"Children Learning, Parents Earning, Communities Growing"
Issue #23                                                               June 4, 2018  
CAPPA is pleased to continue our monthly "Featured Agency" segment to 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!  
May 2018 Featured Agency of the Month 
Go Kids, Inc.  

Go Kids, Inc. was established in 1975 when it was awarded a grant from the city of Morgan Hill to provide early childhood education training to unemployed women from low-income backgrounds. Since its incorporation as a nonprofit in 1978, the agency budget and service area has continued to grow. Go Kids is now headquartered in Gilroy, and provides services in the quad-county region of Santa Clara, San Benito, Monterey and Santa Cruz. The agency's budget now exceeds 19 million and we have a long history of diverse funding that has included financial support from the California Department of Education (CDE),
United Way, various Foundations, and the First 5 Commission in each of the counties we serve. We envision communities where every child has the support they need to reach their greatest potential. The mission of Go Kids is to enhance the lives of children and families through the delivery of comprehensive child development services and community involvement.
  • Go Kids serves nearly 2,000 children across our child care system, which includes CSPP, CCTR, CMIG, CAPP, and CalWORKS Stages 2 and 3 funding streams.
  • The agency operates eight licensed child development centers serving infants, preschool and school age children. One center is open seasonally for migrant families.
  • The agency also maintains sub-contracts with over 100 licensed Family Child Care Homes (FCCH) in order to provide families with options to meet their diverse needs.
  • Go Kids coordinates a multi-disciplinary Integrated Service Collaborative (ISC) in Salinas to bring early intervention services to high risk families with young children.
  • As a part of the ISC, the agency facilitates bi-weekly playgroups to over 70 license-exempt providers in 8 locations.
  • Go Kids serves as the Resource and Referral (R&R) agency for San Benito County, providing assistance to families seeking child care and coordinating professional development opportunities to the child care community.
  • Additionally, the agency maintains an extensive resource library for child care professionals and parents at its R&R site and has rolled out mini-resource libraries to the other office locations.
  • Go Kids provides coaching and technical assistance to a cohort of FCCH providers participating in the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) in Santa Cruz County.
  • The agency manages a centralized kitchen to ensure high quality meals and snacks are delivered to each center location.
  • Go Kids provides fiscal services to other nonprofit organizations via GK Financial, the agency's social enterprise project.
  • Leadership staff is involved in advocacy efforts, serving on various boards, councils and subcommittees locally and at the state level.
Go Kids continues to strategically evolve into a more effective, efficient and innovative organization in order to be more responsive to the needs of the children and families we serve.

* Big THANK YOU to Jessica Kranz for the submission
Quick Links
2017-18 Board of Directors
Rick Richardson
Child Development Associates

Vice President

Karen Marlatt
Valley Oak Children's Services


Beth Chiaro
Child Care Resource Center 

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 

Tina Barna
Choices for Children

Abby Shull
YMCA Childcare Resource Service 
Amanda Al Fartosi
KinderCare Education

Jeanne Fridolfs
Community Resources for Children
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
Implementation of Statewide Accounting System: FI$CAL
The Child Development and Nutrition Fiscal Services (CDNFS) Office is forwarding you a copy of the "Implementation of Statewide Accounting System: FI$CAL" letter.
This is to inform all CDE, EESD contractors that seven more answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) relevant to 12-month eligibility have been posted on the Budget Implementation
April 20, 2018
Public Hearing for the 2019-2021 Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) State Plan
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
The CDE Child Development Contracts office will begin e-mail distribution of fiscal year (FY) 2018-19 child
development contracts on May  21 , 2018.
Job Openings

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Children's Council of San Francisco

Community Child Care Coordinating Council (4Cs) of Alameda County
Family Navigator/Trainer - Bridge Program
Solano Family & Children's Services

Go Kids, Inc., Gilroy

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Now up on the forum: Do you have any specific questions on 12-month eligibility stopping you from fully implementing? 

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Inclusion Strategies for Children with Exceptional Needs in the Classroom

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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.
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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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What's Happening
State Budget
The Budget Conference Committee convened and began the process of comparing the budget actions put forward by the Assembly and those from the Senate contrasted with what the governor has put forward.  The committee will now consider those issues where the Assembly and Senate put forward differing proposals to negotiate a single action.  Click here to see the Conference Committee Reports with the Open Items list.

Members of the Conference Committee are:  Senators Holly J. Mitchell, Nancy Skinner, Richard D. Roth, Jim Nielsen, John M.W. Moorlach and Assemblymembers Philip Ting, Joaquin Arambula, Richard Bloom, Rocky Chávez, Jay Obernolte

For child care there is agreement on:
  • $166 million ($110 million General Fund and $56 million federal funds) for Alternative Payment slots and $50 million federal funds for General Child Care Slots.
  • Approves $167 million one-time Proposition 98 for Inclusive Early Education Expansion Grants.

A Sea of Blue for the Early Care and Education Advocacy Day!

Last Tuesday advocates came together to communicate strong support of increased funding.

The Early Care and Education (ECE) Coalition is a partnership of early childhood education advocacy and service organizations working together to secure access to high quality early learning and care for California's low-income children and families. Early care and education is vital to giving California's kids everything they need for a bright future while supporting working families, and we urge you to support a $1 billion increase in the 2018-19 budget to meet their child care needs.

The severe undersupply of infant and toddler care is creating a crisis for working parents, their families, our businesses, and our state's future. Our youngest children need the most care, but the least help is available for their families. We urge you this budget year to commit to making critical, substantial investments that meet the needs of working families, provide new child care spaces, adequate per-child funding, age appropriate facilities and infrastructure, start-up support, and professional development for all care settings.

California is the 5th largest economy in the world, yet it is providing affordable infant and toddler child care to less than 14% of eligible families. In contrast, England, the 6th largest economy in the world, provides universal early care and education for 3- and 4-year-olds, as well as 30 hours a week of enriching care for infants and toddlers in families making less than $136,000 annually. With support and investment in care for babies and toddlers, California will be creating a more seamless support system for children from the beginning of life to preschool and beyond.
California Senate and Assembly floor sessions will convene on Tuesday and Thursday this week. 
Click here   to be directed to CAPPA's website to see all of the legislation that has been identified to be of interest to our field. You can find fact sheets and sample letter templates when available. On this page, CAPPA will also note legislative hearings of interest to our field.  
Below are the bills of interest that have been scheduled for a hearing:
Legislation needing action of support:
AB 60 (Santiago) - Continuity of child care.  Below is a request from the Child Care Law Center for letters to be submitted by noon on June 6th:
Last year's AB 60 created 12 months of continuous child care so parents can keep working and children can thrive.  Because this was done through the Budget Act of 2017, the newly amended AB 60 addresses the problems that families encounter during the transfer between the various stages of CalWORKs child care.  This bill will require counties to provide Stage 2 contractors with online access to the necessary data to enroll families in the next stage of child care, and to not discontinue Stage 1 child care until confirmation of enrollment or that the family is no longer eligible is received.  

Click here for background sheet on AB 60.
Click here for sample letter.

Below are a couple bills of interest:
  • AB 2292 (Aguiar- Curry) Child care: reimbursement rates: start up costs: grants.  Below is a partial paste of the amendments: The bill would establish the Early Education Expansion Program for the purpose of increasing access to inclusive early care and education programs and increasing early learning infrastructure capacity in high-need communities. The bill would require the State Department of Education to award grants on a competitive basis, and would require a grant to be used for one-time infrastructure costs only. The bill would require an applicant to include specified information in its application. 
    The bill would also establish the Early Education Expansion Program for Local Educational Agencies. The bill would require the department to award grants on a competitive basis, and would require the department's Special Education Division and Early Education and Support Division to provide guidance to local educational agencies on serving young children with exceptional needs in the least restrictive environment. The bill would require a grant to be used for one-time infrastructure costs only. The bill would require an applicant to include specified information in its application.  The act establishes the California Child Care Initiative Project and provides that the objective of the project is to increase the availability of quality child care programs in the state.
  • AB 2626 (Mullin) Child care services. This bill makes a number of statewide changes to subsidized child care and development programs, including raising the income eligibility threshold for families; changing the age restrictions for California State Preschool Programs (CSPP); providing opportunities for staff training; and increasing flexibility in the use of contracted funds.  The amendment would delete the 6-month exception for families establishing initial eligibility or ongoing eligibility on the basis of seeking employment. 
  •  SB 982 (Mitchell) CalWORKs: grant amount. 
    The amendments taken would Eliminate the minimum grant aid level. Establish annual maximum grant aid levels for 2019 through 2021. Eliminate the annual increase in grants that is tied to the federal poverty level. Clarify counties' share of cost responsibility.
  • Federal
    Immigrant Families' Safety in Early Childhood Programs 
    Many people are aware that immigration agents aren't supposed to engage people at places like schools, hospitals, and churches. It's less known that early childhood programs are also protected.

    "Sensitive locations policies" are internal guidance at Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Patrol (CBP).  In short, immigration agents can't apprehend, arrest, interview, or search people at certain locations without a warrant or other prior approval. That includes schools, school bus stops, health care facilities, places of worship, sites of religious or civil ceremonies, and public demonstrations.

    Early childhood programs -including known and licensed child care, Head Start, preschool, pre-kindergarten, and other early learning programs-fall under the definition of "schools."

    What you can do to keep immigrant families safe

    CLASP's fact sheets on sensitive locations are available in English or Spanish. Please share them with your networks and encourage  early childhood programs to display them prominently for parents and staff.

    For more information read our blog post.
    Follow up Resources on new Child Care & Development Block Grant Funds
    as forwarded to CAPPA by Hannah Matthews from CLASP

    These resources from CLASP may be helpful in answering your questions about the new funds:
    The National Women's Law Center (NWLC) and CLASP are creating a learning community for advocates to facilitate sharing around state strategies for the new CCDBG funds. Click here to fill out the form if you're interested in joining. We will hold monthly calls where advocates can share their best practices, state developments, challenges, and opportunities. This will also be a useful place to discuss maintaining these funds in FY19 and beyond.

    CAPITOL HILL: House Committee Releases Draft TANF Reauthorization

    Last week, the House Ways and Means Committee published draft legislation that would reauthorize the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, including making significant changes to child care entitlement spending by states.

    In its current version, the legislation proposes raising the cap by allowing states to transfer up 50% of TANF funds to CCDF. However, it would prohibit these funds from being spent on child care activities.  While CCAoA supports giving states more flexibility on child care investment, we fear that this proposal could negatively affect families and communities who depend on this support.

    Child Care Aware® of America provided comments on the draft bill to the Committee that you can review here . The official introduction and consideration of the bill may happen soon. 

    As of now, there is no Senate companion legislation.
    Of Interest
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    Message from Sarah Neville-Morgan, Director of EESD

    Dear Early Learning and Care Partners,
    I wanted to share with you information from the federal Department of Health and Human  Services, Office of Child Care (OCC) related to allocations of Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) funds in light of the increased budget appropriation for fiscal year (FY) 2018. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 includes $5.226 billion in  discretionary funding for the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program. This is a $2.4 billion increase from the discretionary funding for federal fiscal year (FFY) 2017. Combined with the mandatory funding that was awarded in October, FFY 2018 funding for the CCDF program is $8.143 billion. California's federal CCDF allocation for FFY 2018 is now $827,230,552, which is an increase of $231.649 million from FFY 2017.
    Due to the late notice in receiving our funding amount and the timing of the Governor's May Budget Revise, the plan is to have a robust input process in the summer. This lets us be more thoughtful on the use of these additional, discretionary funds. At this time, we don't expect these will be part of the 2018-19 state budget.
    Per a recent OCC discussion with Shannon Christian, this additional funding provides an opportunity for lead agencies to invest in some of the expensive systems-building and infrastructure efforts that have come with implementing CCDBG reauthorization. These efforts include purchasing equipment for doing fingerprinting for background checks, building more consumer-friendly websites, and developing data systems that allow for integration across agencies. This funding also provides an opportunity to support quality improvement efforts for
    informal child care that may currently be excluded from or underrepresented in such initiatives as quality rating and improvement systems and professional development.
    This substantial increase in federal resources devoted to child care is a major milestone that presents significant opportunities.  We look forward to working with partners and stakeholders as we continue to implement the CCDBG in California and increase access to quality early learning and care for California's most vulnerable children and families.
    Thank you for all you do!
    Sarah Neville-Morgan
    Director, Early Education and Support Division
    California Department of Education
    1430 N Street, Suite 3410
    Sacramento, CA  95814-5901
    Upcoming CAPPA Events 
    Regional Technical Assistance Trainings- Summer 2018

    June 11, 2018

    June 14, 2018
    Santa Rosa

    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):
      • How to successfully prepare for a GAU in the age of 12-month eligibility-discussions based on recently conducted reviews
      • Provider Reimbursement Methods 
    • Lunch (11:45am-12:15pm)
    • CAPPA Budget and Legislative Discussion and Updates (12:15pm-1:00pm)
    • 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.

    CAPPA Statewide Meeting-in partnership with CDE
    June 21, 2018
    University of Phoenix
    2860 Gateway Oaks Drive
    Bldg. B, Ste. 100
    Sacramento CA  95833
    Classrooms 121/122/123 

    To better support our field, CAPPA, in partnership with CDE, will be hosting an informational training for our field in Sacramento!  
    These Statewide Meetings will bring our field together to share insights and experiences, explore ideas, shape policy, and discuss best practices.
    Both locations will offer the same format, agenda and presentations. We hope you can join us!

    Improper Payment Elimination and Recovery Act Results
    The purpose of this informational session is to present information and results regarding the Improper Payments and Elimination Recovery Act (IPERA) review for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2015-16.
    Overview of the Alternative Payment, CalWORKs Child Care and Family Child Care Home Education Networks Review Guide
    This workshop presents an overview of the Alternative Payment review guide and provides clear written information that will be used in Alternative Payment monitoring reviews.
    Attendance Recording, Reporting and Provider Payments (Alternative Payment Programs)
    This workshop presents an overview of the changes to attendance reporting as prescribed in AB 274. It will provide information on provider payment requirements and parent and provider responsibilities for attendance recording for reimbursements, proration, monthly maximums, provider examples of actual calculations and how to deal with oddities like if hourly rates exceed daily rates.

    A BIG Thank you to our event partners!


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    We look forward to seeing you!
    Joint logo
    Network and CAPPA Joint Annual Conference 2018
    October 17-19, 2018
    DoubleTree Hotel Sacramento
    Sacramento, CA

    The California Child Care Resource & Referral Network and the California Alternative Payment Program Association look forward to hosting our 6th Joint Conference together this fall.
    Registration information, along with a preliminary conference program, will be released in July. At that time, online registration will be open and attendees will be able to indicate their
    workshop selections when they register for the conference.
    Conference registration includes four meals, two plenary sessions, over 60 workshop selections and all conference materials.
    WHAT:         Joint Network/CAPPA Conference
    WHEN:         October 17-19, 2018
    TIME:           Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. to Friday at 12:00 p.m.
    WHERE:       DoubleTree Hotel
                           2001 Point West Way
                           Sacramento, CA 95815
                           (916) 929-8855
    CONFERENCE COST: Member Agencies, 5 or More Staff - $359 per person
                                         Member Agencies - $405 per person
                                         Non-Member Agencies - $525.00 per person

    Hotel Reservations:
    Our room block at the DoubleTree is already sold out. If you are still in need of a room, please email 

    NEW!! Exhibitor and Sponsor Information is now available!

    Registration and workshop information will be available in early August.

    Upcoming Field Events 
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    To help the field better coordinate the calendaring of information valuable to all, we are hosting a field calendar.  On the calendar will be national, state and regional meetings, legislative and budget hearings, and any other events brought to our attention.  To add to the calendar, simply email CAPPA.
    Register Today for an Entire Year's Worth of Training!

    All New Early Learning & Child Care Webinar Series for 2018!

    Build or Add to your  Resource Library!
    This is Your Opportunity to Receive Professional Development in a Format Convenient to You.

    Topic for June 2018:
    Inclusion Strategies for Children with Exceptional Needs in the Classroom
    Jacqui Banta, Program Director, Children's Resource & Referral of Santa Barbara County
    Participants will learn effective strategies for use in the early childhood classroom for children who exhibit speech-language, sensory processing, and behavioral challenges due to developmental delays. Information regarding the identification of developmental delays and resources available will be shared as well as communicating effectively with parents to assist them with supporting their children's needs.CAPPA Children's Foundation, in partnership with MCT Technology, brings you an ALL NEW Series of trainings, all for one low price per center or program location.
    View the webinar series and be connected without ever leaving your location. This is a fabulous opportunity to train staff, providers and the community on the most requested child care topics for 2018 at an affordable price in an incredibly convenient format.

    Click Here to see more details, topics and to register for the all new 2018 series.

    The 2010- 2017 series' are still available for purchase. Purchase the 2010, 2011 and 2012 webinar CDs for 50% off!! For more information or to view past topics, Click Here.