June 2019 Featured Agency
Community Child Care Council of Sonoma County (4Cs Sonoma) is celebrating its 47th Anniversary this year. Founded as a Community Based Organization in 1972 by child care advocates and providers, 4Cs offers a variety of services to children, families, providers, and community partners in Sonoma County.
4Cs administers multiple subsidized early care and education contracts including CAPP, CalWORKS Stage 2 & 3 and our local Workforce Investment Opportunity Act Child Care program. We currently serve 1238 children in our Alternative Payment Program. Additionally, 4Cs Sonoma operates 12 California State Preschool Program sites once which includes a CCTR toddler component. These programs serve over 544 children. 4Cs has a very robust Resource and Referral Department, which includes Quality Counts coaching, Parent Voices and a Parent Leadership Academy, Health and Safety, Bridge Program and a very popular CCIP program that just trained 22 prospective providers and has 19 on a waiting list for the next training round! 4Cs also administers the CACFP program for family child care homes in Marin, Napa, and Sonoma counties, as well as the food program for the 12 state preschools that we run.
Click Here to learn more.
A special thank you to Lara Magnusdottir, Public Policy Director, for the submission!**
Sunshine Day 2019:
On April 13th, Central Valley Children's Services Network held their 40th Annual Sunshine Day, which is a free family event and resource fair at Roeding Park in Fresno.
Sunshine Day is part of the nationally recognized Week of the Young Child celebration. This year, the Week of the Young Child's theme is 'Celebrating our Youngest Learners.' WOYC is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The purpose of WOYC is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.
As a way to conclude the week-long celebration, Children's Services Network offers Sunshine Day as a FREE family and child-friendly event!
There was Live Entertainment, Wild Child Adventures Bubble Play, Reptile Ron's Animal Presentations, Hands-on activities, Face painting and Information Booths!
Do you have success news to share with us?! We love to hear what our members are up to and where they're going! Submit your accomplishment(s) big OR small by emailing us!
2018-19 Board of Directors
Child Development Associates
Valley Oak Children's Services
Child Care Resource Center
Supportive Services Fresno
Mexican American Opportunity Foundation
Crystal Stairs, Inc.
Public Policy Co-Chair
Children's Council San Francisco
Choices for Children
YMCA Childcare Resource Service
Family Resource & Referral of San Joaquin County
Napa County Office of Education
Siskiyou Child Care Council
Central Valley Children's Services Network
San Mateo 4Cs
Children's Resource & Referral of Santa Barbara County
Glenn County Office of Education
Denyne Micheletti Colburn
ELCD/CDE, DSS & CCLD Updates
Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Services and Adjustment
The ELCD will host a webinar on
Thursday, March 14, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to provide technical assistance with the CDMIS.
January 28, 2019
January 4, 2018
The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) has amended regulations pertaining to CalWORKs, within the Eligibility and Assistance Standards Manual. The changes are detailed in
CDSS Manual Letter No. EAS-18-05
CAPPA Member Benefits now available on the Members Only website:
Just added to the Member's only website are webinars on
Adults and Trauma
and an AP 101 webinar on
Enrolling Clients into the CalWORKs Program.
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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Last Thursday, legislators passed a $214.8 billion budget deal onto Governor Newsom. Although the main budget bill
that lays the blueprint for how the state will spend money beginning July 1 was sent, there are still a number of trailer bills that are being discussed. The Governor has 12-days to sign the budget. Action on the additional trailer bills much happen before the state of a new fiscal year - July 1.
Highlights of what is pending:
to read all of the issue specific proposals to be considered in the 2019-20 budget.
to see a Spreadsheet of outcomes and proposals that will be taken up in the Conference Committee along with close-out documents from the Assembly Subcommittee 2 on Education Finance and Senate Subcommittee 1 on Education.
to view a field calendar that will include legislative and bill hearing dates.
to see the homepage for the 2019 Conference Committee on the Budget - AB 74
- ASM Human Services (Reyes, Chair) 1:30pm - Room 437
Wednesday, June 19, 2019:
- SEN Education (Leyva, Chair) 9:00am - Room 4203
- SEN Labor, Public Employment and Retirement (Hill, Chair) 9:30am - Room 2040
- AB 406 (Limon) Disability compensation: paid family leave: application in non-English languages
Monday, June 24, 2019:
- SEN Appropriations (Portantino, Chair) 10:00am - Room 4203
- AB 809 (Santiago) Public postsecondary education: child development programs: priority enrollment: Title IX protection: pregnancy and parental status
- SEN Human Services (Hurtado, Chair) 3:00pm - Room 2040
Wednesday, June 26, 2019:
- SEN Education (Leyva, Chair) 9:00am - Room 4203
- SEN Labor, Public Employment and Retirement (Hill, Chair) 9:30am - Room 2040
- AB 378 (Limon) Childcare: family childcare providers: bargaining representative
Tuesday, July 2, 2019:
- ASM Human Services (Reyes, Chair) 1:30pm - Room 437
Wednesday, July 3, 2019:
AB 842 (Limon)
Child nutrition: school, childcare, transitional kindergarten, and preschool meals.
to see all of the legislation identified of interest to our field. Below are a couple of highlights of the results from the recent Appropriations committees:
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.
PROFILED BILL OF THE WEEK
AB 865 ~ Assemblymember Eloise Gomez Reyes
Human Trafficking Training - AB 865 will provide training to resource families on best practices of caring for children who are at risk of human trafficking. This will help to ensure that youth who have been trafficked or are at risk of being trafficked are in safe and supported homes that recognize potential risk-factors and triggers associated with human trafficking.
Contingency Funds Application Process
Dear Alternative Payment Program Contractors:
The purpose of this letter is to provide Alternative Payment Program (CAPP) contractors with information regarding the process to apply for contingency funds.
Pursuant to Education Code Section 8222.1, per the Budget Act of 2018, the California Department of Education (CDE) shall reallocate funds as necessary to reimburse CAPPs for actual and allowable costs incurred for additional services. A CAPP contractor may apply for reimbursement of up to three (3) percent of their contract amount, or for a greater amount subject to the discretion of the Department, based on availability of funds. Applications may be submitted as early as May 1, 2019, but no later than September 30, 2019. The CDE will approve or deny applications submitted pursuant to this section, but will not consider applications received after September 30, 2019, of the current calendar year for additional costs incurred during the 2018-19 fiscal year.
The CDE will distribute reimbursement funds for each approved application within 90 days of receipt of the application if it was filed between May 1 and July 20 inclusive of the current calendar year. Applications received after July 20 are not subject to the 90-day requirement for the distribution of funds. If requests for reimbursement pursuant to this section exceed available funds, CDE will assign priority for reimbursement according to the order in which it receives the applications.
Funds received by a CAPP contractor pursuant to this section that are not substantiated by the program's annual audit must be returned to CDE and are not subject to the appeal process.
If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact me at 916-324-6611, or email JClegg@cde.ca.gov.
Jordan Clegg, Staff Services Manager I
Child Development & Nutrition Fiscal Services
Fiscal and Administrative Services Division
SAVE THE DATE- Early Learning and Care Division
This notice informs ELCD contractors of key SAVE THE DATE Request for Applications (RFA) events for the following RFAs:
- The California State Preschool Program (CSPP) Expansion RFA will announce score notifications to applicants by mid-March 2019, and send out Proposed Award Letters in mid-May 2019. The program start date will be June 28, 2019. Please note this date has changed from previous years' start dates.
- The General Child Care and Development (CCTR) RFA will announce score notifications to applicants by mid-March 2019, and send out Proposes Award Letters in mid-May 2019. The program start date will be June 28, 2019. Please note this date has changed from previous years' start dates.
- For all other questions regarding the CSPP RFA, please send an email to CSPPRFA@cde.ca.gov.
- For all other questions regarding the CCTR RFA, please send an email to CCTRRFA@cde.ca.gov.
Regional Technical Assistance Trainings - Summer 2019
Child Development Resources
211 E. Ventura Blvd
Oxnard, CA 93036
Conference Rooms A and B
July 15, 2019 Modesto
Stanislaus County Office of Education- Child & Family Services
1325 H Street
Modesto, CA 95354
July 19, 2019
Go Kids, Inc.
9015 Murray Ave. Suite 110
Gilroy, CA 95020
July 30, 2019
Sierra Nevada Children's Services
420 Sierra College Drive, Suite 100
Grass Valley, CA 95945
CAPPA member agencies, with the support of CAPPA & Children's Foundation, are putting together a series of Technical Assistance (TA) trainings that will be
coming to a region near you!
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-11:45am):
- Just added! Ongoing Review for Input on Draft GAU Review Guides and pending 12-month Regulations, which are both anticipated to go into effect in October/November.
- Just Added! Ideas for Procurement process overhaul. This will be a Q&A and open discussion format.
- Just Added! 12-Month Eligibility in Stage 1. This will be a Q&A and open discussion format.
- How to implement the two-week written notice regulation (AB 603)-Update will also be provided on the CAPPA concerns that are included in the budget conversations.
- Management Bulletins Discussion- We will review those Management Bulletins that you continue to have questions on, including 18-09 & 18-09(a) Electronic Banking & Direct Deposits
- Transfers- This will be a Q&A and open discussion format; Inter-county transfers and clarification on stage 2 transfers to be included
CAPPA Budget and Legislative Discussion and Updates
- AB 378- Child Care Provider Union Bill
- Variable Work Schedule- is a remedy in site?
Peer-to-Peer Networking Session (1:00pm-2:00pm):
This portion of the agenda will allow attendees to share their successful strategies, tools and ideas.
**If there are topics that you would be interested in adding to the agenda, please let us know!**
Network and CAPPA Joint Annual Conference 2019
October 2-4, 2019
DoubleTree Hotel Sacramento
The California Child Care Resource & Referral Network and the California Alternative Payment Program Association look forward to hosting our 7th Joint Conference together this fall.
We are offering an Agency pre-payment option and it is being provided for agencies that would like to pay their 2019 Conference Registration Fees in advance. The preliminary program and final conference registration form, including the ability to list all conferees individually and to select workshops, will be released later in July.
We are hard at work creating a conference program that includes a variety of workshops to meet the needs of staff working with parents; staff providing training and technical assistance to child care providers; staff administering AP programs, program staff-supervisors; managers and directors.
for general information about the conference and if your agency would like to pre-pay for the 2019 Joint Network/CAPPA Conference. Pre-payment for The Joint Annual Conference is Due by Friday, June 28th.
Exhibitor and Sponsor Information is now available!
Key Investments for Low-Income Californians in 2019-20 Budget Bill, CalEITC Still Unresolved
With the Legislature scheduled to start voting today on a final 2019-20 state budget, the Budget Center team is sharing an update on the
Read on to learn more about how the 2019-20 budget bill:
- helps children and parents in need of subsidized child care;
- promotes financial stability for CalWORKs parents;
- better supports students on Competitive CalGrants; and
- sets in motion the extension of the managed care organization tax.
Trump Administration Proposal to Shrink the Poverty Line Means More Hardship for Californians
The Trump Administration has quietly announced a proposal to change the way the federal poverty line is updated each year for inflation. This proposal is far more than a minor technical change affecting government statistics - it would cut low-income Californians' access to health care, basic nutrition, and other essential needs. These consequences arise because the federal poverty line forms the basis of criteria that determine whether individuals are eligible to access many vital public supports that are funded (at least in part) by federal dollars - like public health insurance through Medi-Cal, food assistance through CalFresh, and home energy assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). As a result, changing the method for updating the poverty line as proposed would threaten low-income Californians' ability to meet their most basic needs.
The Trump Administration's under-the-radar proposal, included in a
notice requesting public comments
issued by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), puts forward the idea of updating the Census Bureau's official poverty thresholds, or poverty line, using an alternative measure of inflation in place of the inflation measure currently used to update the thresholds each year (the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers, or CPI-U). Two alternative inflation measures specifically mentioned as options are the chained Consumer Price Index (the chained CPI, or C-CPI-U) or the Personal Consumption Expenditures Price Index (PCE Price Index). Using either of these alternative inflation measures would make the poverty thresholds increase more slowly over time. There are several reasons that this proposed change would actually make the federal poverty line less accurate rather than more accurate as a measure of basic economic security. What is more, the Trump Administration is explicitly not requesting input to understand how this change would affect people's access to vital public supports that help address families' and individuals' most basic needs.
California's budget deal takes a step toward universal preschool
alifornia's legislators are poised to take a big step toward universal preschool, with the
they'll be voting on this week.
One of the most novel aspects of the budget agreement is that all 4-year-olds living in neighborhoods where most children attending the local school are low-income would be eligible for state-subsidized preschool, regardless of their own family's incomes.
That's a small but significant step toward offering universal preschool to all children, not just to low-income children, something Gov. Gavin Newsom has said is a long-term goal.
Priority would be given to low-income children and enrollment will depend on available slots. The budget includes 10,000 new full-day preschool slots - not enough to serve all low-income 4-year-olds, much less all 4-year-olds who live in low-income neighborhoods. Still, including all 4-year-olds in those neighborhoods would make preschool accessible to more children whose parents might not otherwise be able to afford it, said Stanford University professor Deborah Stipek. Many state-subsidized preschools are run by school districts; Stipek said it will help elementary schools if more kindergartners have attended the preschools associated with them.
"It allows the elementary school to create stronger linkages between the preschool and the elementary school," Stipek said. "You can make an effort to align the preschool curriculum and socialization procedures with the kindergarten approaches, so the children have a more continuous experience, but in some respects, it doesn't help if the children who are coming to TK or kindergarten may not have had any preschool experience or have been in preschools that are not connected to the elementary school."
Topic - Building for the future: Funding school renovation & construction
Join EdSource's John Fensterwald and Louis Freedberg, along with a panel of school facilities experts, for a live online discussion that will explore why more state aid is needed for school construction and whether the formula for state matching grants can be changed to make it more equitable.
(For more information, please paste this url into your browser: http://edsource.org/facilitiesfundingwebinar)
When Parents Can't Find Summer Child Care, Their Work Suffers
Americans see summer as a carefree time for children, but for working parents, finding summer child care can be a logistical and financial headache. Care is expensive and hard to find, forcing parents to make difficult trade-offs between work and family life.
Joi is one mother who knows this struggle all too well. She and her husband live with their four young children in Jonesboro, Georgia.
Joi works full time during the day, while her husband works as a police officer at night, staggering their work schedules to accommodate their child care needs. Although their family has been able to secure regular, year-round child care for their younger children, they are still searching for an affordable summer program for their oldest, 6-year-old Mason. "As of right now I don't have Mason enrolled in any summer camp. We're hoping people will drop out of the parks department camp during the first two weeks so that a spot will open up. ... I don't know what I'll do when I have to find summer care for my four kids," Joi said in a personal interview. With few options available, Joi is left scrambling for a short-term arrangement for her son-and dreading the day when she must juggle summer care for all her children.
Most children in the United States today live in families like Joi's, where all available parents are in the workforce. During the school year, many parents must find child care in the late afternoon and during school breaks. But finding child care when school lets out for the summer-without the six-hour school day and after-school programs to rely on-can be an even greater challenge. For many families, summer child care arrangements are expensive, difficult to find, and out of line with parents' work schedules.
Take Action for Children
Submit a Comment on the Proposed Changes to the Federal Poverty Level Calculation - Advocates
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has proposed changes to the federal poverty threshold. These changes may result in drastic harm to millions of low-income and working class families and children who rely on critical health and nutrition programs.
Please send your comments to OMB before June 21, 2019, letting them know you oppose these changes.
Make sure you edit the portions in ALL CAPS in the template below before you send in your comment.
What is CCDBG?
Established in 1991, the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) is the primary federal grant program that provides child care assistance for families in need. CCDBG is administered to states in block grants. States use the program to subsidize child care for working families with low incomes. Most of this assistance is administered through vouchers or certificates, which can be used by parents to select the high-quality provider or program that works best for their family.
Congress reauthorized CCDBG in 2014 with overwhelming bipartisan support. The CCDBG Act of 2014 improved child care health and safety standards, and provided funding to help make quality child care available to more families with low incomes. The 2014 law also mandated that states meet new requirements on comprehensive criminal background checks and disaster preparedness/response planning, among other critical improvements.
Despite the reauthorization, Congress failed to provide sufficient funding to help states make quality child care available to millions of families that need it. Today, states use resources from other federal funding streams, including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), to ensure families don't lose critical access to child care.
Why it Matters
The lack of adequate funding has hampered states' ability to provide quality child care to working families. Currently, only 1 in 6 families who qualify child care assistance receive it. Additionally, States continue to request and receive waivers from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to delay implementation of the new requirements, particularly background checks. Additionally, FY2017 saw the lowest number of children served by the grant in nearly 20 years.
In 2018, Congress reached a budget deal that nearly doubled the amount of discretionary funding for CCDBG, an increase of $2.4 billion. While this funding increase was welcomed, federal funding for child care in FY2018 still remained $1 billion less than FY2001 levels when adjusted for inflation. Given the population growth since 2001, and the health and safety standards added in 2014, it is clear that an even larger investment is needed.
About This Report
While a lack of access to quality child care is a national crisis, each state has a unique child care landscape with highlights and challenges. We worked with partners in all 50 states, who wrote and/or reviewed descriptions on the status of CCDBG funding in the state. All funding estimations are based on state allocation increases in discretionary funding between FY2017 and FY2018, as reported by ACF.
Select a state to learn more about why CCDBG funding matters.
With its historic increase of approximately $230 million, California lawmakers chose to heavily invest in CCDBG compliance in the FY19 budget. This included funding to increase staffing so that licensed providers could undergo annual inspections, as well as funding to develop a statewide consumer education website. Further funding was invested in the Child Care Initiative Project in order to address the 30 percent decline in family child care homes that California has been experiencing since 2008. Prior years' funding allowed California to increase the reimbursement rate for providers and programs serving families with a child care subsidy to the 75th percentile of the most current Regional Market Rate (RMR). Additionally, families have 12 month eligibility and an increased exit level to 85 percent of state median income (SMI).
Current analysis shows that there are 1.8 million children in California whose families qualify for child care assistance and need the service, yet don't receive it due to lack of funding. However, with last year's increase, only 13,307 new vouchers were administered, 11,207 of which are set to expire in 2022. Advocates are currently requesting that the state invest in 100,000 child care spaces over the next three years. It is unlikely that California will make any significant headway in serving eligible families without significant and continuous federal funding to combine with state funding.