of support for families in a variety of different ways. One of the most urgent needs for families is affordable diapers. In San Diego County, Child Development Associates (CDA) was one of 6 agencies who received over 200 boxes of diapers to distribute to families in need. This was possible thanks to the support of San Diego for Every Child and the San Diego Food Bank. In July, CDA will be having a diaper distribution event for families in the Alternative Payment Program. Check out some photos from our diaper pick-up event.
Let us knowwhat your organization is doing, we would love to feature you in the coming weeks!
CDE Information & Updates
Fiscal Year 2020-21 COVID-19 New Guidance to the Field
On June 29, 2020, Governor Newsom signed AB 89, the Budget Act of 2020-21, and SB 98, the Education Omnibus Trailer Bill. While the MBs listed above expired on June 30, 2020, some of the directives from them will continue, or continue in slightly different form, due to the Budget Act.
To implement the 2020-21 Budget Act provisions around COVID-19 and other needed guidance within CDE’s existing authority, the CDE will be releasing MBs covering the following topics:
Guidance regarding a fiscal hold harmless, navigating local rules regarding ratios and group size, emergency closures, and distance learning guidance for direct service contracts.
Guidance regarding a fiscal hold harmless for AP providers by reimbursing at the certified need
Guidance regarding how families currently enrolled in Emergency Childcare can continue to be served and how eligible families will be prioritized for transition into longer-term early learning and care programs
Guidance regarding Resource and Referral agencies and Local Planning Councils
Guidance regarding extending certain procurement provisions of MB 20-08a, in a reissued MB or other guidance.
Contractors are hereby advised not to create new policies or practices to implement the provisions of the Budget Act listed above under “New Guidance to the Field” until they receive MB directives from the ELCD.
Management Bulletin 20-13
Subject: Family Fee Schedule for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020-21
Attention: Executive Directors and Program Directors of All Subsidized Early Learning and Care Programs except the Severely Handicapped Program
Management Bulletin 20-13 is available at: https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/ci/mb2013.asp, and notifies contractors of the FY 2020-21 Family Fee Schedule that will become effective July 1, 2020, and provides guidance on recalculating family fees for currently enrolled families.
If you have questions regarding the information in these Management Bulletins, please contact your assigned Program Quality Implementation Regional Consultant on the ELCD Consultants Regional Assignments web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/ci/assignments.asp.
Upcoming CAPPA Events
Workplace Wellness Academy ™
An online course to help increase your well-being at work and in life.
With stress and anxiety on the rise, there is no better time than now to focus on wellness. This 2 hour online course equips you and your staff with 20+ tools for less stress and more success.
CAPPA and Generation Wellness have partnered to bring you this course for half price (member). Register now to learn new strategies and feel empowered during these stressful times.
Here's What's Covered in the Workplace Wellness Academy:
Brain/Body Response to Stress- Explore the latest neuroscience and effects of stress and trauma.
Emotional First-Aid- Learn simple strategies to self-regulate during stressful situations or traumatic events.
Self-Care Practices- Create a self-care toolkit and resiliency plan.
Energy-Audit and Scheduling- Increase energy through auditing activities, goal-setting, and time blocking.
Workplace Wellness- Create foundational practices that cultivate connection and well-being in the workplace.
Bonuses- Complete the course in 30 days and access bonuses.
These Regional Meetings provide many rich opportunities to develop community and engage and learn from one another - we are committed to providing a space to do this, online, this July. Take advantage of this chance to collaborate with other agencies and learn about a variety of hot topics-ALL staff are encouraged to attend.
This series will be delivered in a format that is very participatory.
We encourage all participating to come with questions, as well as samples for each of the topics that will be discussed.
Topics to include:
Best Practices Session (10:00am-10:45am)
How to work with families and meet CDE requirements in this remote world.
12-Month Eligibility Regulations (input due July 27th)
Federal IPIA and GAU Discussion
2020-21 Funding Terms and Conditions
Health & Safety Training Requirements
Attendance vs. Invoicing
Digital vs. Electronic
CAPPA Budget and Legislative Discussion and Updates
Outcome of Enactment of State Budget- what is still to come?
Update on Child Care Provider Union
Issues in AB 2883
Peer-to-Peer Networking Session (11:30am-12:00pm)
This portion of the agenda will allow attendees to share their successful strategies, tools and ideas.
July 14th- Region 1
July 15th- Region 2
July 21st- Region 3
Refer to the Region Map on the registration page to see what region your agency is in.
Network and CAPPA Joint Annual Conference 2020 Goes Virtual!
While we would certainly like to develop an amazing, in-person 2020 Joint R&R/CAPPA Conference for all of you this fall, what is in the best interest of everyone involved and with the anticipation that no large events will be allowed in the State of California in 2020, we will not be providing an in-person conference at the DoubleTree Hotel September 16-18, 2020.
We will certainly miss being able to come together in-person to share and gain information and to meet and connect with colleagues and workshop presenters. What the R&R Network and CAPPA will be able to do is create a virtual conference opportunity this fall and hope that as many R&R and AP staff as possible will be able to participate. The Joint Conference Committee met on June 4th to discuss plans for the virtual event. We want to create a conference event that meets as many of our members' needs as possible given the parameters that virtual conferences/workshops have. Now, perhaps more than ever, it is important for our community to stay connected, stand united, and meet this challenge 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. We are talking with other organizations that have conducted or are planning virtual events. We are reading articles and learning about companies that support virtual conferences. We look forward to using all of this information to create a virtual conference event that informs, inspires, and promotes connections between colleagues from around the state.
As plans for the virtual 2020 Joint Conference event unfold, we will provide you with updated information. If you have ideas or suggestions for this virtual conference, please contact Cindy Mall, Cmall@rrnetwork.org or Danielle Metzger,
Hotel Room Cancellations: If you made reservations at the DoubleTree, you must cancel your own reservations. This is not something that is done automatically through their reservations system.
If you do not cancel your reservation, you will be charged a no-show fee on the original date of arrival. To do that, please call reservations at 1-800-686-3775 or contact the hotel directly, 916-929-8855.
If you made reservations at the Hilton, those rooms should have been automatically cancelled, but let us know if you would like us to check on that.
Until then, stay healthy, be safe, and take good care.
"Caring for children during Covid-19 has meant wrenching choices for many, but Frances Ber hardly saw a choice at all.
Ber manages the social services department at Paradise Valley Hospital in National City, California, a job that now includes finding isolation housing for Covid-19 patients and connecting grieving families with mortuaries.
Ber's also a single mom to a 5-year-old boy.
"It came as a shock when I got the text message from his school, saying 'You have to pick up your kid as soon as possible,'" Ber said. "I'm like: panic mode."
That was March 13, and the ensuing months have stretched Ber's finances and energy. She can't work from home. A day camp for children for essential workers closed after two months. Now, her son is enrolled in a camp that ends in August, weeks before his elementary school is supposed to open."
The Resource Connectionis committed to client satisfaction with an emphasis on being proactive is our primary priority. Along with this commitment it is our goal to give every client the individual attention and personalized service with expertise and knowledge. We strive to provide our families with the highest quality service in the industry.
The Resource Connection, formerly Human Resources Council (HRC), is a 32-year-old Amador and Calaveras based nonprofit organization providing services and programs in three critical areas: children and families, nutrition, and prevention and intervention. The Resource Connection is governed by a volunteer board of directors and staffed by 150 employees at 16 sites throughout the two counties.
NoHo Software has an IMMEDIATE opening for a smart and dependable person who is seeking a secure, long-term opportunity. NoHo is a 33-year old software development company, and is California's leading provider of management software tools for state funded subsidized
childcare programs. Most of our employees have been with the company for 10-20 years, which says a lot about what it's like to work at NoHo Software. We make having a good work/life balance a priority for everyone at NoHo Software.
We're seeking someone with experience in the subsidized child care industry - preferably
someone who is familiar with NoHo Software (or similar management software), to serve as our Product Training and Documentation Specialist.
Our commitment to you is to have scheduled at least once per week a call wherein we can all connect. As questions arise, forward them to CAPPA so that we can address them on these calls. Look for a weekly email to register. Recording and Q&A will also be posted on the Member's Only page.
CAPPA has been working on Best Practices and policies to support you during this challenging time.
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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