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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.
Upcoming child care, early education and related issues main budget hearing days are as follows:
Click here to read all related budget hearings and budget related information.
- Tuesday, May 2, 2017 @ 9:00 — ASM Budget Sub 2 on Education: Technology
- Wednesday, May 3, 2017 @ 2:30 — ASM Budget Sub 1 On Health And Human Services v CalWORKs
- Thursday May 11, 2017 @ 9:30 — SEN Budget Sub 1 pm Education — Department of Education
In roughly two weeks, the May Revise will be released. CAPPA will post updates as released in real time. Click here to go to the CAPPA Budget page.
Budget priorities are:
Both the Legislative Women's Caucus and the Legislative Latino Caucus have committed child care as a priority.
- Support funding for child care programs in this year's budget and holding the Administration to their promise of continued funding
- Increase all provider rates
- Increase the State Median Income (SMI)
- Allow contracting for 0-5 child care and early education to be delivered by California's mixed delivery system
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 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.
Child Care Tax Plan Misses the Mark for Americans that Suffer the Most
Following widespread criticism that its benefits were weighted toward the very wealthy, the Trump Administration appears to be pivoting from an earlier child care tax deduction proposal to one based on tax credits. This proposal is couched within a blueprint for tax reform that would give enormous tax cuts to wealthy Americans and corporations. But a modest step towards addressing child care affordability for some families cannot compensate for the Administration's overall tax and budget proposals that put low-income families at grave risk of economic insecurity and hardship.
How much do you know about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)?
Since its inception in the early 1960's, when it was known as the Food Stamp Program, SNAP has proven to be the singular most effective anti-ginger program in the county.
Late last night the House released a $1.070 trillion omnibus bill — made up of the 11 remaining appropriations bills — which will fund the government through Sept. 30. House Rules Committee is meeting on Tuesday at 3 p.m., possibly leading to the bill on the House floor as early as Wednesday.
The funding level meets the base discretionary spending caps provided by the Bipartisan Budget Act with $551 billion in base defense spending and $518.5 billion in base non-defense spending. The Labor-HHS portion of the Omnibus includes $161 billion in discretionary funding, which is a reduction of $934 million below the fiscal year 2016 enacted level and $2.86 billion below the previous Administration's budget request. With that said, early care and education funding fared well. The bill includes $2.9 billion for Child Care and Development Block Grants, which is $95 million more than the 2016 request enacted funding level. It also includes $9.3 billion for Head Start, which is $85 million more than the 2016 enacted funding level, and it includes a $5 million increase for Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships for a cost of living adjustment. The bill also includes $250 million for Preschool Development Grants, which is the same as the 2016 enacted funding level.
You can find the full bill and summaries of the different sections on the majority website by clicking here. For your convenience, below is a link to the Democratic Summary and the Labor-HHS Division of the bill.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Click here to read the full report.
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.
As a membership benefit you now also receive a 20 percent discount on Exchange's new Turn-Key Online Learning! Watch comprehensive video-based training and earn CEUs from your home computer.
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Click here to view California's local minimum wage.
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
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.
LA School Report
LA Unified’s new Expanded Transitional Kindergarten program, which is serving nearly 30,000 children younger than age 5, is already facing challenges that threaten it, and the district will assess it at the end of the school year. Dean Tagawa, the executive director of the Early Childhood Education Division, said that a $5 million hold on state funding, outdated eligibility requirements, and an increase in state fines are hurting the program now offered in 288 centers.
The Huffington Post
It's becoming something of a semi-annual event in Washington: the looming government shutdown. If Republicans can't agree on a funding number — and get enough Senate Democrats on board, too — the government will close Friday. Unlike during the last major shutdown, in 2013 under President Barack Obama, thousands of preschoolers aren't at risk this time of being kicked out of school.
Medical News Today
Family structure including regular bedtimes, mealtimes and limited screen time appear to be linked to better emotional health in preschoolers, and that might lower the chances of obesity later, a new study suggests. "This study provides more evidence that routines for preschool-aged children are associated with their healthy development and could reduce the likelihood that these children will be obese," said lead author Sarah Anderson of The Ohio State University. The study — the first to look at the connections between early childhood routines and self-regulation and their potential association with weight problems in the pre-teen years — appears in the International Journal of Obesity.
Overlaying the political tussle between Bill de Blasio and Andrew Cuomo over the proper amount of money to spend on pre-kindergarten education is a more abstract debate about the value of pre-K itself. No one thinks it's a bad thing, of course. But the question of how to measure the societal benefits is, and has been for a long time, debatable.
The city of Springfield, Massachusetts, has had a serendipitous sequence of events supercharge its preschool-expansion efforts. Federal money came in just as local support for early-childhood education crested, and the closure of an early-childhood center created an opening for the school district to buy an existing facility. The federal money, offered to Springfield and four other Massachusetts communities through the Preschool Expansion Grant program, enabled 195 new seats to go to 4-year-olds without prior experience in formal preschools.
U.S. News & World Report
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is embarking on an ambitious early childhood education plan to make full-day preschool free for all 3-year-olds regardless of family income by 2021. "This is going to be a game-changer," the Democratic mayor said while announcing the plan Monday at a school in the Bronx. The plan, dubbed 3-K for All, is intended to build on the city's ongoing efforts to provide prekindergarten education to all 4-year-olds through an initiative known as Pre-K for All, which the city says has more than tripled the number of 4-year-olds enrolled in pre-K education since it launched in 2014.
Medical News Today
A new study finds that the duration and timing of lunch and recess is related to food choices and physical activity of school children. These findings could help schools make policies that promote healthier school lunches and increased physical activity during recess.
Earlychildhood News (commentary)
Sandra Crosser, a contributor for Earlychildhood News, writes: "Driving down a clear stretch of highway and worried about being late for an appointment, I edged the speedometer up a bit, just a bit. Blocked from view by the pillions of the overpass, a vehicle suddenly appeared in the median strip. I tapped the brakes, holding the pedal down until just in line with the car, which was clearly marked 'Highway Patrol.' I could be in trouble. Please, not a ticket! I monitored traffic in my review mirror. No flashers. The patrolman must be having a good day, must be in a forgiving mood. I altered my speed, keeping it well within the legal limit for at least two miles, then, sensing that I had not been caught breaking the rules, I was soon back at it again. Shame on me. How childish."
There is an age-related decline in children's physical activity levels as they progress through primary school, according to a British Heart Foundation-funded study. Researchers at the University of Bristol found that children spent less time doing physical activity and spent more time sedentary from Year 1 (aged 5-6) to Year 4 (aged 8-9). Additionally, by the time they got to Year 4, around a third of boys and two thirds of girls aged eight to nine years old in the study were failing to meet Chief Medical Officer's recommended physical activity guidelines of an hour of physical activity per day.
Playgrounds designed with risk-taking in mind may mean more pushing and shoving during recess, but they also might make kids less likely to feel bullied, a small experiment in New Zealand suggests. For the study, researchers randomly selected eight elementary schools to get modified playgrounds with lots of loose and moving parts, chances to socialize and build things, and opportunities to play with bikes and skateboards. A control group of eight schools kept their traditional playgrounds.
May 3 at 2 p.m. ET — Professionalizing Early Childhood Education — Distinguishing and Engaging the Field in the Next Era
May 5 at 2 p.m. ET — Reach More Clients by Listing on Early Childhood Investigations Consultants Directory
May 11 at 2 p.m. ET — Building Enduring Consulting Relationships That Deliver Results
Amanda Schwartz, Ph.D.
Attachment in the Classroom: How Trusting Early Experiences Shape Brain Development
Dr. Jon Baylin
The Children's Movement
To renew CHIP funding before it expires in September 2017, the U.S. Congress must act soon. In California, federal CHIP funding is an extremely important source of Medi-Cal coverage for children and pregnant women. The California Children's Health Coverage Coalition is hosting a webinar on May 4 at 2 p.m. and will be releasing an advocacy playbook for California stakeholders to:
- Learn about the federal/state CHIP partnership, the critical role it plays for children and families, the upcoming funding cliff absent federal action on CHIP, and what is at stake for California; and
- Be empowered to participate in CHIP advocacy strategies, including tips on how to talk to decision-makers about renewal of CHIP funding.
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.
Select a program below to learn more & register:
We hope see you in San Diego this summer!
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