"Children Learning, Parents Earning, Communities Growing"
Issue #42                                                                            October 15,  2018  
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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
EESD/CDE, DSS & CCLD Updates
October 8, 2018
Contractors must mail or deliver one (1) application packet with original signature, and two (2) copies to the ELCD by Thursday, November 8, 2018.
September 24, 2018
The form for reporting General Child Care data (CDNFS 9500) has been posted to the Child Development and Nutrition
Fiscal Services (CDNFS) web page.
September 27, 2018
Input Opportunity for Federal Preschool Development Grant Application
California is eligible for a new federal grant opportunity administered by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, the Preschool Development Grant (PDG). The maximum amount a state can apply for is $15 million and the application is due November 6, 2018. Similar to the prior Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grant, this is a Governor's application and it requires Governor Brown's
s ignature in order to be submitted.
The CDE is pleased to announce the release of an Early Learning Career Lattice, which was recently approved by the State Advisory Council on Early Learning and Care at its June 20, 2018, meeting.
August 28, 2018
August 24, 2018
August 21, 2018
CDSS has scheduled a Public Hearing on September 19, 2018, to receive testimony on proposed regulations concerning Safe Sleep for infants in childcare facilities.  Learn more here.
August 1, 2018
MB 18-05:
Transfer of Families into a California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids Stage 2 Child Care Program
MB 18-04:
Homeless Children and Youth
 
October 2018 Featured Agency of the Month 
Solano Family & Children's Council, Inc. 
was founded in 1978 by a group of Licensed Child Care Providers in Solano County.  Solano County originally received $21,575 in funding from the State (AB 3059) for Resource and Referral Services. In April 1979, SFCC was established as a 501c (3) organization.  Click here
to read more. 

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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.
If you have news to share or an event you want added to CAPPA's website calendar, email us!
What's Happening
California 
November 6 is the General Election.  Please make sure that you are registered to vote!  The deadline to register is on October 22, 2018.
Requirements To Register to Vote:
You must
  •  be a United States citizen
  •  be 18 years of age on or before the day of the election (you can pre-register at 16)
  •  be a resident of the State of California
  •  not be in prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony
  •  not judicially determined to be incompetent to vote
You do not need to know how to read or write in English or any other language. No tests are given when you register to vote.

Re-Registering to Vote
You must re-register to vote (by filling out new registration form) if:
  • You change your address within the county or move to another county in California
  • You change your name
  • You wish to affiliate (join) a political party or change your political party affiliation
  • You want to change where your ballot is being mailed
If you move within the same county, you may also send a letter to the   County Election Official giving your old and new address and signing your name as you are registered.
If you are living at the same address, you do not need to re-register if you miss one election or many elections.

Cost
Voter registration is free. No fee may be charged for voter registration. No postage is required to mail the voter registration application to the  County Election Official.

Click here to find your County Elections Office.
Click here to go to the California Secretary of State's office for more information.

Click here to see the propositions on the November 6th ballot.
Click here to see a certified list of candidates that will be on the November ballot.
CALMatters Election Guide - An election? We prefer to call it a job interview.

NOTE:  To understand more about what is at stake in the November elections, at the Network and CAPPA Joint Conference 2018, a conversation will be supported on Wednesday October 17, 2017 with insights provided by:  Dan Walters, Opinion Columnist for CALMatters; Ted Lempert, President of Children Now;  Lenny Goldberg, California Tax Reform Association , Pete Weldy, Choose Children 2018, and David Metz, Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates .

Federal 
Congress Approves $260 Million Funding Increase for Federal Early Childhood Programs
Washington, D.C. - In a critical bipartisan House vote, Congress has approved a FY2019 "minibus" appropriations package that includes $260 million in increases to the federal early childhood education programs. Notably, in addition to a $200 million increase to funding for Head Start and Early Head Start, lawmakers voted to increase funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) program by $50 million, building on the historic $2.37 billion increase the program received in FY2018 through  a bipartisan deal  made by House and Senate leaders.
The funding package approved today, which also includes FY2019 funding for the Department of Defense, as well as a short-term Continuing Resolution to fund the rest of the government through December 7, 2018, was overwhelmingly approved in a 361-61 vote, and now awaits the president's signature.
"Congress has again prioritized the care and education of America's young children, building on years of bipartisan progress and commitment from lawmakers," said First Five Years Fund (FFYF) Executive Director Sarah Rittling. "The funding levels included in this bill will support greater access to, and the quality of early childhood education programs that are proven to support children's healthy development and prepare them for a lifetime of achievement. We are grateful to Democratic and Republican leaders in the House & Senate for their unwavering support for children from birth through age five."
Earlier this month, a Congressional Conference committee made up of bipartisan representatives from the House and Senate  reached agreement on this funding "minibus" package, after negotiating appropriations legislation from the  House and  Senate.
Take a look at the final FY2019 funding numbers as approved today:
Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG)-$5.3 billion - $50 million above FY2018
Early Head Start / Head Start-$10.1 billion - $200 million above FY2018
Preschool Development Grants-$250 million - Level with FY2018
Child Care Means Parents in School-$50 million - Level with FY2018
IDEA Part B Preschool Grants-$391.12 million - $10 million above FY2018
IDEA Part C Grants for Infants and Families -$470 million - Level with FY2018
Research shows high-quality early learning and care from birth through age five benefits the academic, social, and emotional skills of children later in life and contributes to improved long-term societal outcomes. The high-quality early childhood education programs included in today's appropriations package play a critical role in ensuring that all children, regardless of where they start in life, have the opportunity to build a foundation for lifelong success.
FFYF is committed  to working with stakeholders in the coming months to build upon the robust federal support for early childhood education programs so that all children can access high-quality opportunities that help them reach their full potential.
Blue Ribbon Commission Update
Commission wraps up hearings and now begins work on compiling recommendations

Last week's hearing in Long Beach was the final hearing prior to the commission putting forward recommendations.  Click here to watch a recording of the hearing, to review handouts, or to review all past materials.

Beginning early next year, the Commission will have public hearing to talk through their recommendations, take more testimony, and then prepare to release final report in April 2019.
News from our partners
One month to go. In just thirty days, Californians have the chance to make their voices heard and elect a governor who will prioritize early childhood care and education. It's time we stand up for our state's youngest children and invest in the next generation.

Do you know where the candidates stand? Read Gavin Newsom's and John Cox's platforms!

A "public charge" is a policy implemented by the federal government to identify people who may depend on benefits (TANF, Supplemental Security Income, long-term care) to support themselves and their families. The social safety net and programs like these support the wellbeing of families and communities. Under current policy, the United States can deny an immigrant/refugee admission to the country, or refuse an application for residency, if it's determined that the person(s) would be a public charge.

Click here to read Gavin Newsom's platform on education.
Click here to read John Cox's platform.

Through my work as an educator and on the documentary No Small Matter, I know how much important development happens in a child's brain from birth to age five. That's why on November 6th, I plan to vote for the gubernatorial candidate who is the best advocate for California's youngest generation.

Your vote matters. Make your voice heard on November 6th and cast a vote for the candidate you believe will be the best champion for early childhood care and education.
 
Thank you for supporting California's youngest children,

Rachel Giannini
No Small Matter

Please note, No Small Matter will be shown at the Network and CAPPA's Joint Conference 2018.  Click here to register.
Health Resource Spotlight: Emergency Preparedness Manual for Early Childhood Programs

The Problem 
By law, child care programs must have a disaster plan to keep children and staff safe in an emergency. However, developing one can be complicated.  

One Solution 
The newly updated Emergency Preparedness Manual for Early Childhood Programs, developed by the National Center for Early Childhood Health and Wellness (NCECHW).  
Providers in centers and family child care homes can use this tool to develop customized emergency plans for their programs. The manual is a workbook-style document that includes information on:  
  • National requirements and recommendations for child care emergency preparedness 
  • The three phases of emergency planning: Preparedness, Response and Recovery 
  • Different types of emergencies (e.g., hurricane, wildfire, intruder, etc.)  
  • The various responses to an emergency: evacuation, shelter-in-place, lockdown 
The manual has a collection of tip sheets, worksheets and checklists which - step by step - walk a provider through the process of developing an emergency plan. Topics include:  
  • Emergency Preparedness Self-Assessment 
  • What Types of Emergencies Could You Experience? 
  • Whom to Consult in Your Community When Making Your Plan 
  • Establishing Your Communication Procedures 
  • How to Build an Emergency Kit 
  • Reunification Procedures 
The manual from the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) also has links to many other resources.  

DRDP Online Webinars

The California Department of Education Early Education and Support Division is pleased to announce DRDP Online, the new online platform for the Desired Results Developmental Profile. This platform will be rolled out in August with updates and new features added weekly. As a result of input from the field, the new system was designed with flexibility to accommodate multiple program types.

The California Department of Education (CDE), in collaboration with the UC Berkeley BEAR Center and the WestEd Center for Child & Family Studies, announces DRDP Online designed to allow teachers, program administrators, and other designated staff to access DRDP instruments and conduct DRDP assessments online via the Internet. DRDP Online stores the data entered by teachers in a secure database and automatically produces a variety of assessment reports, both for individual children and for groups of children.

The Trump Administration announced a very harmful draft proposal that would change the definition of a "public charge" in an effort to support its ongoing and extreme overhaul of U.S. immigration policy.   

A "public charge" is a policy implemented by the federal government to identify people who may depend on benefits (TANF, Supplemental Security Income, long-term care) to support themselves and their families. The social safety net and programs like these support the wellbeing of families and communities. Under current policy, the United States can deny an immigrant/refugee admission to the country, or refuse an application for residency, if it's determined that the person(s) would be a public charge.

The Administration's proposal would considerably expand the public charge definition, putting millions of families at risk by forcing them to forgo any public assistance in an effort to remain in the country. This proposed rule would target many programs that help low-income families, including:

*    Non-emergency Medicaid
*    Subsidies provided through the Affordable Care Act
*    Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
*    Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
*    Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
*    Housing assistance such as Section 8 vouchers, and
*    State and local assistance programs

In addition, the Administration is considering adding the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to the list of benefits. 

This rule would impact the lives of millions of children and families who not only rely on the programs listed above but also those who depend on child care assistance and other critical education and health programs. In fact, many immigrant families have already disenrolled from these programs even though current U.S. public charge policy still remains.
 
The Administration is expected to officially publish this proposal soon and will seek comments for 60 days after its release, and we strongly encourage you to respond. In addition, Child Care Aware┬« of America is working closely with the National Immigration Law Center and CLASP and you can access  key resources here
. Also, we strongly urge you to join the webinar both organizations are hosting on   October 3 or October 17. Both are scheduled for 1:00 pm EST. 

Please continue to follow Child Care Aware┬« of America for further updates, and feel free to contact us with questions. You can read Child Care Aware of America's official statement here .  

Updated Guidance on Paid Family Leave Tax Credit Issued by IRS

An updated guidance on a tax credit for employers who provide paid family and medical leave to their employees has been issued by the IRS (Notice 2018-71). The tax credit applies regardless of whether an employer has fewer than 50 employees and therefore is not covered by the federal  Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or the  California Family Rights Act.

Employers should seek guidance from their tax advisor on how to apply the tax credit to their business.
To be eligible to claim the credit, an employer must have a written policy that covers all employees who have been employed for a year or more and were paid no more than $72,000 in the preceding year. Additionally, the employer must provide at least two weeks of annual paid family and medical leave for each full-time qualifying employee and at least a proportionate amount of leave for each part-time qualifying employee. The leave must provide for payment of at least 50 percent of the qualifying employee's wages while the employee is on leave.

If an employer has qualifying employees who are not covered by the FMLA, the written policy must include language providing "non-interference" protections (as defined in the updated guidance).

Click here to read full release.   Chamber of Commerce Staff Contact: Ellen Savage
 





Significant Gains Made in Afterschool Supper Participation,
but Demand for Quality Afterschool Programs Still Outstrips Supply

Report identifies need for more funding for afterschool programs that target low-income children - programs that help reduce childhood hunger by offering afterschool suppers.

WASHINGTON, October 10, 2018 - More than 1.2 million low-income children benefited from afterschool suppers on an average weekday in October 2017, an 11 percent increase from the previous year, according to the annual Afterschool Suppers: A Snapshot of Participation report , released today by the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC). The report analyzes participation data in the federal Afterschool Supper Program and Afterschool Snack Program, nationally and by state.

Despite an increase in participation from 2016, the report finds that only one child received an afterschool supper for every 19 low-income children who participated in the National School Lunch Program in October 2017.

"The Afterschool Supper Program plays a key role in reducing hunger, drawing children into quality afterschool enrichment activities, and supporting working families," said Jim Weill, president, FRAC. "While participation in this program is moving in the right direction, we must strengthen efforts to ensure more low-income children who rely on school lunch also can access afterschool supper."

CAPPA is pleased to support a strengthened partnership with CLASP.  We are pleased to profile research that they have done here.  

Our Children's Fear: Immigration Policy's Effects on Young Children's  a report describing findings from interviews and focus groups with ECE providers and immigrant parents. Also is a  companion report looking at how ECE programs and staff specifically are affected by immigration policy changes.

Developing State Policy that Supports Low-income, Working Students.  Current postsecondary policies fall short of addressing students' multiple roles as parents, workers, and students. Moreover, when existing policies do not place equity front and center, they fail to target the systemic barriers holding back students of color.

States recognize these weaknesses in existing postsecondary policies and have led the way on college completion and achievement initiatives that involve retrofitting systems designed for traditional students to meet the needs of today's low-income students.  Click here to read more.

The Department of Homeland Security's "Sensitive Locations" Policies.  The president issued a series of executive orders in January 2017 that effectively made all undocumented immigrants a priority for deportation. The executive orders also significantly increased the enforcement capacity of federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP). As a result, arrests in communities-notably among immigrants without criminal violations-have been particularly heightened under the Trump Administration. Advocates, policymakers, and immigrant communities have responded with outrage over several high-profile incidents of immigrants being detained immediately before or after dropping their children off at school, at or en route to the hospital, inside the courthouse,4 and outside church-affiliated homeless shelters.  Click here to read the fact sheet. 
We fully sponsored 9 online webinars hosted by top early education leaders last year - just so you can access this content anytime, for free.

These resources are there to help you improve, whether its to be a better teacher, director, owner or advocate

This week at CBPP ...
  • On poverty and inequality, Shelby Gonzales questioned the extremely broad authority immigration officials would be given under a proposed rule from the Trump administration. 
  • On family income support, Ashley Burnside and Ife Floyd found that benefits under Temporary Assistance for Needy Families remain low despite recent increases in some states. They also  summarized those findings in a policy brief.
     
  • On the economy, we updated our research on how many weeks of unemployment compensation are available.
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Upcoming CAPPA Events 









This Week!!  We are looking forward to seeing everyone this week in Sacramento for our 6th Annual Joint Conference!  

For more conference information and highlights, visit the  Conference Webpage.
To see the Preliminary Workshop Program,  Click Here.  

Partnership Information: 
The Network and CAPPA would like to thank all of our 2018 Conference Partners! 
Click Here to for more details on each partner. 

Regional Technical Assistance Trainings-Fall 2018


 
November 8th
Orange 
Children's Home Socierty
November 29th
Chico
Valley Oak Children's Services
December 7th
Pleasanton
Child Care Links
December 11th
Bakersfield 
Community Connection for Child Care- Kern County Supt. of Schools

CAPPA member agencies, with the support of CAPPA & Children's Foundation, have put together a series of Informational and Networking Sessions that will be coming to a region near you!  
This series will offer a variety of Hot topics for the field and ALL staff are encouraged to attend.  
If you would like to add any topics to the agenda, please let us know!

Agenda:


Best Practices Session (10:00am-11:45am):
  • 12-month initial and recertification - Do you still have questions?
     
  • Provider Reimbursements
     
  • Technology 
    • Where are you with direct deposit?
    • Digital signatures
    • Moving towards a paperless work environment
  • How to strengthen communications between parents and providers
     
  • Lunch (11:45am-12:15pm)
  • CAPPA Political Update and Election Discussion (12:15pm-1:00pm)
     
  • 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.
CAPPA Audit Training, in partnership with CDE

December 5, 2018
University of Phoenix-  Sacramento
9:30am-2:00pm
CAPPA, in partnership with CDE Fiscal and Audits, will be delivering a training for our field focused on auditing. There will be a training from CDE on auditing changes and requirements, as well as a training from a CPA on how agencies should be preparing and complying with the different requirements.
Agenda:

9:30am-12:00pm: 
Presentations from CDE Fiscal and CDE Audits and Investigations Unit
1. Part 1 will cover audit requirements for agencies.  Presenters will cover OMB Circular A-133, selecting a CPA, Audit Committee responsibilities, Board of Director responsibilities, Allowable/Unallowable costs, Direct vs. Indirect costs and common audit findings.
2. Part 2 will include a detailed look at hiring an External Auditor.  This segment will cover the 5 phases of hiring: planning, communicating, selecting, writing an agreement, and monitoring the auditor.

12:00pm-2:00pm: 
Presentation from a CPA on how agencies should be preparing and complying with the different requirements. This portion of the training will cover audits and internal controls as applied to the contractors. 

**Lunch will be included.**

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All New Early Learning & Child Care Webinar Series for 2018!

Build or Add to your  Resource Library!
This is Your Opportunity to Receive Professional Development in a Format Convenient to You.

Topic for October 2018:
Successful Classroom Management
Vicki Gibson, Educational Consultant, Author and Speaker, Gibson Hasbrouck & Associates 
Early Educators know that when you're faced with a room full of children, clear expectations and routines are vital if teaching and learning are going to happen. Implementing classroom management techniques can be a challenge when you're dealing with high-energy kiddos. During this webinar, we will discuss the keys to classroom management in an early childhood setting.

Click Here to see more details, topics and to register for the all new 2018 series.

The 2010- 2017 series' are still available for purchase. Purchase the 2010, 2011 and 2012 webinar CDs for 50% off!! For more information or to view past topics, Click Here.
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Our Monday Morning Update supports our Early Learning & Child Care field with timely information about what is going on in California and nationally; as well as dates to be aware and upcoming events. 

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

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