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This week, California Assembly and Senate floor sessions will convene on Monday and Thursday.
The deadline to introduce bill for the current legislative year was February 17. A total of 1689 AB bills and 808 SB bill have been introduced.
Both the Assembly and the Senate have begun scheduling budget related hearings. The first budget hearing has been scheduled for Feb. 28. Click here to see dates and topics relevant to our field. Moving forward this link will be updated as budget hearings are scheduled. When available, the agenda too will be hosted.
Click here to see all of the legislation that has been identified to be of interest to our field. To track and/or review legislation or to create your own tracking list, click here.
Bills identified as of high interest to our field include:
To access the Senate Daily Files, click here.
- AB 60 (Santiago & Gonzalez) — This bill will establish a not less than 12 month re/eligibility determination process for child care and establishes "ongoing income eligible" to mean that a family's adjusted monthly income is at or below 85 percent of the most recent state median income.
- AB 227 (Mayes) — This bill would create the Educational Opportunity and Attainment Program that would provide education incentive grants to CalWORKs recipients to encourage and support low-income parents who reach certain educational goals and create additional work-study slots and support services for CalWORKs recipients pursuing their education.
- AB 231 (Chavez) — This bill will define State Median Income and create a phase out process.
- AB 273 (Aguiar-Curry) — Child care services: eligibility.
- AB 1106 (Weber) — This bill will allow allocated monies to support working families with child care, to be distributed over a longer period of time. Additionally, the proposal will allow active military personnel to not have their basic housing allowance considered as part of their income when they apply for a child care subsidy. Find the fact sheet here.
- AB 1164 (Thurmond) — Foster care placement: funding.
To access the Assembly Daily Files, click here.
To watch live coverage of the Assembly and Senate click here.
The legislature has begun work on framing the legislative and budgetary priorities for the upcoming 2017-2018 session. Click here to see the upcoming calendar. Please feel free to forward to us any trainings, conferences or meetings that you think would be beneficial to our field.
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
The Problems with Block Granting Entitlement Programs
Congress may soon consider proposals to convert more entitlement programs into block grants.
This includes programs that serve families and individuals who are low income or otherwise vulnerable, such as Medicaid, which President Trump and some Republicans in Congress have called for block-granting.
In two new papers released today, we explore how block-granting low-income programs leads to large funding declines over time, and the lessons learned from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Family (TANF) block grant.
For a grounding in why it's a bad idea to block grant entitlement programs, we have also launched a web page to explain the basics.
ADVOCACY: Congress is on Recess
President Trump and Congress have yet to finish this year's budget that provides funding for Head Start and the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCBDG) programs. Together, let's make sure that Congress puts early childhood educaiton as a top priority. These programs are at risk of being underfunded or reducing funds altogether, resulting in children losing access.
Now that we have a new Administration and Congress, it's time for your voice to be heard on behalf of vulnerable children and families. Unfotunately, Congress does not view early childhood educaiton as a top priority, putting these programs at risk of being underfunded or reducing funds altogether, resulting in children losing access.
Action must be taken to ensure our country's most valuable and precious resource-children-rae properly supported and receice high-quality care and instruction.
Congress and the Administration must be held accountable and remember that the needs of children are of vital importance as they continuye to finalize the FY 2017 buget. Child Care Aware® of America has created a list of ways to take action during the Congressional recess, with resources to aid advocates in raising their voice in support of vital early childhood education and child care programs. Click here to contact Congress.
The Whole Leadership Framework, which has been in development for more than a year, has been published in the January/February edition of Exchange Magazine. Here's an excerpt: "As the nation addresses the recommendations in the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council's report, Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation,1 leadership is emerging as an important component for increasing workforce capacity in early childhood education. Because program leaders are included with other individuals considered to be 'lead educators,' a clear understanding of their foundational knowledge and competencies is necessary for successful implementation. Yet, early childhood leadership is a multi-faceted and nuanced concept that is often clouded by inconsistent standards and policies across an array of program settings."
Click here to read the full report.
Partnering with child care programs or schools to encourage influenza vaccination of all children, staff, and caregivers is beneficial. Encourage child care providers to take the free online PediaLink course "Influenza Prevention and Control — Strategies for Early Education and Childcare 2016-2017." This course was recently updated and is approved for 1.0 contact hour.
Win a trip to the LEGO® headquarters in Billund, Denmark. Tell us about your innovative use of the LEGO® brick in the classroom to engage and excite your students with playful learning. Entrants will be eligible to learn from, inspire, and connect with other teachers using inventive, hands-on strategies. Deadline to enter is March 17.
The CDE/EESD has announced plans and a process to promulgate regulations that will update the California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Chapters 19 and 19.5. Many of the provisions of these regulations need to become current and aligned with California laws recently enacted, as well as the federal Child Care and Development Fund Program Final Rule, published Sept. 30, 2016.
In California, single parents pay more than half of their income for infant center care. Married parents who live at the poverty line and have two children pay 111.8 percent of their income for center care. The cost of center care for 2 children in California is more than twice the annual cost of college tuition at a four year college.
Click here to read the article.
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Department of Finance
California Child Care Programs Local Assistance — All Funds 2016-2017 Budget Act
Department of Education Child Development Programs 2016-2017 Budget Act
Arrow Benefits Group
Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, individuals are required to have health insurance, while applicable large employers are required to offer health benefits to their full-time employees. In order for the Internal Revenue Service to verify that (1) individuals have the required minimum essential coverage, (2) individuals who request premium tax credits are entitled to them, and (3) ALEs are meeting their shared responsibility (play or pay) obligations, employers with 50 or more full-time or full-time equivalent employees and insurers will be required to report on the health coverage they offer. Final instructions for the 1094-B and 1095-B and the 1094-C and 1095-C forms were released in September 2016, as were the final forms for 1094-B, 1095-B, 1094-C, and 1095-C. The reporting requirements are in Sections 6055 and 6056 of the ACA.
Reporting was first due in 2016, based on coverage in 2015. Reporting in 2017 will be based on coverage in 2016. All reporting will be for the calendar year, even for non-calendar year plans.
On Nov. 18, 2016, the IRS issued Notice 2016-70, delaying the reporting deadlines in 2017 for the 1095-B and 1095-C forms to individuals. There is no delay for the 1094-C and 1094-B forms, or for forms due to the IRS.
California Department of Education
We are very pleased to share the final version of Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8: Implementation Plan for the State of California, which is available at the following link: http://twb8-ca.net/files/CA_TWB8_Implementation_Plan.pdf.
The website for this project (http://twb8-ca.net) has been updated to include some overview and summary language; as well as links to download a two-page summary, full plan and appendices.
In addition, a number of resources for communicating this plan will be available at http://twb8-ca.net/communication-resources/, including:
We encourage you to use the information and resources at the links above to share this plan and associated materials with your colleagues and networks.
- Talking points (including a one-minute overview and detailed talking points)
- A message template for sharing the plan with your colleagues and networks
Both First 5 California and CDE Early Education and Support Division will be making formal announcements about the release of this plan in the coming week. However, we wanted to share the plan and associated materials with you in advance.
While the release of this plan is a key milestone, our collective work to achieve the objectives outlined in the plan and determine the specific actions necessary to do so, is ongoing. Moving forward, the Core Team (originally consisting of co-leads from the three work groups that worked to develop the plan content, and now with slightly modified membership) will continue to meet on a monthly basis to guide implementation of this plan.
We would like to reiterate our deep thanks for your participation and thought partnership throughout this planning process, and for your ongoing dedication to California's young children and the adult professionals supporting them. Thank you!
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California Department of Education
California Education Code (EC) Section 8265(d) allows a rate increase for contractors on a case-by-case basis in order to maintain service levels for contracts currently at a rate less than the Standard Reimbursement Rate. Increases approved through this application will be retroactive to July 1, 2016. Contractors may apply for a rate increase if the contract rate for a center-based child development contract has a daily rate less than $40.20 for General Childcare and Development Program or $40.45 for California State Preschool Program, and secondly meets one or more of the following:
In all cases, contractors must clearly demonstrate that the current year's projected costs have increased and thereby threaten continuation of the existing program. Copies of prior and current year documentation for all areas of increased costs must be attached.
- Loss of program resources from other sources;
Contractors must clearly demonstrate how the loss of supplemental funds or in-kind contributions will affect the program. Copies of correspondence from the funding source(s) documenting the reduced funding must be submitted. The loss of in-kind contributions must be quantified with a dollar amount.
- Need of a contractor to pay the same child care rates as those prevailing in the local community;
Contractors must clearly demonstrate how their current contracted rate has had an adverse effect on the quality of care offered by the contractor. The lesser of the contractor's documented requested contracted rate, the SRR, or the Reimbursement Ceilings for Subsidized Child Care fund found on the Reimbursement Ceilings for Subsidized Child Care Web page at http://www3.cde.ca.gov/rcscc/ will be used to determine the maximum rate allowed.
- Increased cost directly attributable to new or amended regulations;
Contractors must clearly demonstrate that they will experience a cost increase as a direct result of one or more provisions of a new or amended regulation. To be considered under this criterion, contractors must identify and describe how each new or amended regulation will increase cost.
- Increased costs necessary to maintain the prior year's level of service and ensure the continuation of the program;
Contractors must clearly demonstrate that they will experience a cost increase that threatens the ability to maintain the prior year's service level. To be considered under this criterion, the contractor must provide documentation of each cost increase.
Documentation must reflect a complete audit trail for increased costs. For example, applications based on labor cost increases must be documented by board-adopted salary schedules for Fiscal Years 2015–2016 and 2016–2017, listing of the appropriate staff on the salary range or step, and the number of staff affected. Board minutes can indicate that the FY 2016–2017 salary increase is contingent on the approval of the rate increase application. Any worksheets or calculations that help clarify and/or justify the amount requested should also be included.
Eligible contractors who wish to apply for a rate increase must complete the attached application (CDNFS 3104) and return it with an original signature to the Child Development and Nutrition Fiscal Services unit by Jan.31. No faxed applications will be accepted, because an original signature is required. Applications and all supporting documentation must be received by the deadline to be considered. Extensions will not be granted.
Applications will be evaluated based upon the information and documentation submitted, as well as an analysis of the contractor's historical earnings, and expenditure data gathered through the annual CDNFS contract review process. If available information does not clearly support the amount being requested, that portion of the request for a rate increase will be denied. Rate increases are subject to availability of funding. Under earnings may be used to fund the rate increase; however, the contract service level may not decrease below the current level of services being projected in FY 2016–2017.
State of California
Now available here.
Due date: Feb. 28 — 1095-B and 1095-C: Form 1095-B: is used to report certain information to the IRS and to taxpayers about individuals who are covered by minimum essential coverage and therefore are not liable for the individual shared responsibility payment. Form 1095-C contains important information about the healthcare coverage offered or provided to you by your employer. If filling by paper, forms are due no later than this date.
Due date: Feb. 28 — Berkeley Business Renewal: All Berkeley businesses are responsible for filing an annual business license renewal and renewal payments, which must be received or postmarked by February 28th. Businesses that do not meet this deadline will incur penalties. If you close your business you must complete and file a Closing Business Declaration within 90 days of closure and provide the Gross receipts attained through that year. If you sell your business, the new owner must file for a new Business License.
Due date: Feb. 28 — Payroll Expense Tax statement: if your total SF payroll exceeds $150,000, you are required to file annually and may be liable to pay prepayments during the year.
Due date: March 311095-B and 1095-C: Form 1095-B: is used to report certain information to the IRS and to taxpayers about individuals who are covered by minimum essential coverage and therefore are not liable for the individual shared responsibility payment. Form 1095-C contains important information about the healthcare coverage offered or provided to you by your employer. If filling electronically, forms are due no later than this date.
Due date: April 1 — Business personal Property and Vessel Property Statements due to the SF office of the Assessor-Recorder (SF only)
Due date: April 30 — Annual reporting form to the OLSE
Due date: April 30 — San Francisco Commuter Benefits Ordinance Annual Compliance Form: Businesses with locations in SF or 20+ employees nationwide have to offer commuter benefits to employees.
Due date: April 30 — San Francisco Health Care Security Ordinance Annual Reporting Forms: An employer is covered if it is a for profit business with 20+ employees. Or if it is a non-profit business with 50+ employees. The employer has to work in SF in both conditions.
Due date: May 7 — Last day to file Business Property Statement (Form 571-L): without Penalty: details the acquisition cost of all supplies, equipment, fixtures, and improvements owned at each location within the City and County of SF.
Due date: May 31 — Annual Business Registration Renewal fees due to the SF office of the Treasurer and Tax Collector
Due date: July 1 — Updated waste water capacity charge rates: announced by the SF Public Utilities Commission
Due date: July 1 — First day of SF Business Registration fiscal year period
Due date: July 1 — OSHA: Establishments with 250 or more employees in industries covered by the recordkeeping regulation must submit information from their 2016 Form 300A. Businesses with 20-249 employees AND in a high-risk industry must electronically submit 2016 information from Form 300A-Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses
Due date: July 1 — Form 550: due for calendar year defined contribution and benefit plans
Due date: July 1 — Form 5500: due for non-calendar year plans
Due date: Aug. 31 — SF Last Day to pay business personal property taxes before penalties are added
Due date: Sept. 30 — EE01: Employer will be required to report compensation data as well as the hours. Additionally, now private employers with 100 or more employees will be required to report employees’ W-2 compensation information and hours worked.
Due date: Sept. 30 — VETS-100: Covered categories include: special disabled veterans, Vietnam era veterans, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans.
Due date: Sept. 30 — VETS-100A: Covered categories include: disabled veterans, other protected veterans, recently separated veterans, and Armed Forces Service Medal veterans.
Many of the accidents that happen in child care programs happen on the playground. Of these, many of the most serious can be related to lack of proper supervision. Child care regulations issued by the states are generally silent on outdoor playground supervision. Indeed, the general rule appears to be no rule at all, or implicitly to allow less supervision on the playground than indoors. But the opposite should be true.
The Hechinger Report
Little Sunshine Preschool looks orderly: Its hallway is lined with cheery murals in primary colors, and construction-paper snowflakes adorn classroom doors. In a nod to the cultural heritage of its surrounding neighborhood, two displays feature Chinese-themed art, including pretty sprays of cherry blossoms and red and gold lanterns. Yet not a single teacher in this private preschool in Bensonhurst has a master's degree and nearly half do not return each year. Owner Bryan Wong says attracting qualified new teachers is quickly becoming one of his biggest headaches.
American Enterprise Institute
The poor life prospects for children born into disadvantage in America are increasingly recognized as an urgent national concern. More than a third of children born into the bottom fifth of the income distribution remain there as adults, while just 41 percent make it into the middle quintile or above. For children in single-parent homes, opportunity is especially lacking: 50 percent of children in the bottom quintile raised by never-married mothers remain there as adults, compared to just 17 percent of children raised by continuously married parents.1 The circumstances that an American child is born into determine too much about his chances to succeed in life.
Head Start, the venerable 52-year-old federal preschool program for children from low-income families, could be serve a role in improving the early-education workforce as a whole, says a new report from Bellwether Education Partners, a Washington-based consulting firm. In The Best Teachers for our Littlest Learners: Lessons from Head Start's Last Decade, authors Marnie Kaplan and Sara Mead note that Head Start has led the way in requiring its teachers to have bachelor's degrees; currently 74 percent of Head Start teachers have a bachelor's degree or beyond in early childhood or a related field.
Latino students in kindergarten trail their white peers in math by approximately three months' worth of learning, a new study by Child Trends Hispanic Institute has found. Researchers drew a nationally representative sample of students from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2010-2011 who were followed through the end of their fifth-grade year. Sixty-two percent of the 2,199 Latino students studied had at least one foreign-born parent, and 45 percent spoke only Spanish or predominantly Spanish at home. Nearly half lived in poverty.
U.S. News & World Report
"One of these things is not like the others. Which one is different, do you know?" Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Norway, Belgium, France, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, South Korea, Spain, the United Kingdom or the United States. If you guessed the United States, you’d be right. Of the countries listed above, the United States is the only one that does not provide a legal right to early childhood education for at least some children between the ages of birth and age five. Early childhood advocates, and American parents returning to the U.S. from overseas, have long bemoaned the contrasts between generous parental leave and child care supports offered in many other developed countries and the lack of similar supports in the United States.
University of Missouri-Columbia via Science Daily
Researchers have found that teacher ratings of parental involvement early in a child's academic career can accurately predict the child's academic and social success.
March 1 at 2 p.m. ET — Four Leadership Strategies for Enhancing Program Quality
March 2 at 2 p.m. ET — Collaboration for ECE Program Success: How community collaboration can help your program grow
March 3 at 2 p.m. ET — Reach more clients through Early Childhood Consulting Directory
March 8 at 2 p.m. ET — Keys to Growth in Consulting for the ECE Sector
Webinar with Jody Martin
What: NEW webinar sponsored by Gryphon House called "Preschool Health and Safety Matters: Best Practices for Protecting and Supporting Young Learners"
Who: Presented by Jody Martin, Vice President of Education and Training for Crème de la Crème, author of Preschool Health and Safety Matters, and co-author of Rethinking the Classroom Landscape: Creating Environments that Connect Young Children, Families, and Communities.
When: Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST
Where: Click here to register.
Why is this webinar important?
One of the most important responsibilities early childhood educators have is to protect and promote the health and safety of young children. This includes preventing harm to children from known safety risks as well as promoting children's medical, nutrition, oral, and mental health.
Basic practices for children and adults involve three essential components:
In this webinar, Jody Martin will share ideas for you to educate not only children, but also their families on many health and safety related topics.
Cost: FREE! (plus CE certificates are available)
Webinar with Dr. Blythe Hinitz
What: NEW webinar sponsored by Kaplan Early Learning Company called "Let's Work It Out: Stopping Bullying Before It Starts"
Who: Presented by Dr. Blythe Hinitz, Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education at The College of New Jersey and co-author of The Anti-Bullying And Teasing Book For Preschool Classrooms.
When: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT
Where: Click here to register.
Why is this webinar important?
Every classroom presents challenging behavior situations. Join us for this live, interactive session to discover strategies and activities that will provide a foundation for educator action in the classroom, in related activities outside the classroom, as well as in cyberspace. Dr. Blythe Hinitz will share ways we can work towards the creation of the peaceful classroom, fostering a classroom climate of respect and collaboration between adults and children.
Attendees will learn:
Cost: FREE! (plus CE certificates are available)
- How the foundations are formed in peace education, gender-free (nonsexist) education, and addressing challenging behaviors
- How to define harassment, intimidation, bullying, and teasing [HIBT] in your own context
- What the research says about the origins of "mean behaviors" in early childhood
- How we can connect research and practice
- Useful examples of the way these programs work in real classrooms
- How to involve parents, children's "significant others," and the community in collaborative work to stop bullying before it starts
- Which resources can help us
It's Time Again to File Forms 1094-C and 1095-C
Watch On Demand
ThinkHR's senior benefits advisor Bethany Lopusnak returns with insights and guidance into getting ready to complete the 2016 "C Forms" (1094-C and 1095-C) that must be filed in early 2017 by applicable large employers (ALEs) documenting benefits coverage offers extended during 2016. Bethany provides a refresher of the rules, covers the new items, and answers the most common questions employers have about Forms 1094-C and 1095-C.
Your professional development begins here! Each summer SPARK conducts 2 day "Institutes" for each program in beautiful San Diego that are similar to the SPARK Premium Program — yet offer an even richer, in-depth training experience.
We only offer Institutes once a year, and attendance is limited to 40 (on a first registered basis), so make sure to register soon! Registration is now open for the 2017 SPARK Institutes.
The SPARK Institute early registration deadline is April 21.
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