Both the Senate and Assembly have agreed on a joint budget proposal, including rejecting the 10% provider rate cuts in their May Revision budget proposals. The Governor could still blue pencil items and make last minute changes, but we are optimistic that the final budget will closely reflect the Legislative budget put forward.
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.
The Assembly is on Recess until Monday, July 13th.
Upcoming Legislative Deadlines:
Last day for Appropriations to report fiscal bills to the floor (1st house)
Senate: June 19
Assembly: June 5
Last day for bills to pass the floor of the first house
Senate: June 26
Assembly: June 19
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.
We in solidarity with communities of color in the child care workforce by committing to being part of the positive change to create equity in child care for all families and providers.
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
On June 16, Representative Katherine Clark (D-MA) introduced the Child Care is Infrastructure Act(full text here). It is great to see child care being situated as an infrastructure issue and a summary is below. This bill can serve as an important complement – though it is not a substitute – for the immediate relief needed to keep our system afloat. It is critical that we continue to support and drive cosponsors to the Child Care is Essential Act to secure the $50 billion in relief required. If you need to use an action alert, NWLC has one here:
Quick high-level summary of the Clark bill:
·$10 billion over the next 5 years in grants to states, territories, and tribes for grants mostly for facility and other traditional infrastructure investments
oStates have a matching requirement of 10%
o3% for direct payments to Territories
o3% for grants to Tribes
oBetween 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)
Additionally, the Ways and Means Committee will be holding a hearing, “The Child Care Crisis and the Coronavirus Pandemic, on Tuesday, June 23, 2pm (ET). It will be livestreamedhere. If you have capacity, you can submit a statement for the record making the case for at least $50B in relief through the CCE Act as well as additional structural changes need for recovery and building a better and more equitable child care system, drawing on the vision of these principles for investing in high quality, affordable care. Also, note that W&M has jurisdiction over child care mandatory funding through the child care entitlement to states. To submit a written comment, find details here.
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.
Let us knowwhat your organization is doing, we would love to feature you in the coming weeks!
CDE Information & Updates
Fiscal Year 2019–20 Year-End Reporting Reminders
Dear Executive Directors, Child Care and Development Programs:
The Child Development and Nutrition Fiscal Services (CDNFS) office announces the “Fiscal Year 2019–20 Year-End Reporting Reminders” letter. This letter details information important to all agencies that contract with the CDE to provide early learning and care services. A subsequent letter will be issued to inform contractors of changes to contracts and reporting procedures for 2020–21. Please find the Year-End letter on the CDNFS Fiscal Year 2019–20 Year-End Reporting Reminders web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/cd/year-endletter201920.asp.
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.
No matter the level of transmission in a community, every child care program should have a plan in place to protect staff, children, and their families from the spread of COVID-19. See CDC's guidance for more details. Pricing subject to change.
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 children enter Helana Pennywell’s day care, she scans each small forehead with a thermometer. If they’re free of fever, they’re welcomed inside, where she sanitizes their belongings and makes sure they wash their faces and hands. She’s lucky: Her day care, which she runs out of her California home, is full. “I’ve noticed an increase in demand from essential workers who need care for their children,” she told Intelligencer.
But many child-care providers are less fortunate. The pandemic struck them with particular force, as lockdown measures have kept many working parents at home and limited gathering in groups. As HuffPost reported last month, data points to a potential catastrophe. Centers are closing, workers are losing their jobs, and parents are adrift. Experts say that without swift federal intervention, the child-care sector may never fully recover, and neither would the people who depend on it for their livelihoods.
Click here to read full article via the New York Magazine
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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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