"Children Learning, Parents Earning, Communities Growing"
Issue #22                                                        June 1, 2020
THIS THURSDAY! Join us for our first *ALL VIRTUAL* Child Care & End Child  Poverty Advocacy Day on June 4!  ALL ARE WELCOME!!!
On June 4, 2020,  we're coming together as 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."

Our landscape has shifted significantly.   Let's  raise our unified voices  in  support  of  California's kids and families! The needs are urgent and we want to provide both immediate relief and solutions to build back better.  On June 4th, we'll advocate for budget proposals that keep families fed, keep child care providers open, and commit to lifting families out of poverty. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, unmet need is growing exponentially, yet California is facing an unprecedented budget deficit: we need our decision makers in Sacramento to hear from the field on the impact of this pandemic, and what supports need to be improved during recovery.   Don't miss this impactful day of action!

The day will start with an advocate training online for community members, partner organizations, and anyone interested in learning more about these issues. The training will include overviews on the budget asks that our field is facing, and we will hear from policy experts and legislative staff on the work being done prior to the June 15th budget deadline. Following the training, we will hold a series of Legislative Briefings to inform legislators and their staff about the impact of this budget on child care and food and safety net programs. We will then give attendees the opportunity to reach out to their legislators individually, via phone and/or email to elevate the priority asks. We will close out the day with a community wide Twitter Storm! 

Planned Schedule of Events
All events will take place virtually. A packet of information and applicable Zoom links will be sent prior to 6/4. 

Wednesday, June 3, 11am: Twitter chat hosted by CAPPA and End Child Poverty CA

Thursday, June 4
9:00-10:00am: Advocate Training via Zoom 
10:00am-5:00pm: Individual Legislative Follow Up ( on own via phone/email)
10:30am-11:30am: Legislative Briefing #1 
1:30pm-2:30pm:  Legislative Briefing #2
3:00pm-4:00pm:  Twitter Storm 

A BIG Thank You to Our Event Supporters!



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We welcome any organization that would like to be included in this event. 
If interested in partnering with us,  please let us know!
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CAPPA's monthly "Featured Agency" segment will continue for 2020, highlighting the 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. 

If you would like to be featured, 
please email us!
June 2020 Featured Agency of the Month
Children's Home Society of California

For over 129 years, Children's Home Society of California (CHS) has adapted to the changing needs of children and families. Since 1891, CHS has worked diligently to protect our community's children and strengthen their families through diverse programs and services.The mission of CHS is to reach out to children and families at risk with a range of services that ensure every child the opportunity to develop within a safe, healthy, and secure environment.  
To fulfill our mission, CHS provides a variety of services to children and families in California and nationwide - working to improve their quality of life by offering vital informational, educational, and resource services, which include Early Learning and Education Programs, our Family Education Program, the Oakland Family Resource Center, the Orange County Neighborhood Resource Network, and additional family resource services. Along with helping children and their families, CHS is an expert resource for child care providers, other social service agencies, and government agencies at the local, state, and national level.
Early Learning and Education Programs
The overall goals of Early Learning and Education Programs (ELEP) are to assist low-income parents in achieving self-sufficiency, to promote quality child care by providing resources and training to child care providers, and to provide education and resources to parents.
In Fiscal Year 2017, ELEP, CHS's largest service area, provided services in six communities throughout the state, including providing child care services for over 5,900 children, and support to families by responding to over 11,000 requests for child care referrals and technical assistance. ELEP also provides support to families and children of all ages.
Early Learning and Education Programs include the following:
Child Care Resource & Referral Program
The Child Care Resource and Referral (R&R) Program provides supportive child development services. Through this program, CHS provides parents with referrals to licensed child care, educates parents regarding choosing quality child care, and provides parent and provider education through newsletters, workshops, a resource library, and ongoing resource distribution.
Child Care Payment Program
The Child Care Payment Program (CCPP) provides subsidized child care services to eligible families through general Alternative Payment and CalWORKs funding. Through these programs, participating families select the licensed or license-exempt child care provider of their choice, as parents work, seek employment, or attend school or job training programs.
Family Child Care Home Education Network (FCCHEN)
The Family Child Care Home Education Network (FCCHEN) provides eligible families subsidized child care services with the enhanced component of a collaborative partnership between the parent, child care provider, and CHS. Providers in licensed family child care homes receive ongoing training and technical assistance from CHS. Together, strategies and goals are discussed that will promote each child's optimal development.
Additional programs CHS offers:
Post Adoption Program
For more than a century, CHS adoption services brought thousands of children and families together. We now assist CHS adult adoptees, birth parents, and adoptive parents of minors seeking post adoption information and services.
Family Education Program
The Family Education Program offers free brochures, podcasts, interactive materials, newsletters, and workshops on various parenting topics. Materials are available in English, Korean, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.
Quick Links
Job Opportunity Highlight
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.
Click on the link  above to learn more!


CAPPA Member Only Benefits
CAPPA Member Benefits now available on the COVID-19 Members Only website: 

NEW! In response to requests, the required CDE COVID-19 forms for essential workers have been translated into Spanish 


COVID-19 twice Weekly Zoom Calls:
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. 

Best Practices
CAPPA has been working on Best Practices and policies to support you during this challenging time.
Visit the Member's Only website to view today!


Sample of webinars available on the Member's only website:

Visit the  CAPPA Member's Only website  for more information on this webinar series and other benefits available to CAPPA Members.  
 
CAPPA's 
2019-20 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

Members-at-Large
Gina Fromer
Children's Council  of San Francisco 

Darrell Hills
Crystal Stairs, Inc. 

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

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

May 22, 2020
COVID-19 Guidance to Procurements and Audits
May 14, 2020
April 24, 2020
COVID-19 Guidance on Emergency Closures
April 17, 2020
COVID-19 Guidance regarding Family Child Care Home Education Networks
Management 20-09:  COVID-19 Guidance on Program Self-Evaluation, Contract Monitoring, and Program Quality Requirements
COVID-19 Guidance on Procurement and Audits
April 15, 2020
COVID-19 Guidance to California Resource and Referral Programs and Local Planning Councils
April 14, 2020
COVID-19 Guidance regarding Emergency Childcare Services for Essential Workers and At-Risk Populations
April 9, 2020
COVID-19 Guidance regarding Emergency Childcare Services for Essential Workers and At-Risk Populations
April 8, 2020
April 6, 2020
March 26, 2020
Job Openings

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Non-members will be charged a fee of $75.
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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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 
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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 
03-0521444. Your generous donation is tax deductible.
Of Interest
2020-21 California State Budget
CALIFORNIA BUDGET UPDATE
Senate Budget Committee Rejects SRR & RMR Proposed 10% Cuts!

THANK YOU to Senator Holly Mitchell for her leadership! 
On Thursday, the Senate Budget & Fiscal Review Committee unanimously rejected the proposed cuts to the SRR & RMR. This is a great step towards ensuring that child care providers are able to continue serving California's families now and always- but we still have a ways to go! To see specifics related to the Senate budget package, click here. 

Coronavirus - Information & resources for our field

On Friday,   Governor Newsom has signed Executive Order 66-20  to extend for 60 days following the date of enrollment of essential workers.  So if you enrolled a family today, that family would have 60 days to of support with the existing funds.   Bottom line, these funds can roll across contract year just like your CAPP dollars.  Please be aware at this time there are no additional dollars for these enrollments so please make sure to have enrollments budgeted for accordingly.

Paragraph 1 of Executive Order N-45-20 is withdrawn and superseded by the following text:
 
In order to facilitate the continued provision of child care during the COVID-19 outbreak, any provision in Articles 1 through 11, 12, 15.5 through 18, 20, and 21 of Chapter 2 of Part 6 of Division 1 of the Education Code and implementing regulations in Chapter 19 and 19.5 of Division 1 of Title 5, California Code of Regulations, that restricts a child care and development program impacted by COVID-19 from serving children of essential critical infrastructure workers, as described this document  posted is suspended through June 30, 2020 (or, for families enrolled in non- CalWORKS early learning and care services, for 60 days following the date of the child's enrollment pursuant to Paragraphs 2 and 3 of Executive Order N-47-20, whichever is longer), on the condition that services are provided consistent with an informal directive or bulletin issued by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction pursuant to SB 117 (Chapter 3, Statutes of 2020) and that costs associated with all services provided pursuant to the informal directive or bulletin are within the budget authority of the California Department of Education.

Additionally, family fees are extended for 6- days from the date of this order (July 29).

On tomorrow's CAPPA Member Call, we will thoroughly go through the EO 66-20 in addition to the anticipated updated MB 20-04(a).  Register and have your questions ready.  To make sure your questions as addressed, email to CAPPA.

CAPPA is supporting our field with coordinated information for all to use here. If you have a resource to share and or a question, email.
The Weekly Good
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. 

Last week,  Crystal Stairs, Inc.  partnered with the Los Angeles Dodger Foundation and the Salvation Army to uplift families and childrenneed  with family food boxes and gift cards!                                
 
Let us know  what your organization is doing, we would love to feature you in the coming weeks!
California 

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 here where 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 .  

Updated 5/6/2020 Tentative 2020 Legislative Calendar - subject to change 

 
Senate  
Assembly  
Last day for policy committees to report nonfiscal bills to the floor (1st house) 
June 5 
May 29 
Last day for Appropriations to report fiscal bills to the floor (1st house) 
June 19 
June 5 
Last day for bills to pass the floor of the first house 
June 26 
June 19 
Summer Recess 
July 2 - July 13 
June 19 - July 13 
Last day for policy committees to report fiscal bills to Appropriations (2nd house) 
July 31
(both houses) 
Last day for policy committees to report nonfiscal bills to the floor (2nd house) 
August 7 
(both houses)
Last day for Appropriations to report fiscal bills to the floor (2nd house) 
August 14
(both houses) 
Last day for bills to pass the floor of the second house 
August 31  
(both houses)
Last day for the Governor to sign or veto bills 
Sept 30 
(both houses

UPCOMING HEARINGS:  
  • Monday June 1 @ 2:00pm SEN Appropriations
  • Tuesday June 2 @9am ASM Appropriations 
  • Wednesday June 3 @4pm ASM Appropriations- Suspense File 
    • AB 1845 (L. Rivas) Homelessness: Office to End Homelessness.
    • AB 1929 (Rubio) Child abuse and neglect reporting
    • AB 2058 (Gabriel) Income taxes: credits: low-income housing.
    • AB 2345 (Gonzalez) Planning and zoning: density bonuses: affordable housing.
    • AB 2883 (Quirk-Silva) Childcare services: alternative payment programs: direct deposits: reserve funds.  CAPPA'S SPONSORED BILL 
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.
What's Happening
Early Childhood Policy Council: next meeting June 8, 2020
RSVP for the third meeting of the Early Childhood Policy Council!
   
 
Monday, June 8, 2020
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. PST
 
For those who would like to participate:
Register in advance for this meeting here

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
 
Meeting materials:
A meeting agenda will be posted prior to the meeting here  
 
2020-21 Federal Budget & Policy Updates

DeLauro, Scott, Murray, Members Introduce $50 Billion Child Care Stabilization Fund Legislation
May 27, 2020 
Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - (May 27, 2020) Today, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), Chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, introduced new legislation, the  Child Care is Essential Act, to create a $50 billion Child Care Stabilization Fund within the existing Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) program. As businesses begin to re-open and working families need child care, many providers across the country remain shut down or are operating with significantly  reduced capacity. Child care providers that are able to stay open are struggling to cover their increased operating costs with limited revenue, and many are at risk of permanent closure.  Recent estimates from the National Women's Law Center show that it would take at least $9.6 billion per month to keep current child care providers in business.
The new Child Care Stabilization Fund would provide grant funding to child care providers to stabilize the child care sector and support providers to safely reopen and operate. These grants would help child care providers and working families by:
  • Ensuring that the grants adequately support providers' operating expenses and funding gets to them quickly;
  • Requiring that providers continue to pay their staff;
  • Providing tuition and copayment relief for working families;
  • Promoting health and safety through compliance with public health guidance;
  • Prioritizing providers that serve underserved populations;
  • Ensuring grants are awarded equitably across child care settings; and
  • Conducting oversight through robust reporting requirements.
Upcoming CAPPA Events
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.  We will be having a Joint Conference Committee meeting 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,  Danielle@cappaonline.com.
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. 

Visit the Conference Web page   for more information.
Upcoming Field Events
2020 Early Math Symposium
Friday, June 26, 2020
 
There's no stopping us - Math, live in your living room!  Registration is open!
 
This year's Early Math Symposium will focus on fun, creativity, and discovery while supporting the mathematical development of all young children! Please join us online Friday, June 26. 
CDE Information & Updates
Early Childhood Policy Council Meeting June 8, 2020
 
Please join us for the third meeting of the Early Childhood Policy Council.
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. PST
 
For those who would like to participate. 
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
  Meeting materials:
A meeting agenda will be posted 10 days prior to the meeting at: https://www.chhs.ca.gov/home/committees/early-childhood-policy-council/
Fiscal Year 2020-21 Contract Information
 
The CDE, ELCD and Child Development and Nutrition Fiscal Services (CDNFS) office has received questions from contractors about when the Early Learning and Care contracts for 2020-21 will be sent to contractors. The information below pertains specifically to the following CDE contracts: Alternative Payment Program (CAPP), Migrant Child Care (CMIG and CMAP), California State Preschool Program (CSPP), General Child Care (CCTR), Family Child Care Home Education Networks (CFCC), Care for Children with Severe Disabilities (CHAN), and CalWORKs Stages 2 and 3 (C2AP and C3AP).
 
Agencies holding these CDE contracts can expect to receive fiscal year 2020-21 contracts by June 1. These contracts will not reflect any of the proposed changes in the May Revise. While the changes in the May Revise are proposed changes to the budget, contractors should review what has been proposed and assess their current financial situation to make informed decisions and plan accordingly. Once the final budget is enacted, any changes made in the final budget will be reflected in contract amendments. The CDE will process Budget Act amendments, which will incorporate all changes to funding. Budget Act amendments are typically released in September.
 
If you have any questions regarding this correspondence, please contact your assigned CDNFS fiscal analyst from the CDNFS Fiscal Apportionment Analyst Directory at https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/cd/faad.asp.
Subject: Quality Counts California Workforce Pathways Grant Request for Applications Release 
 
Quality Counts California (QCC) Workforce Pathways Grant Request for Applications (RFA) Release
The CDE, ELCD is announcing the release of the Quality Counts California (QCC) Workforce Pathways Grant Request for Application (RFA). The RFA is designed to align with the QCC professional development system and to focus on local workforce needs across all care setting types. The QCC Workforce Pathways Grant RFA, in combination with the unified QCC Local Consortia and Partnerships Grant RFA (QCC Unified RFA), represents investments by the CDE/ELCD to support an effective statewide Quality Improvement System and Quality Rating and Improvement System. As the state invests in quality improvements, including workforce development, it will continue to encourage QCC system alignment in order to build a stronger quality system.
 
The CDE would like to highlight the following changes:
  • Funding has been reduced to an $11,000,000 one-year statewide allocation.
  • The QCC Workforce pathways have been streamlined. 
  • The former stipend administrating agency in the county will have the first right of refusal. The QCC Consortia Lead will have the second right of refusal. 
  • The QCC Workforce pathways grant will be available to all counties and to Tribal Childcare.
  • The CDE is moving forward with an equity-focused funding formula, but has set caps on both increases and decreases to the amount of funding that any county will receive in comparison to the 2019-20 Assembly Bill 212 allocation.
The grant was released on May 26, 2020, and the applications are due June 15, 2020, by close of business. There is no Letter of Intent required for this grant.  Please see additional key dates on the  QCC Workforce Pathways Grant  web page, located at https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fo/r2/qccelcwork2021rfa.asp.
 
Partner Updates
 S ubsidized Child Care Providers - and Children - Can't Afford a Pay Cut
Economics, Health & COVID-19 · May 2020 · By Kristin Schumacher

During this unprecedented health and economic crisis, many subsidized child care providers in California have stepped up to the challenge of providing early learning and care for families with low and moderate incomes - particularly for children with parents who are essential workers. While the state and federal government have both provided emergency funding to support subsidized child care providers, total support falls far short of the estimated level necessary to sustain child care providers. In addition, the Governor's May Revision would cut provider payment rates by 10%. These rate cuts could be detrimental for child care providers who were already underpaid and operating on thin margins prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, during this crisis, providers are faced with dramatically higher costs due to smaller class sizes, increased staffing per child, and the added expense of keeping facilities clean as they care for and educate children.
Subsidized child care providers are paid in one of two basic ways: by contracting directly with the state or by accepting vouchers from families. Providers who accept vouchers are reimbursed based on the Regional Market Rate (RMR) Survey, which provides "rate ceilings" for all 58 California counties by the type of care and the age of the child. The rate ceilings in use in the 2019-20 state fiscal year are based on the 75th percentile of the 2016 survey. In theory, this should allow families to access 75 out of every 100 providers in their county. However, because the state is currently using an outdated survey, families are able to access far fewer providers.
A 10% decrease to the current, outdated rate ceilings would further restrict families' access to care. For example, in Los Angeles County where one-quarter of children eligible for subsidized child care live, the proposed rate ceiling for full-time, center-based care for an infant would be $1,435 per month, which means that families would have access to just 54% of providers in their community based on the most recent survey from 2018. Across California, the proposed rate ceilings for many counties would fall far short of the 75th percentile benchmark from the most recent survey.
Continue Reading Here.
New Research Briefs About Trends in Child Care Licensing Requirements and Policies for 2017
The   National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance (ECQA Center) is pleased to announce the publication of three research briefs ofindings and trends from the 2017 Child Care Licensing Study :
The data presented in these briefs were collected from state child care licensing regulations  that were in effect as of December 21, 2017, and from responses to the National Association for Regulatory Administration's 2017 survey of state licensing agencies from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Click here to read more.
Interesting Reads
America's fragile child-care system reported at risk of collapse in covid-19 crisis

Child-care experts say they are increasingly concerned America's child-care system, fragile even before the  coronavirus pandemic, is in danger of collapse without substantial help from Congress.
The issue affects not just the nearly 12 million children under age 5 and their families who rely on providers for care, but also is a factor in how quickly the U.S. economy can recover from the crisis. Although we hear much more about this concern in regard to the reopening of K-12 schools, the same basic problem holds true for working parents who have young children: If they have to stay home to take care of their kids, they can't return, or give full attention, to their jobs.

Between March and April,  336,000 child-care workers lost their jobs, and thousands of child-care centers and family child-care homes are in danger of closing permanently, according to Hanna Melnick, who co-leads the early childhood learning team at the nonprofit Learning Policy Institute, a California-based think tank co-founded by Linda Darling-Hammond. Melnick  wrote in a blog on the institute's website that closures of these programs "could lead to the loss of as many as  450,000 child care slots," which would make it difficult for parents to return to work.

Click here to read full article via the Washington Post

Should the Child Care Industry Get a Bailout?

Democrats propose $50 billion for a business that is in danger of widespread failure - and that many parents need before they can return to work.

It has become agonizingly clear to parents of young children that the economy cannot fully reopen without child care. Yet a significant number of child care providers have not been able to survive the lockdown.

The sector was already fragile: Unlike public education, the child care industry operates almost entirely on private tuition payments, and most providers are barely profitable. With closings because of the coronavirus, many cannot continue to pay landlords or teachers.

Now that  more states are allowing child care centers to reopen, those that survived face higher expenses because of additional rules about sanitation and new limits, like no more than 10 children per classroom. In some cases,  enrollment is down because parents can no longer afford to pay or they're worried about the health risks.

Click here  to read full article via the New York Times