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.
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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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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Today is also the deadline for the Legislature to pass a budget bill for the upcoming fiscal year by midnight.
CAPPA's sponsored bill,
AB 2883 (Quirk-Silva), successfully passed out of the Assembly on Thursday with bipartisan support and no opposition! We are one step closer to strengthening
California's subsidized child care system and further value family child care providers with much needed updates related to the reimbursement process.
Specifically, AB 2883 will:
Eliminate variable work schedules for subsidized families so that when they secure a child care center or family child care provider, that center or provider will be able to budget accurately in the month the care is provided. Currently, in the subsidized system, child care is provided first with the reimbursement following 21-days after the child care attendance sheet or invoice is received. In current law, families on a variable schedule may not use all of the days and the provider that holds open a “slot” for the child will not be funded for those missed days. In the private pay market, child care is paid before care is used and is reimbursed regardless of usage. During the COVID-19 crisis, Governor Newsom in Executive Order (EO) N-45-20 eliminated the variable work schedule. This EO allowed providers to more accurately plan and budget for the months that child care is provided. AB 2883 makes this permanent.
Delete language that child care providers can only change their rates once per year. As business owners, child care providers should be able to adjust their rates as frequently as needed. California has a Regional Market Rate (RMR) reimbursement structure in place that prohibits payment over the RMR ceiling. If the provider’s rates are higher that the RMR ceiling, then that is a copayment to the family and that is between the family and the provider to agree.
Eliminate the 14-day notice that must be given to a child care provider before payment can be made to another provider chosen by the family. The remedy is to require the community-based program to notify the provider at the same time that the family makes the requested change.
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.
Thursday June 18 @ adjournment of Session: SEN Appropriations - Suspense
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, 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
Let us knowwhat your organization is doing, we would love to feature you in the coming weeks!
CDE Information & Updates
Management Bulletin 20-04A: COVID-19 Guidance on Attendance, Apportionment, and Reporting Requirements - Amended
Attention: All Executive Officers and Program Directors of California Department of Education Early Learning and Care Programs
Management Bulletin 20-04A has been developed to notify and provide updated guidance to state-subsidized ELCD programs about changes to the requirements related to attendance, apportionment, and reporting.
Updated Guidance for Child Care Programs and Providers
On June 5, 2020, the California Department of Public Health issued Updated Guidance for Child Care Programs and Providers at https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-childcare.pdf that aims to support child care providers and programs as they begin to reopen and other programs transition from emergency childcare for essential workers to enhanced regular operations. To help all providers apply the new and updated policies and requirements and make updates to their emergency preparedness plan, there are also resources and tools available at the California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS) Early Learning and Care Playbook website at: https://www.chhs.ca.gov/home/master-plan-for-early-learning-and-care/ which provides information and links to tips, training, and other resources that will help providers and parents as they navigate the new guidance and requirements.
On June 8,2020, the CDE released a guidance document that includes a section on school-based early learning and care programs, “Stronger Together: A Guidebook for the Safe Reopening of California’s Public Schools.” The guidance document can now be found on the CDE Stronger Together website at: https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/hn/strongertogether.asp.
2019-20 Funding Opportunity for CAPP Contractors
Dear California Alternative Payment Program (CAPP) Contractors,
This email is to inform CAPP contractors that the CDE will be offering an extension to the deadline for requesting Voluntary and Temporary Transfers (VTTs) for CAPP contracts due to funding that has been made available for this process. VTT requests for CAPP contracts will now be accepted through Thursday June 11, 2020. Request forms can be found at: https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/ci/lpcforms.asp under the section “Voluntary, Temporary Transfer Requests”. Contractors offering to release funds should fill out the form labeled “Attachment B”, and those requesting additional funds will fill out the form labeled “Attachment C”. Requests will be accepted electronically with e-signature. If you are unable to sign electronically, the completed form can be sent via email to your CDNFS fiscal analyst, with an original signed hardcopy to follow via US mail.
Contractors requesting additional funds through the VTT process will be required to submit internal projections that support the requested transfer amount to their CDNFS Fiscal Analyst by email. In addition, contractors must indicate whether over-earnings in the contract are due to: (1) over-enrollment prior to COVID-19, (2) increased cost of care associated with families of essential workers that continued to participate in the program (i.e. school age children that now need full-time care, paying variable schedules at the certificate, etc.), and/or (3) new enrollments of essential workers.
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.
Subsidized 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.
When Child Care Centers Close, Parents Scramble to Adapt
By: Emily Sohn, June 10, 2020
The email arrived on a Thursday in mid-April, alerting parents that the Bright Horizons day care center in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles would close the following Monday. The center had been a designated hub for essential workers since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in March, and it was a convenient site for physicians who worked at the nearby hospital. Its sudden closure left families with just a few days to find replacement child care, according to interviews with several of the parents affected.
Some scrambled to find babysitters. At least one family plunked down a large, nonrefundable deposit to secure a spot in another day care facility. Others have been adjusting their schedules as best they can, especially after the center, which had set its reopening date as late April, bumped it to an unspecified future date.
One parent, Ria Vergara-Lluri, a pathologist, had already been working through the night so that she could watch her children during the day while her husband, a cardiologist, worked. She was planning to send her 3- and 5-year-olds back to Bright Horizons’ U.C.L.A. Westwood Child Care Center when she reached a breaking point — either from the all-nighters or from the eventual need to go back to work and teach during normal hours. Now, she is not sure what she will do, but she is considering sending her children to Sacramento to stay with her mother, even though she is immunocompromised. “We’re in survival mode,” Vergara-Lluri said. “I don’t know what’s going to happen.”
Click here to read full article via the New York Times