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PACE invites you to submit a presenter application for the PACE Annual Education Conference on Oct. 20-22 at the Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove Hotel.
PACE 2017 Annual Education Conference at the Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove Hotel
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This week, California Assembly and Senate floor sessions will convene on Monday and Thursday.
Child care, early learning and related issues main budget hearing days are as follows:
Click here to read all related budget hearings and budget related information.
Upcoming recess: April 6 (upon adjournment) — April 16.
Click here to see all of the legislation that has been identified to be of interest to our field. You can find fact sheets and sample letter templates when available. On this page, CAPPA also will be noting legislative hearings 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
Trump's Budget Cuts Underscore Danger of Block- Granting Social Programs
President Trump's "skinny" budget would eliminate four discretionary block grants that mainly serve low-income people, and set the stage for substantial cuts to others. As a result, it would reduce overall funding for block grants for low- and moderate-income people that are "discretionary" (or annually appropriated) programs by half or more just between 2017 and 2018.
WIC Works: Addressing the Nutrition and Health Needs of Low-Income Families for 40 Years
Extensive research has found the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) to be a cost-effective investment that improves the nutrition and health of low-income families — leading to healthier infants, more nutritious diets and better health care for children, and subsequently to higher academic achievement for students.
Click here to read the full report.
Bending, stooping, twisting, reaching, lifting, and carrying are all activities that increase the risk of a back injury. Do any of these activities sound familiar? The fact is that childcare workers are just as likely to suffer work-related back injuries as workers in other industries. Throughout the day, you and your co-workers are regularly picking up toys and other objects off the floor, reaching for objects from cupboards and bookcases;
and of course, lifting and carrying children. Every one of
these tasks poses a significant risk of back injury, but
that risk can be minimized or eliminated through awareness
and safe behaviors.
High-quality child care is crucial for our children to be safe, healthy, and happy, for parents to work and support their families, and for our country's economic success. The federal government, with strong bipartisan support, has long played an important role in making child care more affordable and available to families. But today, many families are still struggling to afford high-quality care for their children.
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.
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.
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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
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: 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.
When the Trump administration released its budget blueprint, it noted that early care and education ranked among its "highest priorities." But the federal preschool program Head Start was a notable omission in the few pages devoted to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees Head Start. A complete budget proposal is due from the administration in May. And Congress, which controls the federal purse strings, often follows its own priorities—even if they differ from those laid out by a presidential administration.
The California Legislature has made providing full-day preschool and kindergarten a priority for California children. Yet large numbers of low-income 3- and 4-year-olds still attend part-day, state-subsidized preschool, according to a new EdSource report. Similarly, large numbers of children attend half-day kindergarten, despite significant progress toward full-day kindergarten over the past decade. Children who attend high-quality, full-day preschool and kindergarten programs show improved academic outcomes, and make larger developmental and social-emotional gains than children who attend part-day programs, at least in the short term, according to education research. Yet California's current funding system encourages part-day, rather than full-day, programs.
The Brookings Institution
Support for young children and families is on the national and global agenda. On Oct. 5, 2016, Dr. Margaret Chan of the United Nations World Health Organization noted, "Investing in young children is a moral, economic, and social imperative." This statement ushered in the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals in early education. In his address to the Joint Session of Congress, President Trump echoed this imperative. And in the U.S., interest in early childhood is one area that enjoys bipartisan support.
By: Judith Villarreal (commentary)
From after-school sports to your child's daycare playground, artificial grass has quickly become the preferred material surface for schools, sports fields and recreational parks because it is low-maintenance and cost-efficient. While there may be huge monetary savings to be found in using artificial turf over real grass, one major component used to create the fields and playgrounds has some worried about the health hazards for children who spend a great deal of time on the playing surface.
Integrate! Motivate! Authenticate! Sometimes it seems as if mandates to improve our early childhood curriculum are hurled at us from all directions like pedagogical Frisbees. What's a teacher to do? Adopt the project approach? Go Reggio? Climb onto High Scope? Switch to Waldorf? Modify Montessori? Forget curriculum? The answer may not be so drastic. Increasingly teachers in a broad spectrum of programs have decided that they can integrate their curriculum, motivate their children and provide authentic experiences by teaching with themes.
For nearly 25 years, Nathalie Gaston has traveled an hour each morning, from her home in Maynard to Jamaica Plain, where she is the lead preschool teacher at the Nurtury, a childcare center for low-income families. Gaston lives so far from work because it's more affordable — and she says the long trip is worth it. The best part of her day is hearing her 2- and 3-year-old students giggle, and catching the first glimpse of their faces each morning.
After proposing a $9.2 billion cut to the Education Department's budget for next year, the President Donald Trump is now calling on Congress to slash nearly $3 billion in education funding for the remaining five months of this fiscal year, according to a document obtained by POLITICO. The White House on Friday sent House and Senate appropriators detailed instructions on how they should craft spending legislation to fund the federal government beyond April 28, when the current stopgap spending bill expires.
April 5 at 2 p.m. ET — Explicit and Implicit Biases in Early Childhood Education: Becoming Aware of Microaggressions
April 6 at 2 p.m. ET — Create and Deliver Presentations That Make Enduring Impressions and Create Lasting Change
Tim Waxenfelter and Brian Washburn
April 11 at 2 p.m. ET — Reach More Clients Through Early Childhood Investigations Consultants Directory
April 19 at 2 p.m. ET — Trauma-Informed Early Education Classroom Design: Designing Child and Family-Friendly Spaces for Recovery from Trauma
Attachment in the Classroom: How Trusting Early Experiences Shape Brain Development
Dr. Jon Baylin
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.
Select a program below to learn more & register:
We hope see you in San Diego this summer!
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