July 21st, 2020

HEN (Humboldt Early Education Newsletter) Fourth Edition
News & Updates about Legislation, ECE, Local Events, Trainings, and Job Opportunities
Hot Topics

We Joined Instagram!
July 1st marks the start of our new fiscal year! Whoo-hoo! To celebrate, we have decided to join Instagram. Be sure to follow and share our new social media account!💙
We can't wait to connect with you! 😄

Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)
There has been a lot of discussion but very little clear guidance about COVID-19 related Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C). While most information indicates that the condition is rare, we want you to know that we continue to look for the best and most current information on MIS-C and will be posting resources on our website as they become available.

- CDC’s information page about MIS-C:

- Children’s Hospital Los Angeles: COVID-19 and  Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) Update Webinar– slides  and  Webinar Video
How to Help Families and Staff Build Resilience During the COVID-19 Outbreak
So, what can we do to build up and strengthen resilience right now during the COVID-19 outbreak? And how can we build resilience to plan ahead for future times of crisis?

The science of child development points to three ways we can affect experiences and the balance of the resilience scale.

Child Care Programs/ Providers
In place to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the safety of children, providers, and families. As programs begin to reopen and other programs transition from emergency child care for essential workers to enhanced regular operations, all providers must apply new and updated policies and requirements and must update their emergency preparedness plan.

Resources to Support Children’s Emotional Well-Being Amid Anti-Black Racism, Racial Violence, and Trauma
Most Black children in the United States encounter racism in their daily lives. Ongoing individual and collective psychological or physical injuries due to exposure and re-exposure to race-based adversity, discrimination, and stress, referred to as  racial trauma , is harmful to children’s development and well-being. Events that may cause racial trauma include threats of harm and injury, hate speech, humiliating and shaming events, or any other form of individual,  historical , or  institutional   racism . Children also experience racial trauma after hearing about or witnessing another person’s direct experiences, often referred to as  secondary traumatic stress  or  vicarious trauma . To help protect children from the harmful effects of racial trauma, caregivers must start talking to them about race and racism early—when children are very young and first developing a sense of  racial identity .

· New Video Series! Storytime with Early Edge California and Friends
We’re excited to launch our latest video series, Storytime with Early Edge California and Friends! The collection of videos features members of California’s Early Learning community reading their favorite children’s books in virtual storytime for young children and their families who are at home during the health crisis. The series will include stories read in multiple languages. 
We’re kicking off the series with our amazing guest reader  Asm. Eloise Gómez Reyes  reading her favorite Dr. Seuss book, Yertle the Turtle/Yoruga la Tortuga in English and Spanish.  Watch the videos now !  
We have also created companion materials for teachers and providers to conduct their own virtual storytime with the children they support. These include Tips for Virtual Storytime and A Guide to Filming at Home available in both  English  and  Spanish .  
We encourage you to utilize these resources to support the young learners in your life and to share the video series with your colleagues and the families you serve. 
Stay tuned for more videos throughout the summer!

Child Care Licensing
Coronavirus Information
Please refer to the following notices regarding Coronavirus:

Local News & Updates
Humboldt County Emergency Alert

Sign up for Humboldt County Alerts and Updates.

Changing Tides Family Services COVID 19 Resources and Information
Get outside and be active! Here is Victoria from our CalFresh program on how you can  #stayactive  with the kids! We are looking forward to sharing more fun activities, stay tuned! ☀️💪😄
Are you a licensed (or tribal license-exempt) childcare facility in Humboldt County that has stayed open or reopened during the shelter-in-place?
First 5 Humboldt and the Humboldt Area Foundation have teamed up to bring you a little help. See applications attached. Please share widely and send in your application right away!

Please mail or deliver to the office at First 5 Humboldt 325 2nd Street, suite 201, Eureka CA 95501.
Local Events, Trainings, and Job Opportunities
Health, Safety & Quality in Child Care Settings
During Covid-19 Series!
--    Part 1   - 5/15/20 General Overview of Health and Safety for Being Open and/or Reopening During COVID-19 - featuring Q&A with Community Care Licensing.    Click to view video on YouTube

--    Part 2   In case you missed this, Part 2 - 5/27/20 Completing a Plan for Reopening/Being Open During COVID-19, including how to read EPA Labels for Cleaning Products, and featuring Center-Based Care Q&A with Wendy Hill, Director, CR Child Development Center    Click to view video on YouTube 

--  Part 3  - 06/11/2020  Completing a Plan for Reopening/Being Open During COVID-19, including EPA Labels for Cleaning Products.  School Age Care featuring 5 Q&A panelist from local after school programs.  Click to view video on YouTube 

-- Part 4 - 06/22/2020 A Special Health, Safety & Quality session tonight on staying open during COVID-19 – Stories from the Field
Humboldt County Office of Education

FREE Online Training on De-Escalation & Assertiveness

Do you work with the public? Have you experienced an increased amount of aggressive behavior? If so, this is a great short class that will help you learn techniques for awareness, vigilance, interpersonal communication skills, de-escalation and assertiveness. You will learn skills to immediately put into practice in your workplace.

Local Child Care Planning Council
The next Local Child Care Planning Council meeting is August 12 th at 3:30, virtually. If someone would like to attend, email jandersen@hcoe.org for the link.
Humboldt County Office of Education
Check out the Spark Online learning page Cindi Kaup and Elena Janred developed with online learning resources in English and Spanish  https://spark.adobe.com/page/NKfTXDDYbEmPy/

This page is a resource for families and school administrators regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). This site includes updates about school closure information, school meal schedules, resources for families, health resources and news updates.  https://hcoe.org/covid-19/

For the Love of Children: Unsung Heroes, an article by Cindi Kaup in the North Coast Journal
Federal Updates
Child Care is Essential to Economic Recovery
As all 50 states and the District of Columbia roll back restrictions related to COVID-19 and reopen their economies, it is increasingly clear that without significantly more support, the country’s collapsing child care system will become a barrier to full economic recovery.  News reports  confirm the catastrophic impact of the pandemic on the child care system. Operating on razor-thin profit margins even before the pandemic, many child care providers struggled to survive the initial stages of the crisis. Those who have reopened face significant challenges related to the increased costs of meeting safety guidelines and long-term under-enrollment. These new challenges could sink countless providers even as parents returning to the workforce increasingly need care.
While Congress did provide some support through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act passed in March, it was nowhere near sufficient to meet the myriad needs of the child care system. In many states, the additional supports made available to providers through this funding source have already expired or will do so shortly. Experts project that  the child care system needs at least $9.6 billion per month  in dedicated stabilization funding to survive this crisis.
Champions for child care in the House and the Senate, led by Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), introduced the Child Care Is Essential Act ( H.R.7027 S.3874 ) as an attempt to provide the child care system with the $50 billion it needs to survive and serve as a key foundation of the country’s economic recovery. As Congressional leaders continue developing the next COVID-19 relief legislation, it is critical that they hear from you about the need to include significant support for the child care system like that offered in the Child Care is Essential Act. 
State Updates
Governor Gavin Newsom Lays Out
Pandemic Plan for Learning and Safe Schools    
Plan centers on rigorous instruction for students even when schools are physically closed
Decisions to open in-person will be determined by local data that the public can track on a daily basis
Schools open for in-person instruction will implement precautions, including a requirement that students in 3rd grade and above wear masks
Newsom: “In California, health data will determine when a school can be physically open – and when it must close – but learning should never stop”
SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced his plan for learning and safe schools ahead of the 2020–2021 school year, as the California Department of Public Health issued a framework for when and how schools should reopen for in-person instruction.
“Learning is non-negotiable,” said Governor Newsom. “The virus will be with us for a year or more, and school districts must provide meaningful instruction in the midst of this pandemic. In California, health data will determine when a school can be physically open – and when it must close – but learning should never stop. Students, staff, and parents all prefer in-classroom instruction, but only if it can be done safely.”
EveryChild CA: Advocacy Alert: Further Budget Clarification
 Governor Gavin Newsom signed the 2020-2021 budget, one day ahead of his constitutional deadline. The budget, which took effect on July 1, largely maintains current spending levels on schools and early education programs. EveryChild California has received clarification on a few items:
·     The 1% (0.63%) differential between full-day CCTR and full-day CSPP programs, was NOT eliminated as part of the final budget. Full-day CCTR will remain $49.54, and Full-day CSPP will remain $49.85.
·     CCTR expansion funds as part of the Budget Act 2019-2020, for CCTR expansion services from April 1 to June 30, 2020 were swept. However, the funding for these spaces starting July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021 were not eliminated and are part of the final budget. As such, this funding will be released shortly. 
·     Full-Day CSPP and Part-Day CSPP will remain at the California Department of Education (CDE). All other programs early care and child development programs will move over to Department of Social Services (DSS) July 1, 2021.
·     The Early Childhood Policy Council (ECPC) will remain under the Health and Human Services Department and will not be moved over to DSS.
* See below for the other details of the budget.
Additionally, a number of Management Bulletins have expired and are rescinded as of July 1, 2020.
·     MB 20-04A:  COVID-19 Guidance on Apportionment, Attendance, and Reporting Requirements – Amendment  
·     MB 20-05:  COVID-19 Guidance: Temporary Waiver of Family Fees 
·     MB 20-07:  COVID-19 Guidance to California Resource and Referral Programs and Local Planning Councils  
·     MB 20-08A:  COVID-19 Guidance on Procurement and Audits – Amendment 
·     MB 20-09:  COVID-19 Guidance on Program Self-Evaluation, Contract Monitoring, and Program Quality Requirements  
·     MB 20-10:  COVID-19 Guidance regarding Family Child Care Home Education Networks  
·     MB 20-11:  COVID-19 Guidance: Emergency Closures 
(Note:  MB 20-06a   will be in effect through August 28, 2020)