"Children Learning, Parents Earning, Communities Growing"
Issue #36                                          September 9, 2019
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September 2019 Featured Member Agency
Hively, formerly Child Care Links, is a well-respected social service agency which has, for over 40 years, provided a wide range of services and support for the youngest, most vulnerable residents in Alameda County.  Nearly all of the families we serve are living in poverty and it is our mission to provide them with the support and the resources they need to break the cycle of poverty.
Hively serves as a valuable partner to the Alameda County Department of Social Services and the California Department of Education, and these partnerships are integral to strengthening and supporting County and State efforts to meet the needs of its most vulnerable children and families.  Families of every configuration are referred to or seek out services at Hively for help navigating the complex realities of raising children.  With an agency focus on finding and supporting the best care and support for children, Hively is uniquely positioned to provide the support these families need and provide them with the services necessary to achieve the best possible and least restrictive outcomes for their children.    
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CAPPA Member Shout-Outs
Human Response Network's 28th Annual Children's Festival

This year, our agency held its 28th Annual Children's Festival.
It is held each year the Saturday following Mother's Day in Weaverville, CA.
The Festival runs from 11:00am-3:00pm and is a free event.
Agencies from all over Trinity County and some from Redding, come and bring an activity for children to do and information for parents and guardians.
There are all kinds of activities from Smokey Bear, to climbing in Ambulances and Sheriff's boats, to face painting, drawing and all kinds of games.
There is also a place for live entertainment. This ranges from children playing their violin's to high school students playing guitar's and singing, to adults playing guitars and inviting children to sing along with them.
The Trinity High School BBQ club barbecues for us. Lunch includes a hot dog or hamburger, sun chips, apples and a drink available for $2.
The Children's Festival is an activity that everyone all across the county looks forward to each year.
The last few years we have had an attendance of around 500 people.
We have grown from a few booths with activities, to having over 35 booths and renting inflatable slides for the children to use.
One of the great outcomes is the people who volunteer at each booth also walk around and learn what other people and programs have available to help children and families in our community.
This helps form strong relationships in our community.
We have started the planning process for our 29th annual Children's Festival which will be Saturday May 23, 2020.

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CAPPA Member Only Benefits
CAPPA Member Benefits now available on the Members Only website:
Best Practices
CAPPA would like to support you with more samples of Best Practices being used in the field.  Currently, we host a number of SAMPLE Best Practices in our online library
Visit the Member's Only website to view today!
NEW!  

Just added to the Member's only website are two AP 101 webinars on Enrollment; 
Enrolling Clients into the CalWORKs Program and  Enrollment Overview: 
Welcome to the Alternative Payment Program .

Visit the  CAPPA Member's Only website  for more information on this webinar series and other benefits available to CAPPA Members.  
 
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
September 6, 2019
Management Bulletin 19-07: Continued Funding Application Fiscal Year 2020-21
Fiscal Year 2019-20 Two-Day Fiscal Training for Center-Based Contractors.   Additional information regarding location details and how to sign up for these trainings will be forthcoming
Collection of Data for the Subsidized Provider Report- English and Spanish versions now available
Job Openings

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Public Affairs Manager
California Head Start Association

Manager Early Childhood Special Education
Napa County Office of Education
Children's Council San Francisco  
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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What's Happening
California 

Legislative - Upcoming Legislative Hearings ( click here to be directed to CalChannel): 

The legislature is now in the final stretch of session set to adjourn on September 13th.  From now until the 13th, both houses will only have Floor sessions.
Monday, September 9, 2019:
  • ASM - Concurrence in Senate Amendments
  • ASM - Senate Bills - Third Reading
  • SEN - Assembly Bills - Second Reading
  • SEN - Assembly Bills - Third Reading
  • SEN - Special Consent Calendar
    • AB 406 (Limon) Disability compensation: paid family leave: application in non-English languages.
Click here  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:

Assembly
Senate
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  234 - Nancy Skinner - Keeping Kids Close to Home Act
 

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law Senate Bill 234, the "Keeping Kids Close to Home Act," by state Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley. SB 234 will expand childcare opportunities for California families and reduce costs and red tape for home childcare providers statewide.

 

"We thank Governor Newsom, Senator Skinner, and the State Legislature for their support and dedication to making sure that every child has a strong start in life," said Kim Kruckel, executive director of the Child Care Law Center. "We are all working hard to provide the best for our children. We need childcare we can rely on from providers we trust. This new law makes it clear that California values and supports quality childcare close to home, in all our communities."

 

"Family childcare homes are an accessible and affordable way to provide the care our children need," Sen. Skinner said. "But neighborhood childcare providers have increasingly been pushed out by rising costs and onerous licensing requirements. SB 234 eases the permit process for family childcare homes."

 

Research has shown that quality early childhood education care provides kids with a strong foundation for the future, resulting in greater brain development, better academic and economic achievement, and lower incidences of illness. Yet licensed childcare is only available for 23% of children with working parents in California. The rising cost makes it even more unattainable. In the Bay Area, the cost of childcare jumped from $1,000 to $1,500 a month from 2014 to 2018.

 

Under SB 234, large family daycare homes that provide care to up to 14 children will receive the same exemptions under local neighborhood zoning and permitting laws that small family daycare homes now enjoy. Some forward-thinking cities and counties already provide these exemptions, and with SB 234, they'll be available to large family daycare homes statewide.     

SB 234 also affirms California's commitment to fostering home-based childcare in neighborhood settings that can contribute positively to a child's emotional, cognitive, and educational development.

 

The new law also directs the California Department of Social Services to inform childcare providers that they can file for protections under the Fair Employment and Housing Act if they are treated unfairly by their landlords. Childcare homeowners have the right to seek protections under the Fair Employment and Housing Act, but many are not aware that these protections exist.

 

"Quality, licensed childcare provided by a nearby neighbor is something every working parent deserves," Skinner added. "SB 234 helps ensure that more childcare homes are available to the working families who need it."

 

SB 234 won overwhelming bipartisan support in both the state Assembly (77-0) and the Senate (39-0). It will take effect on Jan. 1, 2020.  

Link to legislation.
Link to fact sheet.
2019-20 Budget
2019-20 State Budget Information

Click here to see the 2019-20 Budget materials, details and reference documents.
Participation Request

The California Health and Human Services (CHHS) Agency is inviting you to review and respond to this Request for Proposal (RFP) for Research, Development, and Project Management Services for the Master Plan for Early Learning and Care (MPELC) for California initiative.

The CHHS Agency, in concurrence with the California State Board of Education (SBE) and in consultation with the California Department of Education (CDE), invites creative and cost-effective proposals to provide Research, Development, and Project Management Services for the completion of the MPELC for the State of California.

Link to full article.

Reminder: September 10 Program Integrity Webinar: So You've Completed Your Fraud Investigation ... Now What?
 
The National Center on Subsidy Innovation and Accountability (NCSIA) is pleased to continue hosting the National Program Integrity Webinar Series. The national webinars have highlighted grantee actions that ensure the use of internal controls and fraud prevention efforts in their child care programs. Program integrity continues to be an issue of national interest and has been for several years. As stewards of public funds, we have a responsibility to increase our programs' accountability measurements to better serve children and families.
 
As a reminder, our fourth webinar in this series, So You've Completed Your Fraud Investigation ... Now What?,is scheduled for September 10 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time).
 
The regulations at ยง 98.68 require Lead Agencies to have a process in place to investigate and recover fraudulent payments and to impose sanctions on clients or providers in response to fraud. This webinar will focus on both requirements within the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program and best practices when considering next steps following a fraud investigation. The topics to be covered will include:
  •          Timely appeal and resolution processes
  •          Preparations for the hearing
  •          Recovery
  •          Sanctions.
Who Should Participate?
CCDF administrators, program integrity staff members, fraud investigators, and those involved with the recovery of misspent funds are all encouraged to participate and engage in a discussion surrounding fraud enforcement techniques and recovery strategies in the CCDF program.
 
How To Register:   You can register for the September 10   webinar via this Web link.
Upcoming Events

                      Sharing Our Stories...Building Bridges...
                            Cultivating Caring Communities
             
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- Register before Friday, September 13th!
The California Resource & Referral Network (Network) and the California Alternative Payment Program Association (CAPPA) have joined together to, plan, develop and deliver the Joint 2019 Annual Conference.

This conference provides a unique opportunity for staff to come together to discuss and share common issues, successes and challenges as well as time for each of us to get to know our colleagues and renew friendships. This conference is different from the variety of meetings and conferences related to our work, for this conference is by, for, and about the work we do in R&R and APP.

This year's Annual Conference includes a variety of workshops to meet the needs of staff working with parents; staff providing training and technical assistance to child care providers; program staff-supervisors; managers and directors.



     Visit the Conference Web page   for more information.


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Partner Updates
CLASP survey for early childhood providers on immigration policy impacts

CLASP is administering a survey to learn more about how early childhood programs and the families they serve are affected by immigration policy changes. If you work directly with children and families, CLASP would like to hear from you! Your responses will be kept anonymous. Question topics include children's behavior and mental health; parental needs; public benefit participation; program attendance and enrollment changes; families who have experienced immigration enforcement actions; and existing resources and needs for support. Participants will be entered to win a $50 gift card. Click here to learn more and take the survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/claspimmigrantfamilies.
Invitation to Provide Input - Preschool Development Grant 
Birth - Five Stakeholder Engagement Sessions

Do you have ideas for how to improve California's early learning and care system to best meet the needs of all children and families?  What would help your family access quality learning and care?  What would help providers to better support children and families?  

In December 2018, the California Department of Education (CDE) as the state lead agency, was awarded a competitive federal Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5) for $10,620,000 from the Office of Child Care, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The federally required PDG B-5 activities include: 1) completing a comprehensive needs assessment of the State's current early learning and care system; 2) developing an actionable PDG Strategic Plan; and (3) implementing projects that lay the foundation for systems improvements that will benefit children, parents and providers. California's PDG B-5 is intended to move the State closer to a mixed delivery early learning and care system that supports children age birth through five, their families and communities.
 
To achieve the PDG goals, we are seeking input from community members, parents, and educators. Please register for one of the seven Regional Engagement Sessions.
UC Berkeley's Proposed Master's-Degree Survey 

Dear Early Childhood Educators, Advocates, and Leaders,   

To help prepare the next generation of early childhood leaders, UC Berkeley is building a new Master's-level program.
 
We need your input; we're aiming to build that program you wish you or your junior colleagues could pursue.   Click here to complete the survey.

Can you first forward this  survey link to your EC colleagues -- at any point in their careers -- and then complete this  10-minute survey? This qualifies you for winning one of three $150 gift cards!

Margaret Bridges, Ph.D.
Institute of Human Development
UC Berkeley


PURCHASE YOUR TICKET NOW
A Guide to Understanding Poverty Measures Used to Assess Economic Well-Being in California

This  Guide to Understanding Poverty Measures Used to Assess Economic Well-Being in California is designed to help policy stakeholders understand the details of and differences between the three major measures of poverty available for California - the official poverty measure, the Supplemental Poverty Measure, and the California Poverty Measure - and provides guidance on when each measure is most appropriate to use to understand the poverty Californians experience.

The first section of the guide provides a brief history of the three poverty measures and describes how each one determines a family's or individual's poverty status. The second section explains which data sources the measures are based on and discusses how to find and use the data for each one. The final section of this guide outlines the major advantages and limitations of each measure and provides guidance on when to use one measure over another. Tables, figures, and additional downloadable resources (listed below) provide supplementary information.

Link to full article!
Children Now Insider: Tapping Our Natural Reserves In STEM

Although women make up approximately half of the U.S. labor market,  only 28 percent of STEM workers are female. While this number is slowly on the rise, we need to accelerate the pace if we intend to stay competitive in the global economy. Moreover, we need to inspire and empower young women of color - particularly Latinas and African Americans - to enter the STEM workforce as they are  woefully under-represented at 4 and 3 percent respectively, in university STEM programs and as scientists or engineers.

Under-represented constituencies, including emigres and first-generation students in both urban and rural communities are our 'national STEM reserve' that can turn the trickle of a STEM-ready workforce into a torrent. Tapping into a well-spring of bright, diverse, STEM-minded young women is a secret weapon we must unleash to stay ahead in the worldwide race for innovation and excellence in science, engineering and technology. While this should be obvious, the challenges to achieving this goal are legion.

Link to full article!
Homeless California families get help finding child care

For almost two years, Eva Morales moved from homeless shelter to homeless shelter. Sometimes she stayed with friends. On the worst nights, she slept in a friend's car.

It was hard for Morales, but harder for her two small children, who had to adapt with each move, only to be uprooted again soon after. Her son, who is now 4, angered easily. He didn't want to play with his 2-year-old sister and he refused to eat most of the food at the shelter.
That all changed when he started attending Head Start, a federally subsidized preschool program for low-income children.

"When he started going to school, he was more energetic. He relaxed; he was more patient with his sister and he started eating a little better. He would come home happy, singing and skipping," Morales said.

Morales found the preschool for her son and home-based child care for her daughter with the help of a San Francisco County program that helps homeless families find and enroll in subsidized child care. San Francisco and Alameda are two California counties that have set up comprehensive programs in recent years specifically for homeless families. The programs support families throughout the entire process, from filling out paperwork to getting required immunizations and visiting different programs to decide what is the best fit for their child.

Link to full article!
Federal
What Child Care Costs and How to Save

The cost of child care services is a major line item in many family budgets.

FOR MANY FAMILIES, THE  cost of day care and other child care services swallows up entire paychecks, blows up budgets and makes it difficult to save for other financial goals.

These days, child care costs frequently outpace mortgage and  food bills, according to a 2018 report from  Child Care Aware of America. In fact, the cost of child care for two children exceeds mortgage costs in 35 states and the District of Columbia. In 28 states and the District of Columbia, center-based infant care is pricier than annual tuition at a public four-year college.
The high cost of child care leaves many families struggling to cobble together affordable care arrangements or worrying about whether it makes sense for two partners to stay in the job market. "It's definitely one of the most pressing issues that's facing working families with children," says Zane Mokhiber, data analyst at the Economic Policy Institute, which provides an interactive  state-by-state breakdown of child care costs.

So how do families afford the pricey cost of child care and day care? Here's what to know.

What Does Child Care Cost?

The national average cost of child care is about $9,000 to $9,600, according to the 2018 report from Child Care Aware of America. But experts note that those figures don't tell the whole story.

What you'll spend on child care expenses, including infant care or day care, will vary based on where you live, the age of your child and the services you access.

Families will typically pay more to place an infant in care because they require lower staff-to-child ratios, says Jessica Tercha, director of research at Child Care Aware of America. Families may also pay more for center-based child care over family child care services.

In general, high cost-of-living states, such as Massachusetts, California and the District of Columbia, tend to see high child care costs as well. For example, the least affordable state for center-based toddler care was Massachusetts, with the annual cost running $18,845 per year, according to Child Care Aware. That's 65% of median single-parent income and 15.5% of married-couple median income.

Link to full article.

According to expats living in 187 countries, the U.S. is among the least safe and affordable countries in the world

A new global survey finds that expats living in the U.S. aren't able to enjoy life in the world's wealthiest country because of many of the same factors that cause anxiety among Americans: high healthcare and child care costs and a general lack of social welfare programs.

The annual Expat Insider Survey,  released Thursday by the expat community network InterNations, finds that the U.S. is only the 47th best country to live in out of 64 countries. The country's ranking is unchanged since the group's last survey in 2018.

Link to full article .

A lack of affordable housing is making it worse as US President Donald Trump's administration aims to slash funding for subsidised housing for the poor.

The  United Nations says a billion children in the world live in poverty.

In the  United States, California has one of the highest rates of any state. And a lack of affordable housing is making it worse.

Al Jazeera's Rob Reynolds reports from the town of Watsonville, just south of San Francisco.

Link to full article.
Interesting Reads
Early Childhood Educators are Underpaid, Undervalued, and Overstressed

It goes without saying that the first five years of a child's life really matter. In recent years, public understanding of the importance of this period in a child's life, the neuroscience behind child development, and the impact of nurturing that development has increased substantially.

There is a growing awareness of the  30 million word gap that Head Start works to close, the long-lasting health benefits of early intervention, and the greater rates of high school graduation for Head Start alums. These are just some of the important outcomes that are so important for the children, families, and communities Head Start serves.

As that understanding has increased, so too have our expectations for early childhood environments and the staff who work with our youngest learners.  Children are our future, but the reality is that today in the United States, our future rests in the hands of underpaid, oftentimes undervalued, and overstressed early educators.

Link to full  article.
New Mental Health Clinic Offers Transportation, Child Care To Get Veterans Help

Navy veteran Martin Pawlik knows how difficult it is to get mental health care and stick with it. The former hospital corpsman served three tours, including in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he treated fellow service members injured by bombs.

Pawlik said that experience, plus a divorce and transitioning back into student life at San Diego State University eventually overwhelmed him.

"You realize you need help at some point and you try to find it, but you don't always find the right resource," he said.

Link to full article.
Of Interest