"Children Learning, Parents Earning, Communities Growing"
Issue #21                                                        May 26, 2020
Join us for our first *ALL VIRTUAL* Child Care & End Child Poverty Advocacy Day on June 4!  ALL ARE WELCOME!!!
On June 4, 2020,  we're coming together as advocates-- child care, food programs, safety net, and  anti-poverty champions-- for our first all digital  "Child Care and End Child Poverty CA Advocacy Day."

Our landscape has shifted significantly.   Let's  raise our unified voices  in  support  of  California's kids and families! The needs are urgent and we want to provide both immediate relief and solutions to build back better.  On June 4th, we'll advocate for budget proposals that keep families fed, keep child care providers open, and commit to lifting families out of poverty. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, unmet need is growing exponentially, yet California is facing an unprecedented budget deficit: we need our decision makers in Sacramento to hear from the field on the impact of this pandemic, and what supports need to be improved during recovery.   Don't miss this impactful day of action!

The day will start with an advocate training online for community members, partner organizations, and anyone interested in learning more about these issues. The training will include overviews on the budget asks that our field is facing, and we will hear from policy experts and legislative staff on the work being done prior to the June 15th budget deadline. Following the training, we will hold a series of Legislative Briefings to inform legislators and their staff about the impact of this budget on child care and food and safety net programs. We will then give attendees the opportunity to reach out to their legislators individually, via phone and/or email to elevate the priority asks. We will close out the day with a community wide Twitter Storm! 

Planned Schedule of Events
All events will take place virtually. A packet of information and applicable Zoom links will be sent prior to 6/4. 

Wednesday, June 3, 11am: Twitter chat hosted by CAPPA and End Child Poverty CA

Thursday, June 4
9:00-10:00am: Advocate Training via Zoom 
10:00am-5:00pm: Individual Legislative Follow Up ( on own via phone/email)
10:30am-11:30am: Legislative Briefing #1 
1:30pm-2:30pm:  Legislative Briefing #2
3:00pm-4:00pm:  Twitter Storm 
Sign-on as a Partner!
We welcome any organization that would like to be included in this event. 
If interested in partnering with us,  please let us know!
              Interested in supporting this Event?   Learn more about sponsorships here.

Quick Links
Job Opportunity Highlight
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We're seeking someone with experience in the subsidized child care industry - preferably
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May 2020 Featured Member Agency
is a public non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Since it was incorporated in 1965, CAPMC has been making a positive difference in our county. CAPMC is committed to improving the social well-being and economic capacity of low to moderate-income individuals and families, as well as providing opportunities to achieve economic independence.
For the past five decades, CAPMC has been the voice and catalyst of empowerment and opportunity to the "at risk" and "invisible" population living in our communities.
Click Here  to learn more.

CAPPA Member Only Benefits
CAPPA Member Benefits now available on the COVID-19 Members Only website: 

NEW! In response to requests, the required CDE COVID-19 forms for essential workers have been translated into Spanish 


COVID-19 twice Weekly Zoom Calls:
Our commitment to you is to have scheduled at least once per week a call wherein we can all connect.  As questions arise, forward them to CAPPA so that we can address them on these calls.  Look for a weekly email to register. Recording and Q&A will also be posted on the Member's Only page. 

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

May 22, 2020
COVID-19 Guidance to Procurements and Audits
May 14, 2020
April 24, 2020
COVID-19 Guidance on Emergency Closures
April 17, 2020
COVID-19 Guidance regarding Family Child Care Home Education Networks
Management 20-09:  COVID-19 Guidance on Program Self-Evaluation, Contract Monitoring, and Program Quality Requirements
COVID-19 Guidance on Procurement and Audits
April 15, 2020
COVID-19 Guidance to California Resource and Referral Programs and Local Planning Councils
April 14, 2020
COVID-19 Guidance regarding Emergency Childcare Services for Essential Workers and At-Risk Populations
April 9, 2020
COVID-19 Guidance regarding Emergency Childcare Services for Essential Workers and At-Risk Populations
April 8, 2020
April 6, 2020
March 26, 2020
Job Openings

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There is no charge for CAPPA members.
Non-members will be charged a fee of $75.
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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Morning 
Update Partner! 





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.  

To help support the continuation of this resource and or advertise in the Monday Morning Update, click 
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You can also make a donation to CAPPA and CAPPA Children's Foundation 
The Children's Foundation is a non-profit organization (501(c)3), Taxpayer Identification Number is 
03-0521444. Your generous donation is tax deductible.
Of Interest
2020-21 California State Budget
UPCOMING BUDGET HEARINGS
May Revise Budget Hearings
Hearings can be listened to or viewed live here

UPCOMING BUDGET HEARINGS

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 @ 1:00 pm
Assembly to convene as "Committee of the Whole"

For the first time since 1995, the entire Assembly has been convened by Speaker Rendon as a "Committee of the Whole", meaning that all 80 Assemblymembers will come together to discuss the California Budget in order to finalize it by the June 15 deadline. You can watch or listen to them here

The Senate Budget & Fiscal Review Committee will convene on Thursday May 28th upon adjournment of the SEN Governance & Finance Committee.  Once the committee begins, CAPPA will note on our CAPPA Advocacy FB Page and via Twitter.
 

A 10 percent across the board cut is a deeper cut to family child care  providers, ce nters and families that have been left out of the revenue growth years in California. As we go into this recession, we h ave providers reimbursed based on a 2016 rate survey and over 3 million working poor and children of income eligible essential workers unable to access care.
 
To see budget documents including hearing agendas, links to Trailer Bill Language (TBL) and more, click here.
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.
The Weekly Good
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. 

Last week, Changing Tides Family Services offered virtual and pop-up drive-through Parent Cafés. During the pop-up drive-through,  families could get a take-home hot meal and a resource bag filled with community resources, books, art supplies, small toys, and fun activities tailored to the all ages of kids!

         
 

Let us know
 
what your organization is doing, we would love to feature you in the coming weeks!
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 .  

Updated 5/6/2020 Tentative 2020 Legislative Calendar - subject to change 

 
Senate  
Assembly  
Last day for policy committees to report fiscal bills to Appropriations (1st house) 
May 29 
May 22 
Last day for policy committees to report nonfiscal bills to the floor (1st house) 
June 5 
May 29 
Last day for Appropriations to report fiscal bills to the floor (1st house) 
June 19 
June 5 
Last day for bills to pass the floor of the first house 
June 26 
June 19 
Summer Recess 
July 2 - July 13 
June 19 - July 13 
Last day for policy committees to report fiscal bills to Appropriations (2nd house) 
July 31
(both houses) 
Last day for policy committees to report nonfiscal bills to the floor (2nd house) 
August 7 
(both houses)
Last day for Appropriations to report fiscal bills to the floor (2nd house) 
August 14
(both houses) 
Last day for bills to pass the floor of the second house 
August 31  
(both houses)
Last day for the Governor to sign or veto bills 
Sept 30 
(both houses

UPCOMING HEARINGS:  
  • June 1 @ 2:00pm SEN Appropriations
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.
2020-21 Federal Budget & Policy Updates
Federal  
This week, House Democrats released their draft of the next COVID-19 stimulus package, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act, known as the   HEROES ACT.   The package includes only $7 billion in additional funding for child care, allocated through CCDBG.  According to a recent NWLC and CLASP analysis  , this will not even be enough to stabilize the child care industry for one month.  In the coming days it is crucial that you continue to reach out to your congressional delegations and your Hill contacts to demand more funding for child care so the industry can survive the COVID-19 pandemic. 
 
The HEROES Act was passed by the House on Friday.  The legislation will now move to the Senate, where a number of Republican senators already plan to oppose it.
 
Here are some other legislative proposals included in the HEROES Act:
  • $875 billion in fiscal relief for state and local governments
  • Establishing a $200 billion "heroes fund" for hazard pay for essential workers
  • Improving emergency paid leave by eliminating large and small employer exemptions, eliminating exclusions for health care providers and emergency responders, expanding qualifying uses for paid leave, and increasing wage replacement for caregiving leave
  • $850 million for "family care" for essential workers
  • Extension of UI benefits
  • Temporary boost in SNAP benefits, along with an increase in minimum benefit amount and suspension of SNAP work requirements
  • $100 billion in emergency rental assistance
  • 12-month national moratorium on eviction filings for nonpayment of rent and expanded moratorium on foreclosures
  • Retroactive improvements to recovery rebates (including expanding eligibility to older dependents and immigrant families who file taxes without an SSN)
  • Additional $1200 recovery rebate

Why $7 Billion for Child Care is Not Enough


On Thursday, CNBC published an article detailing why the $7 billion in relief funding for the child care sector included in the HEROES Act will not be enough to stabilize the American child care system. The article, which includes perspectives from national child care advocates and local providers, outlines the need for at least $50 billion in immediate relief funding to keep the child care sector afloat throughout this crisis, and shows how the American child care system will not be able to weather the storm without it.  To read and share the article, click here.
Upcoming CAPPA Events
Network and CAPPA Joint Annual Conference 2020 Goes Virtual!
While we would certainly like to develop an amazing, in-person 2020 Joint R&R/CAPPA Conference for all of you this fall, what is in the best interest of everyone involved and with the anticipation that no large events will be allowed in the State of California in 2020, we  will not be providing an in-person conference at the DoubleTree Hotel September 16-18, 2020.
We will certainly miss being able to come together in-person to share and gain information and to meet and connect with colleagues and workshop presenters. What the R&R Network and CAPPA will be able to do is create a virtual conference opportunity this fall and hope that as many R&R and AP staff as possible will be able to participate.  We will be having a Joint Conference Committee meeting on June 4th to discuss plans for the virtual event.  We want to create a conference event that meets as many of our members' needs as possible given the parameters that virtual conferences/workshops have. Now, perhaps more than ever, it is important for our community to stay connected, stand united, and meet this challenge together.
While we won't be able to meet in-person, what we hope to offer in a thoughtful, user-friendly manner, are keynote presentations, workshops, networking opportunities, and connection time with vendors.  We are talking with other organizations that have conducted or are planning virtual events. We are reading articles and learning about companies that support virtual conferences.  We look forward to using all of this information to create a virtual conference event that informs, inspires, and promotes connections between colleagues from around the state.
As plans for the virtual 2020 Joint Conference event unfold, we will provide you with updated information.   If you have ideas or suggestions for this virtual conference, please contact Cindy Mall, Cmall@rrnetwork.org  or Danielle Metzger,  Danielle@cappaonline.com.
Hotel Room Cancellations: If you made reservations at the DoubleTree, you must cancel your own reservations. This is not something that is done automatically through their reservations system.
If you do not cancel your reservation, you will be charged a no-show fee on the original date of arrival. To do that, please call reservations at 1-800-686-3775 or contact the hotel directly, 916-929-8855.
If you made reservations at the Hilton, those rooms should have been automatically cancelled, but let us know if you would like us to check on that.
Until then, stay healthy, be safe, and take good care. 

Visit the Conference Web page   for more information.
CDE Information & Updates
Management Bulletin 20-08A: COVID-19 Guidance to Procurements and Audits
Management Bulletin 20-08A has been developed to notify and provide updated guidance to state-subsidized ELCD programs about temporary changes to the requirements related to the procurement of goods or services and changes to contract audit timelines.
Please visit the ELCD Management Bulletin 20-08A web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/ci/mb2008a.asp
If you have questions regarding the information in this Management Bulletin, please contact your assigned regional Field Services Consultant from the ELCD Consultants Regional Assignments web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/ci/assignments.asp or by phone at 916-322-6233.
  
For a listing of all ELCD Management Bulletins, please visit the ELCD Management Bulletins web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/ci/allmbs.asp.
Survey for Resource & Referral Agencies on COVID-19 Emergency Supplies
 
In order to support Childcare Providers that are open during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as those that plan to open, the CDE, ELCD is assessing the emergency supply needs of Childcare Providers. This survey is for Resource and Referral Agencies supporting Childcare Providers currently open, or those that plan to reopen, during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
 
Please visit the CDE COVID-19 Emergency Supplies web page at http://surveys2.cde.ca.gov/go/elcdcovidsupplies.asp to complete the survey.
 
The CDE wants to take every opportunity for you to receive the health and safety supplies you need as soon as possible. Please complete the survey by Tuesday, May 26, 2020.
 
The CDE will use your survey responses to communicate local needs at the state level, and to work in partnership with the Governor's Office of Emergency Services to identify effective strategies for meeting those needs. Your survey response does not constitute an equipment or supply order; rather, it provides the CDE with the information needed to ensure local provider needs are part of state considerations with regard to deploying and purchasing emergency supplies.
CONTINGENCY FUNDS APPLICATION PROCESS
 Dear Alternative Payment Program Contractors:
The purpose of this letter is to provide Alternative Payment Program (APP) contractors with information regarding the process to apply for contingency funds.
Pursuant to Education Code Section 8222.1, per the Budget Act of 2019, the CDE shall reallocate funds as necessary to reimburse APPs (excluding CalWORKs) for actual and allowable costs incurred for additional services. An APP may apply for reimbursement of up to three (3) percent of their contract amount, or for a greater amount subject to the discretion of the Department, based on availability of funds. Applications may be submitted as early as May 1, 2020, but no later than September 30, 2020. The CDE will approve or deny applications submitted pursuant to this section, but will not consider applications received after September 30, 2020, of the current calendar year for additional costs incurred during the 2019-20 fiscal year.
The CDE will distribute reimbursement funds for each approved application within 90 days of receipt of the application if it was filed between May 1 and July 20 inclusive of the current calendar year. Applications received after July 20 are not subject to the 90-day requirement for the distribution of funds. If requests for reimbursement pursuant to this section exceed available funds, CDE will assign priority for reimbursement according to the order in which it receives the applications.
Funds received by an APP pursuant to this section that are not substantiated by the program's annual audit must be returned to CDE and are not subject to the appeal process.
The Contingency Fund Application, form CDFS 1571, is now available on the Internet at http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/cd/. Please note, this form cannot be submitted electronically and must be received by the CDE no later than September 30, 2020.
If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact me at 916-324-6611, or email JClegg@cde.ca.gov.
Sincerely,
Jordan Clegg, Staff Services Manager I
Child Development & Nutrition Fiscal Services
Fiscal and Administrative Services Division

Partner Updates
BY   CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF CHILD CARE EMPLOYMENT (CSCCE)
  In an effort to understand the effects of COVID-19 on child care programs and early educators throughout California, the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE) conducted a brief survey of licensed child care centers and licensed family child care programs in the state. More than 2,000 programs responded to this survey from April 13-30, 2020: 34 percent of survey respondents are centers, and 66 percent are family child care programs. Many of these programs remain open: 34 percent of centers indicated that they are currently open, and 72 percent of family child care programs are open.
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.
Record Unemployment Hurts Workers-and Their Children

By Hannah Matthews

Unemployment claims rose by another 2.4 million workers last week. Having nearly 40 million people out of work - the worst unemployment since the Great Depression - bodes terrible consequences for the country. While the national conversation focuses on workers and jobs lost, the nation needs to pay greater attention to the economic peril facing a generation of young children. Behind the staggering number of jobless claims are millions of children experiencing severe economic insecurity, cared for by stressed parents who are questioning how they'll get by.

The high poverty associated with unemployment is deeply harmful to children, particularly young children. And record unemployment is only one piece of mounting evidence of the trouble children face. New data on hunger show that  nearly one in five young children are not getting enough to eat. One in three parents of children under age three in New York City  reports skipping or reducing meals themselves, and one in 10 parents report being forced to skip or reduce their children's meals. And nearly three-quarters of parents of young children in California are  worried about their family's mental health.

As with all aspects of this pandemic, the public heath and economic crisis is being  disproportionately felt by Black and Latinx families due to deeply rooted racist public policies. As a result of these systemic barriers, people in Black and Latinx communities even before the pandemic were more likely to be in low-wage jobs without paid leave benefits. Today, the same workers are experiencing greater job loss and economic instability.

Taken together, what is emerging is a perfect storm of devastation targeting children, especially children of color. The pandemic has shuttered schools and child care, upending children's daily routines and cutting off access to a key source of food and support services. Child development research warns us that the harm to children from the level of economic and food insecurity that families are facing risks this generation's health, wellbeing, and success into adulthood.

But children's developmental needs go well beyond the basics. Children, and especially young children, rely on adults for the caregiving and nurturing they need for their healthy development. When parents, grandparents, and other caregivers are stressed, their children's wellbeing suffers profoundly-especially so for babies and toddlers. Timely  research, conducted from late February to late March as layoffs increased, shows a sharp increase in depression and anxiety symptoms among parents who held hourly, low-wage jobs-as well as in their children.

Children and families need help now and will need sustained support well into the future. We must go further than the Congressional response to-date to ensure all families have paid leave, affordable health insurance coverage, and far larger income and nutrition supports.  The HEROES Act recently passed by the House would address these needs in a substantial way and the Senate must step up and follow suit.

Once lawmakers address immediate needs, we also need a long-term strategy to reverse the harm to children. This will require substantial economic supports and quality employment for parents who lost jobs. It will also require robust investments in supports that children need, including expanded health and mental health services, early education, and early intervention. We can start by  sustaining the child care industry, which is facing widespread permanent closures if stimulus funds don't keep the industry afloat. When parents return to work, we will need stable, high-quality child care to nurture children who have experienced instability and hardship. We can make investments in programs that support children most affected by the crisis, such as a significant expansion in Head Start and Early Head Start, which is designed to addresses child health, wellbeing, educational development, and the comprehensive needs of families.

But we can't just fund targeted programs for a set of families. The  unacceptably high child poverty rate before the pandemic is evidence that we need a new approach. It has never been clearer that we need a comprehensive working families' agenda that doubles down on the investments that children need, from affordable housing to quality child care to paid family and medical leave. Because young children of color are most adversely impacted by today's crisis, our solutions must acknowledge the systemic impacts of failed policies on Black and Latinx children and center racial equity. And we must implement long-lasting solutions, because this situation can't be reversed with short-term fixes.

The pandemic has laid bare systemic problems that now threaten to destabilize families in countless ways. The enduring consequences are a problem we all must hold-as parents, as a community, and as a country. If we're truly all in this together, we simply must support families and children who have fewer resources to weather this storm.
Interesting Reads
Pandemic food program offers up to $365 per child

Families with children who qualify for free or reduced-price meals at their schools - regardless of immigration status - may notice something in the mail to help them buy groceries. 

California is issuing one-time food credits of up to $365 per child to help qualifying families get through the coronavirus outbreak. The Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer card, or P-EBT, from the Department of Social Services is an emergency disaster benefit that can be used to buy food and groceries, including online at Walmart and Amazon.

The first cards arrived last week for families receiving CalFresh, Medi-Cal or foster care benefits as a supplement to their EBT card. The second phase, which starts Friday, requires low-income families to apply at https://ca.p-ebt.org/.

Click here to read full article via Cal Matters. Lee este artículo en español.


Say Hello to That New Spin Studio and Goodbye to Your Child Care
We've long failed to fund the child care sector like the public good that it is. Now it's on the brink of collapse.

As Covid-19 continues to wreak havoc on businesses, among the hardest hit are in industries that rely on the ability of customers to safely show up day after day - and to pay for the privilege. They range from the  $32.3 billion fitness industry to the  $47.2 billion child care sector. Hopefully, your neighborhood spin studio will survive. Unfortunately, your day care probably won't.
Why? Because - despite all of our lip service to child care as "essential" to the modern American work force - we've flatly refused to finance it like the public good that it is. We accept that child care is a necessity for most families in America and that when it comes to preventing the education achievement gap, preschool is  just as important as kindergarten and the grades that follow it. We know that child care is core to gender equity in the work force and that it  directly affects a family's financial security and opportunity for upward economic mobility.

  Click here  to read full article via the New York Times