Child Action, Inc.
is a private, nonprofit organization created in 1976 to provide for the education and social welfare of children and families and to advocate on their behalf. Our goal is to partner with families and assist them in the care and education of their children and to advocate beside them in support of their concerns. We want to do our part in promoting the healthy growth and development of children and families living in Sacramento County. We strive to meet the needs of our community and as those needs change, we do our best to continue to grow and develop our services to better serve parents and providers. We are proud of the diversity of our staff which is able to assist parents and providers in 23 different languages!
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**Thank you to Elaine Arteaga, Director of Client Services, for the submission!**
Davis Street APP Parent success story:
About a year ago in April 2018, we enrolled a CPS 4 year old child who was abandoned by the mother, and was a in the process of being united with the father. The father who was referred to our agency for child care payment assistance had just started a job a month before, and was in desperate need of child care to continue to work and be able to be awarded the custody of the child since he had been homeless, and just moved in with a friend in order to provide a stable living situation. Our Davis Street Child Development Center had a preschool opening and the father was able to choose this child care learning environment.
The first few months on the program were challenging for both the parent and child as the child adjusted to the changes in his environment. The child was not easily adjusting to a group child care setting. The child and father were having difficulties bonding in the new home setting, but with the support of our in-house resource services, Davis Street was able to provide the father and child with behavioral health counseling, food, clothing and referrals to outside resources to assist his child's social-emotional needs at the preschool along with the social services in -home visits.
Today, both child and father are thriving at home, work and school. The father expressed his gratitude for having the support of the APP program and other Davis Street resources as his child is now ready to enter Kindergarten this Fall!
Do you have success news to share with us?! We love to hear what our members are up to and where they're going! Submit your accomplishment(s) big OR small by emailing us!
2018-19 Board of Directors
Child Development Associates
Valley Oak Children's Services
Child Care Resource Center
Supportive Services Fresno
Mexican American Opportunity Foundation
Crystal Stairs, Inc.
Public Policy Co-Chair
Children's Council San Francisco
Choices for Children
YMCA Childcare Resource Service
Family Resource & Referral of San Joaquin County
Napa County Office of Education
Siskiyou Child Care Council
Central Valley Children's Services Network
San Mateo 4Cs
Children's Resource & Referral of Santa Barbara County
Glenn County Office of Education
Denyne Micheletti Colburn
ELCD/CDE, DSS & CCLD Updates
Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Services and Adjustment
The ELCD will host a webinar on
Thursday, March 14, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to provide technical assistance with the CDMIS.
January 28, 2019
January 4, 2018
The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) has amended regulations pertaining to CalWORKs, within the Eligibility and Assistance Standards Manual. The changes are detailed in
CDSS Manual Letter No. EAS-18-05
CAPPA Member Benefits now available on the Members Only website:
Just added to the Member's only website are webinars on
Adults and Trauma
and an AP 101 webinar on
Enrolling Clients into the CalWORKs Program.
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
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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.
To help support the continuation of this resource and or advertise in the Monday Morning Update, click
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.
Both the Assembly and the Senate have wrapped up their respective Subcommittees and have put actions forward to be further discussed in the Budget Conference Committee.
Click here to see a Spreadsheet of outcomes and proposals that will be taken up in the Conference Committee along with close-out documents from the Assembly Subcommittee 2 on Education Finance and Senate Subcommittee 1 on Education. Thanks and gratitude to Donna Sneeringer for supporting the ECE Coalition and our field in staying up to date on actions. The appointed members from each house to sit on the Budget Conference Committee are:
From the Senate:
to view a field calendar that will include legislative and bill hearing dates.
NOTE: For the week of May 28-31, there is Floor session only. No committee may meet for any purpose except for the Rules and Conference Committee. May 31 is the last day for each house to pass bill introduced in that house. As of the writing, the Conference Committee is scheduled to meet upon call of the chair.
to see the homepage for the 2019 Conference Committee on the Budget - AB 74
Wednesday, June 12, 2019:
- SEN Education (Leyva, Chair) 9:00am - Room 4203
- AB 809 (Santiago) Public postsecondary education: child development programs: priority enrollment: Title IX protection: pregnancy and parental status
to see all of the legislation identified of interest to our field. Below are a couple of highlights of the results from the recent Appropriations committees:
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 BILL OF THE WEEK
AB 125 ~ Assemblymember Kevin McCarty
The Child Care Stabilization Formula
expresses the intent of the Legislature to establish a single, regionalized rate system for child care, preschool, and early learning services that will address the issues of the current rate system and achieve a more equitable system to support children and families.
Contingency Funds Application Process
Dear Alternative Payment Program Contractors:
The purpose of this letter is to provide Alternative Payment Program (CAPP) contractors with information regarding the process to apply for contingency funds.
Pursuant to Education Code Section 8222.1, per the Budget Act of 2018, the California Department of Education (CDE) shall reallocate funds as necessary to reimburse CAPPs for actual and allowable costs incurred for additional services. A CAPP contractor 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, 2019, but no later than September 30, 2019. The CDE will approve or deny applications submitted pursuant to this section, but will not consider applications received after September 30, 2019, of the current calendar year for additional costs incurred during the 2018-19 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 a CAPP contractor 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.
If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact me at 916-324-6611, or email JClegg@cde.ca.gov.
Jordan Clegg, Staff Services Manager I
Child Development & Nutrition Fiscal Services
Fiscal and Administrative Services Division
SAVE THE DATE- Early Learning and Care Division
This notice informs ELCD contractors of key SAVE THE DATE Request for Applications (RFA) events for the following RFAs:
- The California State Preschool Program (CSPP) Expansion RFA will announce score notifications to applicants by mid-March 2019, and send out Proposed Award Letters in mid-May 2019. The program start date will be June 28, 2019. Please note this date has changed from previous years' start dates.
- The General Child Care and Development (CCTR) RFA will announce score notifications to applicants by mid-March 2019, and send out Proposes Award Letters in mid-May 2019. The program start date will be June 28, 2019. Please note this date has changed from previous years' start dates.
- For all other questions regarding the CSPP RFA, please send an email to CSPPRFA@cde.ca.gov.
- For all other questions regarding the CCTR RFA, please send an email to CCTRRFA@cde.ca.gov.
Regional Technical Assistance Trainings - Summer 2019
Child Development Resources
211 E. Ventura Blvd
Oxnard, CA 93036
Conference Rooms A and B
July 15, 2019 Modesto
Stanislaus County Office of Education- Child & Family Services
1325 H Street
Modesto, CA 95354
July 19, 2019
Go Kids, Inc.
9015 Murray Ave. Suite 110
Gilroy, CA 95020
July 30, 2019
Sierra Nevada Children's Services
420 Sierra College Drive, Suite 100
Grass Valley, CA 95945
CAPPA member agencies, with the support of CAPPA & Children's Foundation, are putting together a series of Technical Assistance (TA) trainings that will be
coming to a region near you!
This series will be delivered in a format that is very participatory.
We encourage all participating to come with questions, as well
as samples for each of the topics that will be discussed.
Topics to include:
Best Practices Session (10:00am-11:45am):
- How to implement the two week written notice regulation (AB 603)
- Management Bulletins Discussion- We will review those Management Bulletins that you continue to have questions on, including 18-09 & 18-09(a) Electronic Banking & Direct Deposits
- Transfers- This will be a Q&A and open discussion format; Inter-county transfers and clarification on stage 2 transfers to be included
CAPPA Budget and Legislative Discussion and Updates
Peer-to-Peer Networking Session (1:00pm-2:00pm):
This portion of the agenda will allow attendees to share their successful strategies, tools and ideas.
**If there are topics that you would be interested in adding to the agenda, please let us know!**
Network and CAPPA Joint Annual Conference 2019
October 2-4, 2019
DoubleTree Hotel Sacramento
The California Child Care Resource & Referral Network and the California Alternative Payment Program Association look forward to hosting our 7th Joint Conference together this fall.
The preliminary program and final conference registration form, including the ability to list all conferees individually and to select workshops, will be released late July.
We are hard at work creating a conference program that includes a variety of workshops to meet the needs of staff working with parents; staff providing training and technical assistance to child care providers; staff administering AP programs, program staff-supervisors; managers and directors.
Exhibitor and Sponsor Information is now available!
Targeted Funding for Early Care and Education Could Provide a Path Out of Poverty for More California Children
The neighborhood a child grows up in can shape their long-term success, affecting their economic mobility as adults. While Governor Newsom has pledged to create a "California for All," currently opportunities for children are not evenly distributed across the state. Policymakers who aim to boost opportunity and improve children's life-long prospects can strategically invest in subsidized child care and development programs that serve families with low and moderate incomes by targeting areas that have been left behind.
According to a Budget Center analysis of federal survey data, an estimated 2 million children from birth through age 12 were eligible for subsidized child care and development programs in California in 2017 - roughly 1 in 3 children across the state (32.2%). The share of children eligible by county varied dramatically, with the highest shares of eligible children living in counties in the Central Valley - a region with some of the state's highest poverty rates. Kings County had the highest share, with more than half of all children in the county eligible for subsidized care (50.9%). (See Map below.) More than half of the children in the county group of Colusa, Glenn, Shasta, Tehama, and Trinity were also eligible (50.2%). Conversely, the counties with the lowest share of eligible children were in and around the San Francisco Bay Area and Lake Tahoe, where the cost of living is significantly higher. San Mateo County had the lowest share of eligible children, with 14.9% of children in the county eligible for subsidized care. Because the cost of living is considerably higher in these counties, many families with incomes too high to qualify for subsidized care may still struggle to afford early care and education for their children.
The five counties with the largest number of eligible children were all located in Southern California: Los Angeles (539,900), San Bernardino (154,000), San Diego (149,600), Riverside (147,900), and Orange (136,900). (See Table below.) Collectively, these five counties accounted for more than half of all children birth through age 12 eligible for subsidized child care and development programs in the state. Los Angeles County alone accounted for more than 1 in 4 eligible children in California (26.6%).
Of the 2 million children eligible for subsidized care in California in 2017, just 1 in 9 children were enrolled in a program that could accommodate families for more than a couple hours per day and throughout the entire year (228,100). The share of eligible children enrolled in a state program also varied across the state. (See Table below.) For example, in Orange County just 1 in 16 eligible children were enrolled in a subsidized program (6.1%). Riverside County also had a large number of eligible children but a very low share enrolled in a state program (7.3%). In contrast, due in part to a long history of prioritizing early care and education at the local level, nearly half of all eligible children were enrolled in a subsidized program in San Francisco (49.5%).
Western Center Summary and Analysis of Governor Newsom's Revised Budget
Governor Gavin Newsom has submitted his May budget revision to the Legislature, signaling the beginning of the annual budget process. The Governor's budget builds upon the January budget, which included a host of new investments in CalWORKs, affordable housing, health care and the state earned income tax credit.
The May revision adds new proposals for an expanded child tax credit, additional child care slots, and an end to taxes on diapers and menstrual products. The budget does not include funding to restore massive SSI grant cuts from a decade ago or to prevent seniors and persons living with disabilities from having to pay high share of costs for their medical coverage.
The revision rightly undoes a budget cut from a decade ago by restoring eyeglasses for adults on Medi-Cal. Unfortunately, the May Revision continues to exclude low-income seniors, persons with disabilities, and undocumented adults over age 25 from full-scope Medi-Cal. The Medi-Cal Aged & Disabled income eligibility threshold for full-scope Medi-Cal remains at 122% FPL, meaning seniors and persons with disabilities are subject to a lower income eligibility threshold.
We are happy that the Governor has recognized that our housing crisis requires a multi-pronged approach: near-term interventions for those struggling with homelessness, protections for renters at risk of homelessness, and a simultaneous investment in producing desperately needed affordable housing for those hit hardest by the crisis. To that end, we are pleased to see an increase in funding to cities and counties to address ongoing and increasing homelessness, and an expansion of the eligible uses of those funds.
We look forward to continuing our work with the Legislature and with the Governor to bring the budget and state policies in line with solutions that will lift Californians out of poverty. Those priority investments are not optional if we are truly striving for a California for all.
CCR&Rs' Role in Closing Child Care
Supply and Demand Gaps
Did you know that there are
children in some sort of regular child care arrangement? Yet there are communities across the country where the supply of child care doesn't meet the need for child care. Child Care Aware® of America helped states
quantify families' child care needs
Mapping the Gap™ project
, and learned a lot about
child care gaps across the US
- 4 in 5 children under age three in Alaska don't have access to licensed child care.
- 2 in 3 children under age 13 in North Dakota don't have access to licensed child care.
- 2 in 5 children under age six in Massachusetts don't have access to licensed child care.
As you can see, even just a snapshot of our findings reveals a child care crisis. Child care supply often falls short of meeting the demand, leaving families with few choices for their child when they go to work.
Looking for solutions? Look no further than Child Care Resource and Referral agencies.
While closing gaps in child care access may seem like a daunting task, Child Care Resource & Referral agencies (CCR&Rs) work tirelessly in communities across the country to do this work every day. Our latest report,
Closing the Gap: How CCR&Rs Can Help Communities Meet Their Child Care Supply and Demand Needs
, highlights examples of CCR&Rs and state-level advocacy organizations working across the country to close gaps in their communities or states. Some of these stories include:
- State funding increases in Iowa allowed CCR&Rs to expand their Recruitment and Retention Specialist role to "Community Development Specialist" positions at each CCR&R. These Community Development Specialists both recruit and support child care providers, as well as conduct outreach to business and community stakeholders to address lack of quality care throughout the state.
- The Oklahoma Child Care Resource and Referral Association is leading the Oklahoma Right Start Infant-Toddler project, consisting of quality improvement planning, training, and 30 hours of one-on-one coaching from a CCR&R infant-toddler specialist.
- Child Care Aware® of Kansas collects child care providers' desired capacity so they can more accurately measure the child care gaps across the state. They find that collecting this data point helps them get a better sense of the real child care need in communities, which helps them deploy resources, like training and recruitment strategies, more effectively.
CCR&Rs can't do it alone though. Efforts to close child care gaps must be accompanied by policy changes at the federal, state, and local levels.
We need people like you to take action to help close child care gaps across the country and in your own community - will you join us?
Support Child Care for Working Families!
Child care plays an important role in the U.S. economy, helping to generate 15 million jobs and more than $500 billion in income annually. Yet, on average, millions of working families pay more for child care than they do for mortgage or rent, transportation, or even food every month. That's why it's critical to fund child care and early learning programs so all families can afford care. Tell your congressmembers to support the Child Care for Working Families Act and thank those who already have signed on!
Child Care and Early Education Equity: A State Action Agenda
Child Care and Early Education Equity: A State Action Agenda outlines the important role state policymakers can play to ensure equity in their states' early education efforts. High-quality child care and early education is critical for child development and family economic security-and it can have a particularly positive impact on the wellbeing of families with low incomes. CLASP's action agenda describes key state early education programs, significant challenges such as racial disparities and underinvestment, and recommendations for how state leaders can meaningfully improve policies and programs.
Historical and institutionalized racism, which has created systemic and structural barriers to equitable access to opportunity, causes pronounced socioeconomic disparities for a large share of America's children. Young children of color are more likely than their white counterparts to live in families with low incomes, and a quarter of all children under the age of six have at least one immigrant parent. States must design their child care and early education programs to meet the diverse linguistic and cultural needs of their communities. To achieve a more equitable system, state leaders must pay attention to the racial, ethnic, and linguistic diversity-along with the inequities in opportunities and outcomes-of young children and the early childhood workforce that serves them.
State leaders have many options and opportunities to significantly improve their child care and early education programs. They should consult a range of experts-including those with lived experience-offer professional development for providers, and expand services to underserved populations. Above all, states should meaningfully invest in child care and early education, which is an investment in the present and future wellbeing of their states.