"Children Learning, Parents Earning, Communities Growing"
Issue #11                                                    March 16, 2020
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March 2020 Featured Agency of the Month

For over 45 years, Children's Council has been at the heart of child care and early education in San Francisco. Under the leadership of   CEO Gina M. Fromer , each year our 120 staff members support 20,000+ families on their search for child care/preschool that meets their needs, and we coach over 5,000 families in applying for and maintaining child care subsidies.
 
Grounded in the Five Protective Factors, Children's Council's  family services  
 provide comprehensive, individualized support and connection in a way that affirms and builds on families' strengths. Our evolving set of Parent/Caregiver programs - attended by over 5,500 participants each year - include weekly playgroups, monthly parent cafés, a support group for new and expecting moms, a toy & book lending library and workshops facilitated by experts. 

Click Here to learn more.






 
CAPPA Member Only Benefits
CAPPA Member Benefits now available on the Members Only website: 

Best Practices
CAPPA would like to support you with more samples of Best Practices being used in the field.  Currently, we host a number of SAMPLE Best Practices in our online library
Visit the Member's Only website to view today!


Sample of webinars available on the Member's only website:

Visit the  CAPPA Member's Only website  for more information on this webinar series and other benefits available to CAPPA Members.  
 
CAPPA's 
2019-20 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

Members-at-Large
Gina Fromer
Children's Council  of San Francisco 

Darrell Hills
Crystal Stairs, Inc. 

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

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
February 28, 2020
Guidelines for Early Learning in Child Care Home Settings Video Series
February 28, 2020
The Alignment of the California Preschool Learning Foundations with Key Early Education Resources, Second Edition
February 20, 2020
Family Childcare Providers: Collective Bargaining; Additional Data Elements to be Reported
January 30, 2020
January 2, 2020
California State Preschool Program (CSPP) Free or Reduced-Price Meal Eligibility Criteria to Enroll Four-Year-Olds
December 10, 2019
November 6, 2019
FY 2019-20 RFA for CSPP Expansion Funds
November 5, 2019
FY 2019-20 RFA for CCTR Expansion Funds
October 14, 2019
15-day comment period is now closed.
Job Openings

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Child Care Subsidy Coordinator
The Resource Connection
Colusa County Office of Education

Director of Alternative Payment Programs
Hively (Formerly Child Care Links) Alameda County

Solano Family and Children's Services

International Institute Los Angeles

Manager Early Childhood Special Education
Napa County Office of Education
Children's Council San Francisco  
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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Of Interest
Coronavirus - Information & resources for our field
CAPPA is supporting our field with coordinated information for all to use here. If you have a resource to share and or a question, email.

Hosted on our website will be breaking information as it relates to our child care programs, providers and families.  This includes questions submitted from the field to CDE with answers as they are developed, resources for all to access,  and breaking state and federal actions.  This site will be updated as often as needed.

Stories needed now.   The National Women's Law Center is collecting stories about how child care/Head Start providers on the ground are being impacted by the spread of the virus as well as parents and educators as this is essential to ensuring that Congress includes solutions for child care & early learning in future stimulus packages. If you have information to share, please send it to Kyra Miller at  kmiller@nwlc.org

CCDF Recovery Flexibilities   
 
The  Administration for Children and Families has released materials to help Lead Agencies understand the flexibilities in the CCDF law as they try to help meet the needs of f amilies and communities in response to the spread of COVID-19.  Options available to State, Territory, and Tribal Lead Agencies include: 
·        Flexibility to change eligibility or priority criteria to permit uninterrupted child care 
·        Flexibility to define income and set the income threshold for purposes of CCDF eligibility  
·        Option to waive family co-payment requirements for families that meet criteria established by the Lead Agency - which may include, for example, families impacted by federal or state declared emergency situations  
·        Option to use quality dollars to provide immediate assistance to impacted families, including families that do not participate in CCDF 
States may also enact legislation or regulation in order to take advantage of these flexibilities. States may also need to submit a Plan amendment or waiver request to the Office of Child Care .   Click here  to access ACF's full memo on CCDF flexibility during state or federal emergencies.  
 
In addition, ACF has released   a letter with updated resources and information about administrative relief strategies, as well as a list of   FAQs  about CCDF and COVID-19.   

2020-21 California State Budget
UPCOMING BUDGET HEARINGS
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the legislature's urgent need to focus efforts on an immediate response to COVID-19, all hearings the week of March 16th have been postponed. The below hearings are subject to change at any time. 

NOTE:  CAPPA will only highlight those upcoming budget hearings relevant to our field. 
  • POSTPONED: March 18 @ 2:30 pm - ASM Budget Sub 1 - Department of Social Services; California Access to Housing and Services Initiative, CalWORKs, CalFRESH & Emergency Food
  • March 25 @ 2:30 pm - ASM Sub 1 - Department of Social Services: Foster Care & Community Care Licensing
  • March 26 Upon call of the chair - SEN B&FR Sub 1 - Child Care and Early Education, Early Education Facilities
  • March 26 @ 9:30 Joint Hearing SEN B&FR Sub 1 & Sub 3 - Health & Human Services Agency/Office of Systems Integration - Office of Early Childhood Development
  • April 1 @ 2:30 pm - ASM Sub 1 - H&HS Advocacy Proposals
  • April 16 @ 9:30 SEN B&FR Sub 3 - Department of Social Services:  CalWORKs, CalFRESH and Automation
  • May 7 @ 9:30 SEN B&FR Sub 1 Department of Education - Child Nutrition
Click here to read CAPPA's submitted letter on the budget.  If you or your organization has a position or view to share, email CAPPA.

Below is the data that legislators must understand when they make the most impactful of funding decisions.  Funding the needs below will immediately change lives of children and working families.
California is the 5th largest economy in the world.  We have the resources to do better by the children in this state.   
What's Happening
California 

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 here where 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 .   Upcoming dates to be aware:
  • March 16-20 No committee hearings.  Floor session only.
  • April 2-13 Spring Recess
  • April 24 Last day for policy committees to hear fiscal bills
  • May 1 Last day for policy committees to hear nonfiscal bills
CONGRA TULATIONS  
to one of our own! We are so pleased to support the confirmation of Kimberley Johnson as Director of the California Department of Social Services. Director Johnson is a lifelong advocate for California's most vulnerable, with a long career in early childhood education. We are confident that she will continue to lift up families and strengthen the lives of so many more.  

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the legislature's urgent need to focus efforts on immediate response to COVID-19, all hearings the week of March 16th have been postponed. The below hearings are due to change at any time. 

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 Member and Bill of the Week
Senator Lena Gonzalez 
representing the 33rd Senate District representing a part of Los Angeles County covering the cities of 
Bell, Bell Gardens, Cudahy, Huntington Park, Lakewood, Long Beach, South Los Angeles, Lynwood, Maywood, Paramount, Signal Hill, South Gate, Vernon, Walnut Park. 

Senator Lena A. Gonzalez was elected to the State Senate to represent the 33rd District in June of 2019. Growing up in a working-class family where her father was a truck driver and her mother worked in aerospace, Senator Gonzalez learned the value of hard work and dedication.

Prior to being elected to the Senate, Gonzalez served on the Long Beach City Council from 2014-2019. On the Council, Gonzalez tackled issues such as banning the use of expanded polystyrene (Styrofoam) in local restaurants, creating over 200 new parking spaces, protecting local businesses through increased access to contracts and bids, and ensuring the City of Long Beach took steps to combat and address homelessness.
 


2020-21 Federal Budget & Policy Updates
Federal Appropriations Update

Reminder: Congress is set to soon begin its appropriations process! The Labor-HHS-Education subcommittee markup is scheduled for April 29th, with a f ull committee markup on May 13th.  Advocacy up until and after these markup sessions is crucial for securing funding increases for child care and early learning programs in FY 2021 and for setting these programs up for an even bigger increase in FY 2022!  In your congressional outreach, be sure to mention these letters that are currently being circulated:
    • Dear Colleague Letters: There are a number of Dear Colleague letters on child care and early learning appropriations asks (led by both Rs and Ds!) circulating in the House of Representatives, and one in the Senate.  You can access the letters to share with your representatives in this google folder. Keep in mind that the deadlines for signing on to these letters are approaching quickly:
  • oAll House letters will be closing on March 9th
  • oSenator Bob Casey's letter on CCDBG, Head Start and Early Head Start, IDEA and PDG B-% is closing for sign-ons by March 20th COB!
    • National Child Care and Early Learning Coalition Appropriations Ask Letter: This letter, which you can find on NWLC's website NWLC's website, is a great advocacy tool to share with your federal delegation!
Check out the latest podcast from The Child and Family Policy Center's child policy series, "A Deeper Dive", featuring Amy Matsui, the Director of Income Security at NWLC.  On this episode, "Can Tax Credits Save Child Care", Amy breaks down the role of tax credits in child care policy, and discusses their importance as part of the solution to helping families afford child care.  To listen to the podcast , click here .

More from the National Women's Law Center:   We've heard from many of you about questions regarding your state's allocation of the FY 2020 CCDBG funding increase and wanting something official to share with your state/Governor's offices. We've also received a number of questions about when the new money will be sent to States from the Federal Office of Child Care (OCC). Good news - we've got some answers for you!  
 
Allocation Amounts: While OCC is still finalizing the allocations, the most recent public estimate from the Administration are available in the FY 2020 column of the President's FY 2021 Budget request for CCDBG (p. 96 in this pdf and attached as a spreadsheet). While these are still estimates, if your state or Governor's office wants to see an official HHS number, this is the best thing to share with them at this time. We will make sure to share the final allocation tables when we get them, which should be in a couple of weeks.
 
When Money is Going to States: CCDBG funding is provided to States on a quarterly basis. States typically receive 35% of their allotment in Q1, 35% in Q2, 15% in Q3, and 15% in Q4. Because Congress appropriated the funding late in December, States will receive the funding increase spread out over Quarters 2-4 of this Federal Fiscal Year (Jan-Mar, Apr-June, July-Sept). Q2 awards have been made and Q3 awards are expected to go to States in April. So the bottom line is that your State should have received a portion of the funding increase in its Q2 allotment, with more of the increase coming down starting in April.

ESTIMATED AMOUNT FOR CALIFORNIA - $560,532,134
Below is the first page of a four page document.  Click here to read the full document.

Upcoming CAPPA Trainings
Statewide Meetings postponed!
Future dates TBA


In response to current concerns around the coronavirus (COVID-19) and as precaution to help keep everyone healthy and safe, these Statewide Meetings will be postponed until further notice.  We understand some of you have made travel arrangements and accommodations, and appreciate your patience  as we work through the next steps, including scheduling future dates for these meetings and other changes that will be needed. If you have already paid for these events and would like a refund, please let us know. All attendees and sponsors currently registered will have the opportunity to transfer their registration(s) to the future dates.

April 2-3, 2020
Pomona Unified School District
1444 E. Holt Avenue
Pomona, CA 91767
Entrance 1

April 29, 2020
University of Phoenix
2860 Gateway Oaks Drive
Bldg. B, Ste. 100
Sacramento CA  95833
Classrooms 121/122/123

CDE Information & Updates
EARLY CHILDHOOD POLICY COUNCIL

March 16 (TODAY) 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Join by smart phone, tablet, or computer via  Zoom. New users may be asked to register for a ZOOM account. Download the Zoom app/desktop program. We encourage all users to familiarize themselves with the system requirements before the meeting. Learn more about  how to join a Zoom meeting.

Call-in: 1-669-900-6833  Meeting ID: 112 265 260

Agenda - Early Childhood Policy Council

This Wednesday!
Webinar Announcement: Completing the Program Self Evaluation Using the Program Review Instrument

The CDE, ELCD is hosting a series of webinars to provide contractors with information on completing the fiscal year 2019-20 Program Self-Evaluation (PSE).

Contractors are required to complete a PSE annually, and submit a summary of the findings to the CDE, ELCD by June 1. The first webinar is about using the Program Review Instrument as a tool for completing the PSE.  Subsequent webinars will follow on April 22 and April 28. The focus of those webinars will be on completing the required Form ELCD 4000, and submission requirements for the PSE. The ELCD is offering two sessions of each topic for flexibility, and to accommodate contractors' schedules.

Below is the information you will need to participate in the first series of webinars, "Completing the Program Self-Evaluation Using the Program Review Instrument". Information on subsequent webinars, "Fiscal Year 2019-20 Program Self-Evaluation Submission Requirements," will be announced soon.
Pre-registration is not required to participate in the webinar.
March 18, 2020
9:30 a.m.
Topic:  Completing the Program Self Evaluation Using the Program Review Instrument
Event number: 664 284 771
Event password: 176769

Webinar This Wednesday!
Quality Counts California (QCC) Early Learning and Care (ELC) Workforce Development Pathways Grant Request for Applications Now Available


Greetings Quality Counts California Consortium Members and Local Partners,

The CDE, ELCD is announcing the release of the Quality Counts California (QCC) Early Learning and Care (ELC) Workforce Development Pathways Grant. This grant is designed to align with the QCC professional development system and to focus on local workforce needs across all care setting types. California is committed to increasing the number of qualified ELC professionals across the state and improving their educational attainment.

The Governor and Legislature have allocated $195 million for grants between 2019-20 and 2023-24 for ELC workforce professional development to improve the quality of care and provide accessible avenues for ELC professionals to move along the ELC professional continuum. In addition, the grant incorporates an annual total of $10 million over four years from the Child Development Staff Retention Funds (formerly known as AB 212) in order to bring greater coherence to ELC workforce preparation and education supports. The total funding available through this grant is approximately $233 million.

The QCC ELC Workforce Development Pathways Grant is available on the ELCD Request for Applications web page at  https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fo/r2/qccelcwork1920rfa.asp.

An informational webinar will be held on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, to review the RFA. Below you will find the link to register. It is not necessary to pre-register.

ATTENDEE INFORMATION
Topic: Quality Counts California ELC Workforce Development Pathways Grant Request for Applications
Date and Time: Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at 10 a.m.
Event number: 667 460 890
Event password: 179762
For more information regarding the QCC ELC Workforce Development Pathways Grant or webinar, please email the QCC Workforce Development Pathways Grant Team at

California Preschool Development Grant Statewide
Needs Assessment Report
 
  Dear Preschool Development Grant Stakeholders:
We would like to provide you with some exciting news about both the initial Preschool Development Grant Birth Through Five (PDG-I) as well as the PDG Renewal (PDG-R).
  • Statewide Needs Assessment: The California Department of Education (CDE) submitted both the PDG Needs Assessment as well as the PDG Strategic Plan to the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), and received notice that the Needs Assessment has been reviewed and accepted. The CDE is anticipating a response on the Strategic Plan from the ACF within days. Please find the PDG Needs Assessment and highlights at 
  • PDG-I Activities: California received a no-cost extension from the ACF for several PDG-I activities, through June 2020. The CDE is currently working with contractors as they move toward completion of deliverables, and will then focus on final reporting to the ACF. In addition to the PDG Needs Assessment and Strategic Plan, the PDG-I funded activities across the early learning and care (ELC) system, including: (1) launching of Parent Cafés throughout the state, (2) strengthening workforce training opportunities, and (3) completing foundational planning to take state level steps on creating a parent portal related to consumer education and early childhood integrated and an online professional development system. Detailed highlights will be posted on the PDG website as projects are completed. Examples of PDG-I accomplishments include: 
    • Parent Cafes: In collaboration with the Child Care Resource Center (CCRC), local child care resource and referral (R&Rs) agencies have been working together to strengthen their relationships with parents in their communities. The Parent Café experience was created to give parents tools to increase family strength and resilience. The R&R agencies hosted 127 Parent Cafés (in English, Spanish, and Cantonese), connecting with 1,338 parents throughout the state. Some Parent Cafés reached specific groups such as grandparents and parents in tribal communities. It is anticipated that a total of 112 Parent Cafés will take place through the PDG-I.
    • CELNAR: As a part of the PDG Needs Assessment process, the American Institutes for Research (AIR) has developed a new website that presents data on California's child population, ELC needs, and enrollment in ELC programs. This free, publicly available website, the California Early Learning Needs Assessment Reports (CELNAR) is located at https://reports.elneedsassessment.org/ReportsHome.aspx. The CELNAR provides users with access to reports for the state, individual counties, and groups of counties on the supply and demand for ELC programs for children age birth through five.
  • California's Renewal Grant:  In December 2019, the ACF announced that California was one of 26 states and territories that were awarded funding either for the PDG-R (20) or PDG-I planning (6). The total amount awarded is 11 percent less than the original amount California requested ($13,414,500 annually for three years for a total of $40.2 million). The California Health and Human Services (CHHS) agency submitted California's application for the PDG-R and is currently awaiting approval of a budget modification request from the ACF. If you are interested in reviewing the initial application submitted for the PDG-R, please find it posted on the CHHS website at:  
  • The application covers six different required activity areas, which include: (1) statewide needs assessment; (2) statewide strategic plan; (3) parent and family knowledge, choice and engagement; (4) best practices and professional development for the workforce; (5) improvement in quality and service integration, expanded access and new programs; and (6) monitoring, evaluation and data use for continuous improvement, meaningful governance and stakeholder engagement. Specific activities proposed by the CHHS build on key PDG-I projects and generally align with the focus areas of the Master Plan for Early Learning and Care (MPELC) that will be completed in the fall of 2020.
The CDE is partnering with the CHHS in the transition of lead agency oversight for the PDG-R while the CDE continues to manage the final projects of the PDG-I. The grant period for the PDG-R started in January 2020, with the first several months of the PDG-R focused on the CHHS' recruitment of agency staff to support PDG-R implementation, initiation of contracts and interagency agreements, and initial planning and coordination.

For any questions on PDG-I activities, please contact the CDE PDG team by email at PDG@cde.ca.gov. For questions about PDG-R, please contact the CHHS PDG team by email at PDG@chhs.ca.gov.   

Partner Updates
New Research Briefs About Trends in Child Care Licensing Requirements and Policies for 2017
The   National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance (ECQA Center) is pleased to announce the publication of three research briefs ofindings and trends from the 2017 Child Care Licensing Study :
The data presented in these briefs were collected from state child care licensing regulations  that were in effect as of December 21, 2017, and from responses to the National Association for Regulatory Administration's 2017 survey of state licensing agencies from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Click here to read more.
Interesting Reads
Child Care Programs Need Coronavirus Funding, Advocates Urge Congress

With a growing number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the United States, a coalition of public policy experts have called on Congress to take swift and immediate action in support of child care and early learning providers across the country. In a letter to Congress, advocates highlighted that  child care programs need emergency funding amid the coronavirus outbreak as they are vital to not only the nation's economy, but to many families as well. 

"Child care is so essential to our economy and central to family well being," Karen Schulman,  The National Women's Law Center's (NWLC) child care and early learning research director, tells Romper. "And it is already very vulnerable, particularly in a case like this where there is so much disruption." Some 38 organization have joined the NWLC in urging Congress to support child care and early learning programs during the coronavirus outbreak.

Click here to read full article via Romper.

In California: A national emergency and a deal reached on sick pay + other assistance 

President Trump declares a national emergency as thousands of schools close across California and the country. And a new USA Today analysis shows no state is prepared for what could be six needy patients for every one hospital bed. That's under the best-case scenarios.  Click here to read full article.