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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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Child Care Program
The Spring 2017 Quarterly Update for the Child Care Program is currently posted up on our website. Please feel free to forward this information to anyone you feel would be interested. To be added to our update list, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
California Department of Education
The CDE/EESD announces the availability of $22.4 million in the Child Care Facilities Revolving Fund for the California Renovation and Repair Loan Program. The intent of the CRRL Program is to provide loans for the renovation or repair of existing facilities in order to help ensure eligible CDE contractors meet applicable health and safety standards for federal and state licensure compliance.
This week, The California Assembly and Senate are on recess. They will be returning on April 17, 2017.
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.
- Thursday, April 20 — SEN Budget Sub 3 — CalWORKs
- Tuesday, April 25, 2017 @ 9:00 — ASM Budget Sub 2 on Education: After School Programs
On April 4, 2017 the ASM Budget Sub 2 on Education convened a hearing covering Early Childhood Education. By a vote of 5-1, the sub-committee passed a motion to reject the Governor's proposed funding pause.
Click here to see the action taken.
On April 6, 2017 the SEN Budget Subcommittees 1 (human services) and 3 (education) convened a joint hearing on Child Care and Early Education. No formal action was taken, however there was clear bi-partisan expression that the governor's proposal pause should be rejected.
**Both the Legislative Women's Caucus and the Legislative Latino Caucus have committed child care as a priority.
Click here to read Legislative Women's Caucus Press Release
Click here to read Legislative Women's Caucus Priority Letter to the Governor.
Click here to read Legislative Latino Caucus Press Release, where AB 60 was named as 2017 priority legislation.
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 160 (Stone) — This bill would restore CalWORKS eligibility from 48 months to 60.
- 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 603 (Quirk-Silva) — This bill would require alternative payment programs to: develop an electronic
timesheet process for the monthly attendance record or invoices, offer the electronic time sheet process to child care providers, offer to reimburse the child care provider via a direct deposit transfer into the child care provider's financial institution account.
- 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. This bill would establish the Child Care Bridge Program for Foster Children (bridge program). The bill would authorize county welfare departments to administer the bridge program and distribute vouchers to children between birth and 4 years of age, placed with an approved resource family or the child of a young parent involved in the child welfare system.
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.
Supporting Young Children in Immigrant Families
Join us for a webinar discussing recent executive orders and their implications for young children in immigrant families. The webinar will provide an overview of current early childhood policies and eligibility rules as well as recent immigration enforcement policy changes that directly impact children living in mixed-status immigrant families. Speakers will also share strategies and new resources to help child care and early education providers support children and families at risk of immigration enforcement, including how to keep their programs safe from enforcement actions and help families cope and prepare for possible deportation.
When: Wednesday April 19, 2017 2-3 p.m.
Click here to register!
CCDBG: A Critical Support for Working Families
March 2017| Christine Johnson-Staub and Hannah Matthews
The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), also known as the Child Care and Development Fund or CCDF, is the sole federal funding source that provides direct child care assistance to help low-income families afford child care and improves the quality of child care and early education services for all who use them. CCDBG is critical for the 1.4 million children whose parents can go to work or to school thanks to its direct assistance-as well as millions more who benefit by extension from state efforts to improve the health, safety, and quality of child care.
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.
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.
Center for American Progress
Access to affordable, high-quality child care is essential for children and families. On average, 65 percent of children in the United States have all available parents in the workforce, making child care a necessity for parents to maintain employment. In fact, it can cost families hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost wages, wage growth, and retirement assets to leave the workforce to care for their children.
The New York Times
In Washington, D.C., teachers at child care centers will soon join preschool teachers in needing college degrees — one of a series of policies nationwide requiring higher education for the people who take care of young children. Advocates say it's a way to ensure that teachers are qualified to nurture children at a crucial phase of development. They cite evidence that high-quality early childhood education helps children, especially disadvantaged ones, for the rest of their lives — but that low-quality preschool can hurt more than none at all.
Young children who receive a high-quality education — starting at six weeks old through age five — are more likely to be employed full-time and have stronger relationships with their parents as adults, according to a new study by researchers at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute. The researchers are presenting their findings at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development in Austin, Texas.
Chalkbeat New York
The launch of Pre-K for All led to improved health outcomes for low-income children. That's according to researchers at New York University who analyzed Medicaid data for New York City children who were eligible to enroll in free pre-K versus those who just missed the cutoff because of their age. In a report by the National Bureau of Economic Research, using data from 2013 through 2016, researchers found that the children eligible for pre-K were more likely than their peers to be diagnosed with asthma or vision problems after the rollout of Pre-K for All. They were also more likely to have received immunizations or be screened for infectious diseases, both of which are requirements for enrolling in the city's program.
It's no wonder the games used during "circle time" often become a special and favorite part of our preschoolers' day. Children love to suggest favorite games and take turns being the leader. The familiar routine and comforting aspects of circle time lend themselves to terrific opportunities for movement, quality social interactions and enthusiastic learning. Circle time is also a wonderful way to transition children from one part of the day to another, including the "wait time" at the end of the day when children are passing time until their parents arrive to collect them.
All pre-K education isn’t equal, as the Early Learning Coalition of Duval County has documented. A new study on Head Start shows it produces widely different outcomes. The study by the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University found big disparities across the nation. Some states barely use it — just 7 percent of low-income preschoolers are enrolled in Nevada. The report in The Washington Post notes that Head Start has never been funded adequately, which forces providers to make tough decisions about access and quality.
John S. Thomas, a contributor for Edutopia, writes: "A decade ago, I watched college students break out for small group work on hallway benches, on the floor in the corner, and standing at tables. I noticed that kindergartners could learn while standing, kneeling, huddling under a table, and even sitting in a wooden cubby. I saw my principal take a reading group to the office, where students loved to cram themselves beside the copier, between UPS boxes, and under a table. All this got me thinking: Why do we work at desks? Why stop students from wiggling? Could we purposefully educate students to recognize the locations they work best in?"
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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