"Children Learning, Parents Earning, Communities Growing"
Issue #13                                                        March 30, 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. 

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CAPPA Member Only Benefits
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Best Practices
CAPPA has been working on Best Practices and policies to support you during this challenging time.
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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.
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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

International Institute Los Angeles

Manager Early Childhood Special Education
Napa County Office of Education
Children's Council San Francisco  
Field Happenings
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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.

FEDERAL -   The new bipartisan economic stimulus legislation - known as the CARES Act - contains significant new resources to help states address their massive, immediate budget problems due to COVID-19, though states will almost certainly need more aid in coming months.

The centerpiece of the state aid is the $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund, which state, tribal, and local governments can use this year to meet costs connected to the virus. Each state will receive at least $1.25 billion - though the District of Columbia will only receive about $500 million - while the most populous states (California and Texas) will receive over $10 billion each, we estimate. (Click here)  ( California $15,321 billion).  In most states, a portion of the funding will go to local governments serving populations over 500,000. Tribal governments will receive $8 billion.
 
The CARES Act also includes $30 billion for elementary and secondary schools and colleges and universities, $25 billion for mass transit systems, $5 billion for community development block grants (30 percent of which will go to state governments), $3.5 billion for child care, and $400 million to prepare for elections, among other funding directed to states.

States and tribes are incurring huge new costs as they seek to contain and treat the coronavirus and respond to the virus-induced spike in joblessness and related human needs. At the same time, they're projecting sharply lower tax revenues due to the widespread collapse of economic activity brought about by the virus' spread and needed containment activities. If they respond to this dire fiscal crisis by laying off state and tribal employees, scaling back government contracts for businesses, and cutting public services and other forms of spending, those actions will make the recession worse. (Tribes are uniquely vulnerable to the downturn since tribal businesses deeply affected by the virus and downturn, such as casinos, often generate vital government revenue for tribes to run programs such as public health and child care.) Given the economy's extremely rapid decline and the extraordinary damage being done to state, tribal, and local budgets, federal policymakers very likely will need to come back and provide more help to states and families affected by the crisis.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the "CARES Act")   The $2 trillion was signed into law. The full bill text and a section-by-section summary are attached. Here are the relevant highlights:
  •   $3.5 billion in emergency funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) available through September 30, 2021
  1. CLASP has pulled together new estimates that show how much states can expect to receive in emergency child care funding, which states can use to:provide continued payments and assistance to child care providers in the case of decreased enrollment or closures related to coronavirus, and to assure they are able to remain open or reopen as appropriate;
  2. provide child care assistance, without regard to income, to health care sector employees, emergency responders, sanitation workers, and other workers deemed essential during the response to the coronavirus; and
  3. provide funding to child care providers who were not participating in subsidy prior to the public health emergency for the purposes of cleaning and sanitation and other activities necessary to maintain or resume the operation of programs. To see the estimates and read more, click here.    (California $339,325,475)
  •  $750 million for Head Start
Paid Leave - Not much changed from the last stimulus package, Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
  1.  No expansions of paid lead/paid sick day coverage from FFCRA (maintains 500+ employee carve-out and no new FMLA purposes) and no changes in reimbursement rates/caps
  2. No major limitations or additional carve-outs to FFCRA. There are concerns about broad OMB allowance to exempt executive branch employee
  3. Good change on employer tax credit provision allowing for advance, rather than reimbursement, of paid leave/paid sick day cost
Unemployment Insurance (UI)
  1. $250 billion in temporary enhancements to the UI system through 2020, including:
    1. $600 increase in the weekly UI checks of unemployed workers;
    2. Special disaster relief program, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) that expands UI coverage to self-employed workers, gig workers, and independent contractors; and
    3. A temporary 13-week extension of UI benefits.
  2. For more information on the UI provisions in the CARES Act from the National Employment Law Center (NELP), click here . To read NELP's full press release, click here.
Recovery rebates
  1. The legislation provides for direct payments to individuals called "recovery rebates"  
  2. The rebates are worth a maximum of $1,200 per person ($2,400 for a married couple filing a joint tax return)
    • An additional $500 per dependent child age 16 or under
For more information, such as who is eligible, who is left out, and how the rebates will be issued, click here.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loans/grants

  1. $10 billion for SBA emergency grants to small businesses, including non-profits
    • Businesses with fewer than 500 employees could be eligible for up to $10 million in forgivable small business loans
  2. The Bipartisan Policy Center and Committee for Economic Development has put together a thorough summary of these provisions specifically for child care providers, to read the summary click here.
Other important federal updates
  1. The IRS has extended the tax filing deadline to July 15th. For more IRS-related coronavirus information, click here .
  2. The Department of Education announced last week that it will stop collecting on student loans in default. This break began on March 13th and will last for a minimum of 60 days. To read more, click here.
SIGN UP FOR THIS INFORMATION WEBINAR: CACFP during COVID-19: New USDA flexibilities offer program options

This webinar is an opportunity to learn about new flexibilities designed to support CACFP providers, programs, and sponsors in offering access to nutritious meals for children in the current COVID-19 public health emergency.  Child care centers, providers, afterschool programs, sponsoring organizations and shelters can all learn something important from this webinar. On this webinar USDA will explain the new waivers allowing CACFP sites to make adjustments to normal operating rules.  The waivers offer options to:
  1. simplify food procurement,
  2. use meal pattern flexibilities when food supplies are disrupted,
  3. suspend normal meal-times,
  4. offer "grab and go" take home meals or delivered meals instead of on-site meal service (non-congregate feeding), and
  5. drop the activity requirement for at-risk afterschool programs.
 Date and Time:  Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 2:00 Eastern, 1:00 Central, 11:00 Pacific Time
   Register here 

An uplifting way to start the week, for those of us who need a break from the chaos that is our lives.

During this time where we are all stressed, it would be great to celebrate the positive.  Each week we will celebrate  everyday heroes, inspiring movements and great things happening in our field. 

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, it's clear that  among LA's most vulnerable are our low-income and immigrant working families. School closures have left these families without childcare with many facing the difficult decision to miss work without pay to care for their children. Each passing day, these families continue to disproportionately bear additional dire impacts including the loss of work hours or shifts, and perhaps even their jobs. Many are without the necessary funds to pay for basic necessities such as food, rent and medical care and many more families will be in this position as the pandemic continues.
Supporting these families requires collective action. That's why on March 16 over 20 non-profit organizations collectively launched One Family LA, a fundraising effort to help LA's families and their children in this difficult time. Every dollar donated will go straight to families most economically impacted by Covid-19 to cover their basic necessities.

Let us know
 
what your organization is doing, we would love to feature you in the coming weeks!
2020-21 California State Budget
UPCOMING BUDGET HEARINGS

Due to the State's need to mitigate the COVID-19 crisis, the Legislature is on recess until April 13th, 2020 pending further postponement. There will be no budget or legislative hearings during this time. 

EMERGENCY COVID-19 FUNDING LEGISLATION
On March 17, 2020, the Legislature passed urgency legislation related  to  COVID-19 emergency response funding. These included: 
  • SB 117 by the Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review - Education finance: average daily attendance and timeline waivers: protective equipment and cleaning appropriation: COVID-19.
    • Provides relief to school districts, boards of education, and child care centers including: 
      • Provides $100 million for Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and child care centers located with LEAs to purchase protective equipment and cleaning supplies in response to the COVID-19 crisis. 
      • Waives attendance and reporting requirements for state subsidized child care programs, including CalWorks, Alternative Payment Programs, general childcare, and the State Preschool Program. 
      • The full bill text can be found here. 
  • SB 89 
    by the Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review - Budget Act of 2019.
    • Provides relief to small businesses and non-profits impacted by COVID-19, starting at $500 million with potential to go to $1 billion. 
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:

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the legislature's urgent need to focus efforts on immediate response to COVID-19, the legislature will be on recess from March 20th- April 13th with potential for further postponement. There will be no legislative or budget hearings during this time. 


Early Childhood Policy Council Meeting Notice
  Please join us for the first meeting of the Early Childhood Policy Council.
 
Thursday, April 2, 2020
9:30 a.m. -- 11:30 p.m. PST 
For those who would like to participate:
Please see the Zoom registration link below.
 
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Meeting materials:
Reasonable accommodations:
We ask that any person who wishes to receive meeting materials in an alternative format, which would enable that person to participate at the meeting, please contact Chelsea Rau at  Chelsea.Rau@chhs.ca.gov   at least five business days prior to the meeting for this request.
 
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.
COVID-19 Community Resources 
COVID-19 CAPPA & Community Resources 
During California's Declared State of Emergency, we will be highlighting resources to support you in your work.

Please visit CAPPA's COVID-19 Response Page found at  https://www.cappaonline.com/cde-dss . We are updating this page daily with breaking news, guidance from CDE, DSS, and the Governor, as well as ongoing questions and answers to questions from the field. 

We are also featuring community online resources for parents and providers on our new resource page, found at  https://www.cappaonline.com/covid-19-resources.
 
Information from the Governor's office can be found at  www.COVID19.ca.gov

Additionally, we encourage you to explore community resources from our partners that have been put together to support the field as we navigate this unprecedented crisis together. 

Community Online Resource Websites to Support Parents & Providers:
  •  Zero to Three- Resources offering tips for families including age-appropriate responses to common questions, a guide to self-care, and activities for young children experiencing social distancing.
  • Hi Mama -  Hi Mama compiled these resources with the feedback and support from the child care community to help child care centers, teachers and families make the most of these uncertain times to continue providing great care for our kiddos.
  • KIDANGOLearn at Home kits and online resources provide parents with the tools to play together, read together, and learn together while maintaining your physical and mental health.
  • HealthyKidsHealthyFutures.org Modeling healthy habits through your environment, daily activities, and collaboration with parents can make a huge impact on the well-being of kids in your care.
  • First5LA While COVID-19 has closed preschools and elementary schools, your child's learning can - and should - continue at home.
  • VeryWellFamily - Fun Learning Activities for Kids You Can Do at Home
Check out our website: https://www.cappaonline.com/covid-19-resources   for additional community resources. 

 
Are yo u and your kids feeling isolated?
Join us for fun, enriching programs and social connections
  Playgroups, Parent Cafe, New & Expecting Moms Support Group -- all online!
 
At Children's Council, we are committed to doing everything we can to support our city's families during this difficult time. So, we're taking our popular Parent and Caregiver programs online!
Join us for FREE family fun, learning activities and social connections that will lift your spirit and build your child development skills. All families and caregivers welcome. RSVP now!
 
Please note: if you are using a laptop or desktop computer, you'll just need to click on the link on the event page or reminder email you'll be receiving. If you're using a mobile device, you'll need to install the Zoom app to participate.
 
Virtual Playgroups
Tue, Mar 31 and Tue, Apr 7: 10:30 - 11am
Special guest "Teacher Bill" from Happy Baby Signs, who will lead a special Baby Sign Language workshop. This interactive class will include signs for the whole family, plus songs, games and time for questions and feedback. Designed for 0-6 year-olds and their parents/caregivers.
 
Virtual Parent Café
Wed, Apr 1: 5 - 6pm
Build supportive relationships with other families while learning how to better manage the stress of parenting, particularly during these difficult days. Enjoy engaging with your peers and our child development experts.
 
Virtual New & Expecting Moms Group
Thu, Apr 2: 11 - 11:30am
If you're a new or expecting mommy and feeling stressed, we're here for you with group discussion and interactive activities. Build new relationships and support communication between you and your child. Our facilitator is a new mom herself, with a background in social psychology and adult/child education.
  We look forward to seeing you online!

Do you have a resource page you would like to share? Email it to   CAPPA 
to be included in next week's newsletter! 
2020-21 Federal Budget & Policy Updates

Federal  
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
Management Bulletin 20-05 Subject: COVID-19 Guidance: Temporary Waiver of Family Fees
Attention:  All Executive Officers and Program Directors of Early Learning and Care Programs
Management Bulletin 20-05  notifies and provides guidance to state-subsidized early learning and care (ELC) programs that they must waive family fees following the enactment of Senate Bill 117.
It is important to note that the fee waiver is not a permanent change to statute or regulation. Each requirement will apply until June 30, 2020, unless nullified or changed by the Legislature. As the situation evolves and more information is available, the CDE will issue additional guidance.  
 
Please visit the ELCD Management Bulletin 20-05 web page at: 
Management Bulletin 20-04: COVID-19 Guidance on Apportionment, Attendance, and Reporting Requirements

Subject:
COVID-19 Guidance on Apportionment, Attendance, and Reporting Requirements
Number: 20-04
Date: March 18, 2020
Expires: June 30, 2020 or unless rescinded sooner
Authority: Senate Bill 117 (Chapter 3, Statutes of 2020)
Attention: Executive Directors, and Program Directors of All Early Learning and Care Programs

Purpose
 
This Management Bulletin (MB) is to notify and provide guidance to state-subsidized early learning and care programs about updated apportionment, attendance, and reporting requirements after the enactment of Senate Bill (SB) 117.
It is important to note that this is not a permanent change to statute or regulations. These requirements will apply until June 30, 2020, unless nullified or changed by the Legislature. As the situation evolves and more information is available, the California Department of Education (CDE) will issue additional guidance.
The CDE encourages those that can safely provide care to do so, following state and local public health guidance in addition to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Additionally, as needs evolve, the CDE will be reaching out to early learning and care contractors and programs to have them be part of the solution in addressing the needs of working families, in particular, the needs of low-income families and parents who are health workers, emergency response personnel, key governmental staff, and child care workers.

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
Coronavirus Diaries: How Child Care Workers Across the Country Are Coping
Coronavirus Diaries is a series of dispatches exploring how the coronavirus is affecting people's lives. For the latest public health information, please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website. For Slate's coronavirus coverage, click here These accounts by child care workers throughout the United States are based on interviews conducted and edited for clarity by Rachelle Hampton.

CRYSTAL, part-time nanny whose clients have all canceled in Atlanta.
Everything happened so quickly. I'm a full-time social worker for a nonprofit, but I work for several different families in the Atlanta area for evening, travel, and weekend care. I realized that things were changing drastically when I was getting cancellations on Friday for the next coming week. I don't have any gigs right now. Evening and weekend shifts for nannies or any other child care workers are nonexistent because families are staying at home. They're not going out of town anymore.

Click here to read full article via Slate.

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California asks Feds to Let CalFresh Recipients Get Food by Delivery 

As Californians stay home to comply with orders meant to fight the  coronavirus, many now  rely on online food ordering to avoid crowds at supermarkets.  But people who buy groceries with CalFresh, the state's version of food stamps, are barred from using the benefit for online or delivered orders, meaning that they or their helpers must buy food in person at stores.

Click here  to read full article via the San Francisco Chronicle.