"Children Learning, Parents Earning, Communities Growing"
Issue #22                                          June 3, 2019
CAPPA's monthly "Featured Agency" segment will highlight 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 2019 Featured Agency of the Month 
Community Child Care Council of Sonoma County

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.
 
Since the October 2017 wildfires, which leveled 5% of Santa Rosa's housing inventory--along with eleven licensed family child care homes , two preschools and three afterschool programs. 4Cs has remained in constant contact with these programs and has provided over $180,000 in support funds to these providers as they find temporary locations and work to rebuild their businesses. Our county has been going through a lot of healing and the difficult changes that go along with rebuilding a community.  What was a housing and child care constraint before is now a full-blown housing /child care  crisis  (particularly for infants/toddlers).  Housing prices have increased dramatically, and as we all know, as go housing prices, so go child care prices.
 
4Cs has been at the table, making sure that child care and early learning is always included in any rebuilding and community planning conversations. The Santa Rosa Metro Chamber of Commerce and 4Cs are working with local businesses to guide them in establishing employer-supported child care.  4Cs is also working with both the County of Sonoma and the City of Santa Rosa to remove barriers and ease restrictions on any type of child care facilities. Furthermore, First 5 Sonoma has funded a project where 4Cs works with the Low Income Investment Fund to encourage low income housing developments to include child care facilities.
 
Informational panels are being planned for our community on both employer-supported child care and co-locating child care with low-income housing. Please feel free to contact Lara Magnusdottir at lmagnusdottir@sonoma4cs.org if you would like more information.

** A special thank you to Lara Magnusdottir, Public Policy Director, for the submission!**
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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!

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CAPPA's
2018-19 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

Public Policy Co-Chair
Jeffrey Moreira
Crystal Stairs, Inc.

Public Policy Co-Chair
Phillip Warner
Children's Council San Francisco 

Members-at-Large
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
San Mateo 4Cs

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 14, 2019
Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Services and Adjustment  Factors
April 3, 2019
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

Announcements
CAPPA Member Benefits now available on the Members Only website:
NEW!  

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.

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

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Non-members will be charged a fee of $75.
Please email us your posting!

Public Policy Officer
Child Action, Inc. Sacramento

Manager Early Childhood Special Education
Napa County Office of Education
Children's Council San Francisco
The Resource Connection of Amador and Calaveras Counties
Crystal Stairs, Inc

Solano Family & Children's Services

 -Center Director
-Associate Director- Early Childhood Education
University of California, Berkeley

International Institute of Los Angeles

Marin Child Care Council

Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County, Inc.


Pomona Unified School District- Child Development 
Child Care Coordinating Council, Inc. of San Mateo County 
 
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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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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May Revise Released

Both the Assembly and the Senate have wrapped up their respective Subcommittees and have put actions forward to be further discussed in the Budget Conference Committee.  

Click here to read all of the issue specific proposals to be considered in the 2019-20 budget.   Click here 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.  


From the Senate:
Click here to view a field calendar that will include legislative and bill hearing dates.  

Click here to see the homepage for the 2019 Conference Committee on the Budget - AB 74

CAPPA will host all meetings and materials on its Budget Home Page.
What's Happening
California 

Legislative -  Upcoming Legislative Hearings ( click here to be directed to CalChannel ): 

Wednesday, June 12, 2019:
  • SEN Education (Leyva, Chair) 9:00am - Room 4203
    • AB 809 (Santiago) Public postsecondary education: child development programs: priority enrollment: Title IX protection: pregnancy and parental status 
Click here  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:

Assembly
Senate
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
SB 321 ~ Senator Holly Mitchell 
A Strong Start for CalWORKs Families Act
This bill will align the same 12 month continuity of care for families and children in CalWORKs Stage 1 as it currently exists in other parts of the child care subsidy system. This bill will also put in place a seamless transfer of families from Stage 1 to Stage 2.



Click here  to see legislation.
Click here  to download background sheet.


CDE Updates

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.
 
The Contingency Fund Application, form CDNFS 1571, is now available at http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/cd/documents/cdnfs15711819.pdf. Please note, this form cannot be submitted electronically, and must be received by the CDE no later than September 30, 2019.
 
If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact me at 916-324-6611, or email JClegg@cde.ca.gov.
 
Sincerely,
 
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:
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
Upcoming CAPPA Events

Regional Technical Assistance Trainings - Summer 2019
June 26, 2019 Oxnard
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 
Gilroy

Go Kids, Inc.
9015 Murray Ave. Suite 110 
Gilroy, CA 95020
July 30, 2019
Grass Valley

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

 

Lunch (11:45am-12:15pm)

CAPPA Budget and Legislative Discussion and Updates 
(12:15pm-1:00pm)
  •  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
Sacramento, CA

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. 

Agency Pre-Pay Option:
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.
Please click:   http://www.rsvpbook.com/prepayjointAC19  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.

Partnership Information: 
Exhibitor and Sponsor Information is now available!
                          Visit the Conference Web page   for more information.
Partner Updates

CCRC's Research Division developed a tool illustrating the inequity of child care deserts (this is best viewed on a computer/laptop rather than mobile device).   Click here to view.


 

The tool highlights child care deserts in northern LA County and San Bernardino County and the populations that are more/less likely to live in these deserts. As seen in the tool, while 60% of people in California live in a child care desert, 69% of people in Northern LA County live in child care deserts but 77.1% of CCRC's subsidized child care participants live in a child care desert. 95.2% of people in San Bernardino County live in child care deserts and a slightly higher percentage of CCRC's subsidized child care participants live in a child care desert (96%). We found serious and troubling inequity in who lives in child care deserts:

  •  A higher rate of Latinx, African-American, and Native-American families live in child care deserts compared with Caucasians and Asians
  • Higher poverty rate for children under age 6 (in LA, but not San Bernardino)
  • Lower rate of children with both parents in the workforce (if one stays home, they may not need child care)
  • Higher rate of children with single parents in the workforce (child care deserts may have lower costs of living)
  • Lower rate of maternal labor participation (chicken and egg - if no child care people can't work and if they don't have a job they may not seek child care)
  • Higher rate of workers who work non-standard hours (those working non-standard hours are often low-income and may select more affordable communities)
A number of policy recommendations are included in the story map. The time to focus funding in areas of greatest opportunity is now. If you have questions about this story map, please contact Dr. Susan Savage at 818.717.1040 or ssavage@ccrcca.org

Budget Conference Committee Time: 
What We're Watching and What We've Said

With the members of the budget conference committee expected to start their work soon to reconcile differences among the budgets proposed by Governor Newsom, the Senate, and the Assembly, the Budget Center team is closely following how the agreed upon policies will affect the health and well-being of millions of low- and middle-income Californians.
Certainly, there is much to watch as final budget deliberations move forward. Read on about five key issues we're tracking as the 2019-20 state budget is finalized in the coming weeks.

1. Expansion of California's Earned Income Tax Credit - CalEITC
2. Additional Spaces for Children in Subsidized Child Care Programs
3. Raising the Earned-Income Disregard in CalWORKs
4. Increasing the Number of Competitive Cal Grants 
5. The Pending Expiration of the Managed Care Organization (MCO) Tax

Federal
States Report Child Care and Development Funds 
Benefit All Children in Care

A majority of states used funding from the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) in fiscal year 2017 to entirely or mostly support 7 of 10 major state child care activities GAO identified in its survey of 51 state CCDF programs. These activities, components of which are also required by CCDF, represent diverse aspects of state child care systems and are a key means through which states may choose to improve the quality of their child care. States reported that they relied primarily on CCDF funding for child care resource and referral systems, consumer education, and health and safety standards establishment and training more frequently than for other activities.

States reported in GAO's survey that a range of CCDF quality activities affect the care of children not receiving CCDF subsidies (nonsubsidized children), including three activities cited by all states-consumer education, child care licensing, and professional development of the child care workforce. CCDF administrators in most of the 15 states GAO interviewed said they have elected to apply certain requirements for caregivers subsidized under CCDF to all state licensed child care providers. For example, child care providers may be subject to monitoring and professional development requirements, whether or not they care for children receiving subsidies. CCDF administrators also stated that, as a result, all children in the care of licensed providers in these states-including nonsubsidized children-benefit from the enhanced requirements.

States most often reported in GAO's survey that they plan to spend new CCDF funds provided in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018, on quality activities that benefit all children in child care including licensing, consumer education, and professional development. For example, officials GAO interviewed in several states described plans to enhance public state child care websites to make them more user-friendly for all families or available in other languages, such as Spanish. However, more than a third of the interviewed states said their spending plans were still in flux, and more than half said they faced challenges making spending decisions because it was unclear whether the new funds would be provided in the future.

Link to full report.
Link to article.
Even with  early and  careful planning, finding the right  child care  provider can be difficult for families.  The challenges often seem overwhelming  for parents searching for a provider that is qualified to care for a child with special needs.   
Hear from Tara as sh e shares how her  child care  journey turned from heartbreak to success after  being  connected to  a   local  Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agency.

Link to full article and video.
Federal Investment Gives Child Care Centers A Leg Up  

Kentucky's child care centers are able to offer support to more working families since the state received $42 million in additional funding last year, according to a survey by the advocacy group Kentucky Youth Advocates.

More than 120 child care providers in 43 counties said they used the funds to increase access to child care for foster parents, and to boost program eligibility for parents who might otherwise lose access to affordable child care because they got a promotion or a better paying job.

Mike Hammons, senior director of advocacy at Children, Inc., a child care provider in Northern Kentucky, says centers like his are using the boost in funding to pay for staff criminal background checks. "Criminal background checks for child care providers is extensive," he states. "The industry does not want people who would not be safe with children to be around the children. "The cost of those background checks will be borne by the child care providers and the state is going to subsidize that with this new money."

The congressional House Appropriations Committee recently approved another $2.4 billion increase for the Child Care and Development Block Grant, which if supported in the Senate, would give states like Kentucky more financial assistance to help working families navigate the rising cost of child care.

Link to the full article.
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