"Children Learning, Parents Earning, Communities Growing"
Issue #9                                                    March 2, 2020
CAPPA's monthly "Featured Agency" segment will continue for 2020, highlighting the 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!
March 2020 Featured Agency of the Month
Children's Council of San Francisco

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. 
Currently we are fundraising to create the Play Lab, an adaptable physical space that can be used for these services, along with hands-on education services for ECE programs and for parents on choosing child care. The Play Lab will transform our physical space so that it reflects our place in the community - at the confluence of parents, caregivers and children. 
Our vision is that this exciting new physical space will be the inspiration for Play Lab Pop-Ups, allowing us to bring the most engaging, cutting-edge developmental toys, books and learning materials to families and caregivers around the Bay Area. Children's Council will take our expert-led playgroups and child development workshops "on the road" to communities that need them most - particularly in low-income neighborhoods - engaging children, families and caregivers in the power of play!
We are also committed to early educators in our city, ensuring that all child care providers are continually engaged in improving the quality of their programs. "The Nurture Business" is our suite of professional development opportunities that meets prospective, new and established child care business-owners where they are and helps them move along a path toward high-quality caregiving and sustainable business practices.  
Through workshops, technical assistance, coaching, online resources and financial support, we are incubating viable home-based child care businesses; boosting the incomes of entrepreneurs; and increasing the supply of high-quality infant and toddler care in San Francisco's low-income and high-need neighborhoods. 
Learn more about us at childrenscouncil.org

CEO Gina M Fromer - State Senator Scott Weiner - SF Mayor London Breed - SF Office of Early Care & Education Executive Director Ingrid Mezquita
Children's Council Staff 

Play Lab Pop-Up

Each year, Children's Council staff touches the lives of 20,000+ families in person, by phone and online

** Thank you to Philip Mayard,  Senior Marketing & Communication Manager, for the submission!**
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2019-20 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

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
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

Is Your Organization Hiring?
Post your job announcement here for thousands to see!
There is no charge for CAPPA members.
Non-members will be charged a fee of $75.
Please email us your posting!

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.
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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Of Interest
2020-21 California State Budget

NOTE:  CAPPA will only highlight those upcoming budget hearings relevant to our field. 
  • March 4 @ 4:00 pm - ASM Budget Sub 2 - K-12 & Early Education; Overview of the Governor's 2020-21 Budget  -  The Subcommittee will discuss the Governor's proposed Proposition 98 funding level for the 2020-21 Fiscal Year and related proposals. The Subcommittee will also hear an overview of the Governor's major K-12 and early education spending proposals.
  • March 5 @ 9:30 in room 3191 - SEN B&FR Sub 1 on Education - Department of Education, K-12 Education Overview, Propostion 98, Special Education
  • March 5 @ 9:30 in room 4203 - Department of Social Services Community Care Licensing
  • March 9 @ 2:30 pm ASM Sub 1 - Health & Human Services - H&HS Office of the Surgeon General - Trauma Informed Care
  • 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.

The 2020-21 BudgetEarly Education Analysis
Here are some excerpts:

Department of Early Childhood Development - Recommend Against Creating New Department to Administer State Child Care Programs. The Governor's budget proposes to establish the Department of Early Childhood Development under the California Health and Human Services Agency. The budget includes $6.8 million non-Proposition 98 General Fund for 26 new positions in 2020-21 to support first-year transition efforts. This amount increases to $10.4 million ongoing for 52 new positions in 2021-22, when the department is set to begin administering the state's child care programs and initiatives. We recommend the Legislature reject the proposal, as it lacks sufficient detail and does not provide any clarity on how the restructuring would lead to more effective or efficient services to children and families. While the proposed governance structure could eliminate some fragmentation that currently exists in the child care system, the proposed changes also could create new ones. Moreover, we think making significant changes to the administration of early childhood development programs prior to the release of the forthcoming master plan on early learning and care is premature. The master plan, set to be released by October 1, 2020, is expected to make several recommendations to improve the state's early childhood development programs. The Legislature may want to consider a revised proposal from the administration next year. This would allow the administration to fully develop a plan and to incorporate any recommendations from the master plan.

Click here to read full report.

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

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:
  • 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
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
 Assemblymember Buffy Wicks representing the 15th Assembly District including portions of Alameda and Contra Costa counties - AB 1022 the California Anti-Hunger Response and Employment Training Act of 2019

Buffy's passion is fighting for equity, equal opportunity, and economic security - with a particular focus on policies affecting women and children. She served at the Center for American Progress as a Senior Fellow, where she launched a national policy initiative, with Planned Parenthood and SEIU, fighting for economic security for women and families. Buffy hopes to continue advocating for California's parents and kids as an Assemblywoman in Sacramento, where only 22% of our state legislators are women and just a handful are mothers to young children.
Buffy lives in Oakland with her husband Peter and her 21-month old daughter, Josephine, also known as JoJo.  Click here to read full biography.

2020-21 Federal Budget & Policy Update
Federal Appropriations Update

Congress is set to soon begin its appropriations process: the House of Representatives released their current markup dates for the FY 2021 appropriations season.  The Labor-HHS-Education subcommittee markup is scheduled for April 29th, with a full 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 the coming weeks, be sure to continue reaching out to your congressional delegation to share stories of success in your state and what remaining gaps exist. 


 The National Child Care and Early Learning Coalition recently sent a letter to congress outlining our appropriations funding requests for FY 2021.  The specific programmatic asks outlined in the letter are:


·       An additional $5 billion for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (a total of $10.826 billion);

·         An additional $1.3 billion for Head Start (total of $11.869 billion), including $235.9 million for a cost-of-living adjustment to support the Head Start and Early Head Start workforce, $520.5 million for quality improvement to address the impacts of trauma and adverse childhood experiences (ACES), and $500 million to expand Early Head Start, including for Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships;

·         An additional $787.3 million for early childhood services provided through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), including an additional $497.8 million for Part C (a total of $974.8 million) and an additional $289.5 million for Part B, Section 619 programs (a total of $683.5 million); and  

·         An additional $125 million for the Preschool Development Grants Birth through Five (PDG B-5) program (a total of $400 million).


The letter is a great advocacy tool to amplify on social media or to send to your representatives.  We've also attached a fact-sheet from our friends over at CLASP outlining how our requested increase for CCDBG would impact each state. If you'd like to write your own appropriations ask letter to your congressional delegation from the perspective of your state, please let us over at NWLC know and we would be happy to help! We are also in the process of working on a Dear Colleague letter from Rep. Katherine Clark's office (D-MA-5), that we will be sure to share with you all soon! 


Also, as we all advocate for increased funding for child care and early learning programs for FY 2021, please keep us posted about the impact of new federal funds on your state.  We would really love to highlight your success and how increased funds have already made a big difference for children, families and early childhood educators!

Below is the first page of a four page document.  Click here to read the full document.

Upcoming Highlighted Trainings
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
To better support our field, CAPPA, in partnership with CDE, will be hosting informational trainings for our field in Pomona and Sacramento!  
These Statewide Meetings will bring our field together to share insights and experiences, explore ideas, shape policy, and discuss best practices.
The training in Pomona will be a 2-day event and have two tracks of workshops each day, as space at that venue allows for that. The Sacramento training will be a 1-day event and offer the CDE workshop track.
We hope you can join us!
 2-Day Pomona Training: 
Agenda will include:
  • 3 Workshops from CDE (exact topics coming soon)
  • Strengthening Families: Protective Factors Framework
  • "Compassion Fatigue: Owning Your Narrative"
  • Emergency Child Care Bridge Program Roundtable 
  • New Family Stability for Families on CalWORKs
Day 1 Schedule
9:00am - Registration and Coffee
9:30am-11:00am - Workshop Session 1
11:00am-12:30pm - Workshop Session 2
12:30pm-1:00pm - Lunch (included)
1:00pm-2:30pm - Workshop Session 3

Day 2 Schedule
9:30am - Coffee
10:00am-12:00pm - Workshop Session 1
12:00am-12:30pm - Lunch (included)
12:30pm-2:00pm - Workshop Session 2

1-Day Sacramento Training:
Agenda will include:
  • 3 Workshops from CDE (exact topics coming soon)
9:00am - Registration and Coffee
9:30am-11:00am - Workshop Session 1
11:00am-12:30pm - Workshop Session 2
12:30pm-1:00pm - Lunch (included)
1:00pm-2:30pm - Workshop Session 3

Event Sponsorship
Thank you to our event sponsors!
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CDE Information & Updates
Management Bulletin 20-03: Fiscal Year 2019-20 Program Self-Evaluation

Management Bulletin 20-03  Subject: Fiscal Year 2019-20 Program Self-Evaluation
Attention: Executive Officers and Program Directors of all Early Learning and Care Programs  
Management Bulletin 20-03 informs contractors of CDE, ELCD programs of the requirements and instructions for submitting the Program Self-Evaluation (PSE) due on June 1 of every year.
Please visit the ELCD Management Bulletin 20-03 web page at

Quality Counts California Local Consortia and Partnership Grants Request For Applications Now Available

Greetings Quality Counts California Consortium Members and Local Partners,
First 5 California (F5CA) and the California Department of Education (CDE) are pleased to announce the release of the Quality Counts California (QCC) Local Consortia and Partnership Grants Request for Applications (RFA). This RFA represents a unified application, processes, and funding for F5CA IMPACT (Improve and Maximize Programs so All Children Thrive) 2020, the CDE California State Preschool Program Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) Block Grant, the CDE QCC Block Grant, and the federal Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five Renewal (PDG-R). The state is excited for what the future holds in early learning and care, and the historic investment and collaborative effort this RFA represents.  
The QCC Local Consortia and Partnership Grants RFA is available at https://bit.ly/3930rBL.
Key Dates:
  • Letter of Intent to Apply due: March 2, 2020
  • RFA Discussion Session "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the QCC Local Consortia and Partnership Grant RFA" on February 5, 2020, 10:30-11:45 a.m., at the 2020 Child Health, Education and Care Summit, Irvine, California; Note: if you plan to attend this session, please read the RFA prior to attending.
  • Statewide Informational Webinar: February 12, 2020, 10:00 a.m.-Noon
    Register at: https://first5.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAufuGoqjMrFN4hiDx98RK20AFW2ERcWQ
  • In-person Technical Assistance Sessions: Four in-person meetings with the State Support Team will occur in February and March 2020 at various locations throughout the state. Exact dates and locations will be announced.
  • Applications Due: April 15, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.
  • Grant Awards Announced: May 2020
  • Grant Term Begins: July 1, 2020
For more information, please go to the
QCC website at https://www.qualitycountsca.net/ or email the QCC State Support Team at support@qualityca.net.

2020 Election Information
Information on Upcoming Initiatives

Seven candidates, including a veteran politician from Mountain View and a perennial candidate from Los Altos, are vying to take State Sen. Jerry Hill's place representing the 13th District. The primary election is March 3.

Hill is termed-out after serving eight years in a district that stretches from San Bruno to Mountain View, Los Altos and Sunnyvale. Five of the seven candidates are Democrats. The 13th District is dominated by Democratic-leaning voters.

Link to full article .
Partner Updates
Nearly 3 in 4 States Have Welfare-to-Work Parent Lifetime Time Limits That Are More Generous Than California's

National News
The Child Care Crisis Causes Job Disruptions for More Than 2 Million Parents Each Year

At a time when  more than two-thirds  of young children have all available parents in the workforce, child care is a necessity for most families across the country. Yet new data show that the current child care system lets down parents at nearly every turn. High-quality licensed care can be  hard to find , especially for rural and Latinx communities and for families of  children with disabilities . Beyond the scarcity of child care is the expense: On average, families of children under age 5 spend  $250 per week  on child care. Together, these two facts force millions of parents into choosing from an unappealing list of options: spend more than they can afford on child care, settle for cheaper but potentially lower-quality care, or either leave the workforce or scale back their work hours to provide child care themselves.

Click here to read full article.
Interesting Reads
California governor seeks overhaul of child care programs

S ACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to consolidate the state's confusing array of child care programs that are run by multiple state agencies to make getting the services easier for for low-income parents of young kids.

But the first-term Democratic governor's proposal - which would spend up to $10 million a year to create a new Department of Early Childhood Development - has been criticized by some child care providers. They question the wisdom of spending millions to create a new bureaucracy while thousands of children are stuck on waiting lists for services.

  Click here to read full article.