"Children Learning, Parents Earning, Communities Growing"
Issue #18                                          May 6, 2019
CAPPA's monthly "Featured Agency" segment will highlight 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!
April 2019 Featured Agency of the Month 
Child Action, Inc.

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!
Services for families and providers: 
  • Child Care Subsidy: We currently provide child care subsidies for approximately 8,500 children through the CalWORKS Stages 2 and 3 programs and the Alternative Payment Program (CAPP). 
  • Child Care Referrals: As the state-funded Resource and Referral program serving Sacramento County, we provide free child care information and referrals to all parents living and/or working in Sacramento County. Last fiscal year, we provided child care referrals to 4,107 families for 5,078 children. Families can receive child care referrals and consumer education information online, at our offices or by phone. 
  • Child Care Eligibility List (CEL): We maintain an eligibility list for participating child care subsidy programs throughout Sacramento County. This list provides a central registry where families can sign up to be notified of subsidized services available for their children at subsidized child care centers, family child care networks, and Child Action, Inc.'s child care subsidy program. 
  • Foster Care Bridge Program: We partner with the Sacramento County Department of Social Services to provide emergency child care vouchers, child care navigation services and trauma informed care training and coaching to help address lack of child care as a barrier for families otherwise willing to bring a foster child into their home and for parenting foster youth. 
  • Single Point of Entry: We serve as the single point of entry for providers to create a seamless transition from Stage1 to Stage 2. All providers caring for families on Stage 1 (administered by Sacramento County), Stage 2, Stage 3 or CAPP are enrolled by our provider department. 
  • Technical Assistance: We provide technical assistance, training and consultation to Sacramento child care and early learning community to help ensure that an adequate supply of quality child care services is available throughout Sacramento County. Last year over 9,000 members of our community received assistance from us on a broad range of topics including phone counseling, handouts and resource materials, site visits, video and book loans. 
  • Quality Child Care Collaborative (QCCC): We are a proud partner of this collaborative that is a partnership of community agencies, educational and governmental institutions that help licensed child care centers and family child care homes provide quality child care programs for our children. These services are free for providers and include Early Learning Professional Development, Environmental Assessments, Quality Improvement Assistance and Mental Health & Special Needs Consultation. 
  • Comprehensive Approaches to Raising Educational Standards (CARES): We administer this program which encourages professional and retention of the early-learning workforce by awarding stipends to applicants who complete educational requirements. 
  • Health Training Scholarships: Last year, health training scholarships in the amount of $23,840 were provided to 334 child care teachers and family child care home providers. 
  • TrustLine Services: TrustLine is California's registry of in-home child care providers, tutors and in-home counselors who have passed a background screening. We provide information on TrustLine to families and exempt child care provider and assist with the application process. 
  • Workshops and Trainings: Last fiscal year, we facilitated 151 workshop sessions in English, Russian, Farsi and Spanish languages serving 1,564 participants. These sessions covered topics of parenting, child development and behavior, starting a child care business, conducting quality assessments, health issues and services, behavior management, inclusion of children with special needs, child abuse prevention, language and literacy, school readiness, Infant/toddler Care, curriculum development, academic advising, and obtaining child development permits. 
  • Advocacy and Community Education: We actively advocate and provide community education by issuing a Child Action, Inc. News & Notes bulletin, by participating on local boards and by being a member of community task forces. Last year we made presentations to over 1,200 people at community fairs, meetings, public hearings and other gatherings. 
**Thank you to Elaine Arteaga, Director of Client Services, for the submission!**
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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!   
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CAPPA's
2018-19 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

Public Policy Co-Chair
Jeffrey Moreira
Crystal Stairs, Inc.

Public Policy Co-Chair
Phillip Warner
Children's Council San Francisco 

Members-at-Large
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
San Mateo 4Cs

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
April 3, 2019
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

Job Openings

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Children's Council San Francisco
The Resource Connection of Amador and Calaveras Counties
Crystal Stairs, Inc

Solano Family & Children's Services

 -Center Director
-Associate Director- Early Childhood Education
University of California, Berkeley

International Institute of Los Angeles

Marin Child Care Council
Growing Place

Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County, Inc.


Pomona Unified School District- Child Development 
Child Care Coordinating Council, Inc. of San Mateo County 
 
Field Happenings
The CAPPA Board has made it a priority to support our field with a coordinated calendar to note upcoming statewide conferences, federal conferences of relevance, CDE and DSS stakeholder meetings and legislative and budget deadlines and hearings.
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Our Monday Morning Update supports our Early Learning & Child Care field with timely information about what is going on in California and nationally; as well as dates to be aware and upcoming events. 

Our weekly (50 times per year) Monday morning distribution is to more than 4,000 federal and state local agencies, resource and referrals, contractors, legislators and their staffs', centers, parents, providers, state departments and advocates.  

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 
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ECE Coalition Day - May 21st!!!
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SAVE THE DATE - MAY 21, 2019
ECE COALITION ADVOCACY DAY

Come join us on ECE 
Child Care Advocacy Day!  This is a day advocates will join together, in a shared voice, to advocate for child care and early education.

The Governor's May Revise will be released mid-May.  We already know that child care and early education is a priority of the governor as well as the Legislative Women's Caucus.

On this day we need to make sure that we provide the input on the best way to maximize the dollars to make the biggest impact on supporting our earliest learners and increasing access for working families.

More details will be forthcoming.  If you would like to join other advocates and groups and participate in meetings with legislators and staff, then send an email with the names of who your legislators are and/or who you would like to meet with.  
Stand for Children - May 8, 2019
This year we will host our 23nd annual Stand for Children Day in the Capitol on May 8th, 2019. It draws upwards of 700 parents from across the state to march, rally, and visit state legislators to support our campaign asks. The day is 100% planned and executed by parent and youth leaders.
AGENDA
10:00 AM - Meet in Sacramento at North Capitol Steps (L Street)
10:30 AM - POWER RALLY at the Capitol featuring Parents, Children, Legislators, and Entertainers
11:30 AM - POWER MARCH around the Capitol
12:15 PM - LUNCH
1:00-2:30 PM - LEGISLATIVE VISITS with Local Elected Officials
3:00 PM - DEPART Sacramento

Click here to see bus information and contact information for local organizers.
Alert
WHAT DO WORKING FAMILIES NEED?
ACCESS!! WHEN DO THEY NEED IT?  NOW!!  

On behalf of a broad based partnership of early childhood education advocates, centers, service organizations and parents working together to secure more access to child care California's low-income and working families, we come together to ask for $1 billion over three years for the Building Equitable Futures for Families Act. This much needed funding will immediately improve access to affordable child care by increasing the number of low-income children served in Alternative Payment Programs and General Child Care.
 
With good, affordable child care, families can go to work with peace of mind knowing that their children are safe, nurtured and learning. However, the vast majority of families cannot afford child care because the state does not provide enough affordable spaces to support children from the beginning of their lives.
 
The California Center on Budget and Policy estimates that there are 1.8 million eligible children waiting for care, 86% of which are children of color. This funding will create a strong start for children and their families by funding thousands of new child care spaces. These child care spaces will have two- generational impact, by both supporting the child's development and the family's economic success. Supporting children from the beginning of their lives lays the foundation for a brighter future for everyone: children will be ready for school, their families are able to work and provide for their needs, and our communities grow stronger.
 
If we want to close the opportunity gap for children of color, we must invest in a multi-year effort that allows all children to thrive. Providing $1 billion will expand access to affordable child care from birth and supports the whole family moving forward. This is particularly responsive to the needs of he many of the state's low-income families, disproportionately single mothers of color who work in jobs meeting the demands of our 24/7 economy. Child care options must meet their unique needs, which for a majority of low-income parents include non-standard and inconsistent work schedules. This funding is the key to addressing the inter-generational cycles of poverty by allowing parents to work and create opportunities for their families. This is how we promote equity from the start.
 
If you would like to join onto the support letter being submitted by the following noted below, click here  to send your logo:


What's Happening
California 

Legislative -  Upcoming Legislative Hearings ( click here to be directed to CalChannel ): 
  • Monday, May 6, 2019:
    • SEN Appropriations (Portantino, Chair) 10:00 am
    • ASM Revenue & Taxation (Burke, Chair) 2:30pm
      • AB 24 (Burke) Personal income taxes:  Targeted Child Tax Credit
  • Wednesday, May 8, 2019:
  • Monday, May 13, 2019:
    • SEN Appropriations (Portantino, Chair)
Click here  to see all of the legislation identified of interest to our field.      

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
SB 374 ~ Senator Steve Glazer
CalWORKs for Low-Income Student Parents
This bill proposes to allow low-income student parents enrolled in college fulltime to receive full CalWORKs benefits for up to four years and receive funds to purchase books prior to the beginning of the academic term.

Click here  to see legislation.
Click here  to download background sheet.


Click here to see the Budget Trailer Bill Language (TBL) has been put forward on the following:
Click here to view a field calendar that will include legislative and bill hearing dates.  Below are scheduled budget hearings:
  • May 6, 2019 ASM Sub 1 @ 2:30 PM - OPEN ISSUES
  • May 7, 2019 ASM Sub 2 @ 9:00 AM - OPEN ISSUES
  • May 9, 2019 SEN Sub 1 @ 9:30 AM - OPEN ISSUES
  • May 9, 2019 SEN Sub 3 @ 9:30 AM - OPEN ISSUES
Click here to read the ECE Coalition letter addressed to Assembly and Senate Budget Leaders.  
Click here to read the End Child Poverty in California letter addressed to Assembly and Senate Budget Leaders.
CDE Updates

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.
 
The Contingency Fund Application, form CDNFS 1571, is now available at http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/cd/documents/cdnfs15711819.pdf. Please note, this form cannot be submitted electronically, and must be received by the CDE no later than September 30, 2019.
 
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

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:
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
Upcoming CAPPA Events

Network and CAPPA Joint Annual Conference 2019
October 2-4, 2019
DoubleTree Hotel Sacramento
Sacramento, CA

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.

Registration information, along with a preliminary conference program, will be released in July. At that time, online registration will be open and attendees will be able to indicate their  workshop selections when they register for the conference.
Visit the Conference Web page   for more information.

Please see the   2019 Call for Presentations Document for more information about this year's conference. At the bottom of this document you will also find the link to complete the online Call for Presentations. You can also  Click Here to be taken directly to the Call for Presentations application.

Workshop proposals are due Friday, April 26th.
Please share this Call for Presentations link with others you feel could present workshops which would be of benefit to conference attendees.
Thank you!
Partner Updates

Assembly Commission to Release Recommendations to Improve California's Early Education System
  
After two years of hearings, focus groups, and study, the Assembly Blue Ribbon Commission on Early Childhood Education released its final report last Monday, April 29, 2019. Among the commission's recommendations are to focus on expanding access to children and families most in need and to empower parent and provider voices in policy decision making. 

Here are the Blue Ribbon Commission's videos describing the report and priorities.

https://twitter.com/Rendon63rd/status/1122907215143112707
 

Click here to view the final report.

Click here for the website.
Bolstering California's increased focus on early childhood, statewide commission releases final recommendations

As California lawmakers consider Gov. Gavin Newsom's early childhood proposals, a new report lays out the goals that parents, advocates and early childhood experts believe are needed to serve the state's youngest children.

The final report of the   California Assembly Blue Ribbon Commission on Early Childhood Education, released Monday, sets out a long-term vision for how to overhaul the early childhood education system in California, with short-term and mid-term milestones along the way. For example, it sets a long-term goal of universal access to early education, meaning eventually every child, regardless of income, should be able to enroll in preschool, but focuses on expanding access first to children in low-income families.

At least 25 early childhood bills are currently under discussion in the Legislature. Many of them would move toward the goals laid out by the Blue Ribbon Commission.

The report, which is more than 100 pages long, is the result of two years of deliberations and hearings held throughout the state with parents, child care providers, early learning experts and advocates. Commissioners included Assembly members as well as early education experts, child care providers and advocates for children and parents. A draft of the report was released in March.
Gov. Gavin Newsom made early education a major focus of his campaign and in his January budget proposal proposed almost $2 billion to expand services to young children.

The Blue Ribbon Commission recommends that families with average or low incomes should not have to pay more than 7 percent of their incomes for child care and that early childhood teachers be paid similarly to K-12 teachers, among many other goals.

Recommendations Include:
  • Families with average or low incomes pay no more than 7% of income on child care.
  • Childcare providers and teachers be trained and paid similarly to K-12 teachers.
  • Expand paid family leave to one year with 100% wage replacement.
  • Expand early childhood degree programs.
  • Expand programs that offer care on nights or weekends.
  • Provide grants for centers and homes to open new classrooms.
  • Establish an Early Childhood Policy Council that includes parents, providers and others
Link to full article.
Data Hits Highlight Significant Contributions of Immigrants, Child Poverty Disparities in California


Federal
Special Alert! House CCDBG Ask

Do you live in CA, CT, FL, GA, IL, MA, MD, MI, NJ, OK, WA, or WI? 
If yes, then we need YOU to contact your representative and ask them for a $5 billion increase for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG)!

On April 30, the House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee will meet to propose their budget priorities for next year. We need YOU to tell them why CCDBG needs a $5 billion increase. This critical funding will continue to assist states, providers, and parents to ensure young children are in healthy, thriving learning environments that will help them prepare school and succeed later in life. 

Follow this link to contact your representatives!
Why Does Child Care Cost So Much Yet Providers Make So Little?

It's a common question. Why do parents spend so much on child care, yet early childhood teachers earn so little? The average cost of child care is out of reach for many families and rivals college tuition, while early educators are among the lowest paid workers in the country. How is this possible? 

 High-quality early care and education experiences, to which early educators are essential, provide lasting benefits to children, our economy and society, but receive only minimal public investment. The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment at UC Berkeley and Child Care Aware® of America teamed up to create a new video that explains why parents cannot afford to pay, educators cannot afford to stay and to propose a solution for a better way to support children, their families and early educators. 

Click here to view the video!

Learn more about the cost of child care in your state:

L earn about strategies for talking with legislators and others: http://usa.childcareaware.org/wp-cont...  

Learn about the status of Early Childhood Educators in your state: http://cscce.berkeley.edu/Early-Child...

Parents take to Capitol Hill to protest skyrocketing day care costs, short maternity leaves
In DC, a recent study found day care for an infant is over $20,000 a year. Some single mothers are working just to pay for child care.  Families from all 50 states took over the east lawn of the U.S. Capitol today, in the third annual Strolling Thunder event.  Local families say they are burnt out and cashed out, forced to pay skyrocketing day care costs.

In Washington D.C., a recent study by the non-profit Child Care Aware of America, found on average the cost of child care at a center is $23,666 per year. For an infant and 4-year-old, the cost is $42,323.  That number is about three times as much as the annual cost of a public university tuition.

"I'm here because her daycare does cost more than my mortgage," said Masha Sapper. Sapper is a single mother living in Silver Spring.  She says she pays $1,400 for an at-home daycare, which pales in comparison to friends who pay $2,000 per month at day care centers.  

Strolling Thunder is in its third year. The group is hoping to get the attention of lawmakers to get parents nationwide more affordable, quality day care and to give parents time to bond with their baby. The study also found that for a single parent in DC, they are spending 91% of their income for one child in center-based care. 

Some changes are on the way to help DC working parents. Starting next summer, the Paid Leave Act will provide 8 weeks of paid leave so parents can bond with children. 

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