August 25th, 2020

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

Guidance for Small Cohorts/Groups of Children and Youth
🚨Just released!🚨 CA Dept of Public Health just released new guidance about groups of children in supervised setting, supervised care environments, i.e., "distance learning hubs"; recreation programs; before and after school programs; youth groups; and day camps. Click the link to read the full guidance
FDA warns about new hand sanitizer ingredient, expands list of dangerous products to 149 (Updates 08/24/2020)

The FDA has previously warned about more than 100 hand sanitizer products containing methanol. Now, it's alerting the public to the dangers of 1-propanol. 

🚨This includes child care providers who own their own businesses; they just need to use a copy of their CCL license! This is a first come, first serve until the funds are exhausted. Please look through to see what they need and how it works. 👇

The county encourages these small business to submit applications for the Restart Grant (up to $500 of reimbursable costs related to drafting and submitting their reopening plan for the county, including any staff or admin costs to complete the plan, or hiring someone else to create it), and the Recovery Grant (up to $1,200 of reimbursable costs related to COVID, including PPE, rental assistance, equipment or environmental/building improvements to comply with quarantining, social distancing orders; wages for staff who were hired or had additional hours directly because of COVID, and other costs associated with hardships due to COVID-19 or complying with public health orders) 👇🚨
Changing Tides Family Services
COVID-19 Activities
Interested in how Changing Tides Family Services
 is helping out during COVID-19?
DLL Resource of the Week: Language Resources
from Bilingual Kidspot
Bilingual Kidspot offers a wealth of resources for raising bilingual or multilingual children; the resource that we are most excited to share is their series of Language Lessons and Activities. Scroll down the page to access; at the moment, Spanish, Chinese, English (ESL), and French are offered. 

The Tax Consequences of a Grant
What are the tax consequences of receiving a grant from your state?
Such state grant programs may be a one-time payment or reoccurring payments. They may also be in the form of reimbursing family child care providers who purchase supplies or equipment.

Should you accept a grant from your state?

The answer is always – yes! – even though grants are taxable income.
ChildTrends: Considerations for Building Post-COVID Early Care and Education Systems that Serve Children with Disabilities
Coping with the COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for all families, especially those caring for young children with disabilities. Of the 24 million children under age 6 in the United States, about 5 percent (1.2 million) have a diagnosed disability, which qualifies them for early intervention or special education services through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).1 IDEA categorizes 13 different types of disabilities in children, including conditions such as autism spectrum disorder, speech or language impairment, visual impairment, deafness, intellectual disabilities, and other specific learning disabilities (i.e., dyslexia or auditory processing disorder). As a result of the pandemic, these children and their families may face challenges beyond those faced by other families.

Synopsis of this is at First 5 Years Fund
Across the United States, some 1.2 million young children have a diagnosed disability which qualifies them for early intervention and special education services. In a new brief this week, ChildTrends outlines unique challenges facing young children with disabilities and their families as they navigate getting critical services during the pandemic. The report also offers key considerations for policy makers as they look to reopen early care and learning programs. 
Paid Time Off, COVID-19, and Policy Gaps: Providing California Workers With Quality Paid Leave
Choosing between paying the bills or caring for their families has never been an easy choice for California workers, and COVID-19 health and economic conditions have only exacerbated that dilemma. The federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act temporarily addresses workers’ lack of paid time off in the United States by requiring employers to provide both paid sick days and job-protected paid leave to care for a family member (see Table for more details). While the federal government will provide tax credits to businesses to cover the cost of the required leave policies, the federal law has exemptions that allow some employers to opt out of providing paid time off to workers, many of whom earn low wages, have limited benefits, and are at heighted risk of being exposed to COVID-19.
Workers ineligible for new federal leave laws may be able to rely on California’s family and medical leave laws, but these policies also have limitations that create barriers for workers taking paid time off from work. These barriers are particularly acute for workers with low wages – disproportionately women, Black, and Latinx workers. Finally, some workers may be covered by their employers’ benefits, but workers with low wages are far less likely to have paid time off via workplace benefits. This means that even as state leaders work to stop the spread of COVID-19 and have directed people to stay home, some workers cannot access paid time off to care for themselves or family members and still support their household needs.

Making Learning at Home Work for Preschool Students
When I walked out of my early childhood special education classroom on Friday, March 13, I didn’t bring anything home with me. I was expecting to go back to work on Monday. I had all of my students’ craft materials ready, and our classroom library was stocked with books for the following week’s theme.
That weekend, everyone’s world was turned upside down with the announcement that schools would be closing due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The next week felt like a blur as I rushed to put together a distance learning plan that would be meaningful and appropriate for my students and their families. The remainder of the year went as smoothly as could be expected, and I feel confident that, if we do distance learning again this upcoming year, I’ll be prepared to provide a high-quality experience.

Why Are Child Care Programs Open When Schools Are Not?
Although school buildings in Philadelphia will remain closed this fall, St. Mary’s Nursery School, a secular child care center founded in 1964, will remain open. St. Mary’s, which serves children ages 18 months to 12 years, typifies an odd juxtaposition:
As more public schools are moving to remote learning, child care programs and after-school providers in major cities are taking in more children of families who cannot work remotely.

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

Local News & Updates
Humboldt County Emergency Alert

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The #stayactive CalFresh Team is back! Here is DIY activity that can be made with things around the house with the kids! Get outside and be active! ☀️💪😄
Local Events, Trainings, and Job Opportunities
Humboldt County Office of Education
Para juntar el encuentro virtual / To join the Virtual Meeting: 

Plataforma de videoconferencia Zoom (interpretación proporcionada a través de Zoom).
Presentado simultáneamente por la página Facebook de Centro del pueblo Facebook: Centrodelpueblo (página web)
  Meeting ID (número de junta): 929 8138 0067
  Passcode (código): 096154
Zoom Video Conference Platform (Simultaneous translation provided via Zoom). 
Also presented simultaneously via Centro del pueblo’s Facebook page. Meeting ID: 929 8138 0067
  Passcode: 096154
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

-- Part 5 - 08/07/2020 A Special Health, Safety & Quality session featuring Recovery and Response After COVID-19 Positive Exposure. Click to view video on Click to view video on YouTube! 
Local Child Care Planning Council
The next Local Child Care Planning Council meeting is September 9th, virtually. If someone would like to attend, email for the link.
Federal Updates
COVID-19 and Early Care and Education
Attached is the matrix entitled COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Emerging Policies and Resources – Early Care and Education, updated on July 29, 2020. The matrix is a running list of federal, state and local policy-related items of interest to the field of early care and education including the following:
·   Bills and legislation at the federal and state level
·   Executive orders issued by the Governor
·   Directives in the form of California Department of Social Services/Community Care Licensing Division (CDSS/CCLD) Provider Information Notices (PINs) to licensed child care providers and California Department of Education/Early Learning and Care Management Bulletins targeted to agencies holding State contracts for subsidized services
·   County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health guidance for early care and education programs serving the children of families providing essential services on the front lines of the pandemic as well as links to other resources and Re-opening Protocol for Day Camps – Effective as of Friday, June 12, 2020
·   Links to research and advocacy resources from national- and state-wide entities
State Updates
State Legislation Update
Attached is the matrix of legislation of likely interest to the field of early care and education updated as of Wednesday, July 29, 2020. The matrix reflects legislation introduced this session as well as the addition of 2-year bills that made it out of their house of original last session, but have not been acted upon as of yet during this session. Beginning on page 12, the matrix contains the list of budget bills with a brief synopsis of items of likely interest to the field of early care and education approved by the Governor (highlighted in yellow). The last page of the matrix contains the state legislative calendar for 2020, updated as of May 6, 2020. 
Guidelines on Disaster Relief
For information on Governor Newsom’s emergency proclamation, please refer to the Office of Governor Gavin Newsroom web page at

For information on the CDE Resources for California Wildfires, please refer to the CDE Resources for California Wildfires web page at

For information on the CDE Disaster Relief Guidelines, please refer to the CDE Disaster Relief Guidelines web page at

For information on disaster assistance and resources in California, please refer to the CDE Disaster Resources web page at

For information on emergency resources from federal, state, and local agencies, please refer to the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (OES) website at