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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 January 31, 2017. 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.
The legislature is set to reconvene to begin work on framing the legislative and budgetary priorities for the upcoming 2017-2018 session. Click here to see the upcoming calendar.
It is important that we as a field, are united and strong in our "asks". To that end, below are two considerations that we hope to see in all advocacy platforms that are put forth:
- All provider types and programs must be lifted together; not one part of the child care and early learning system at the expense of another.
- The mixed delivery system of public and private child care and early learning programs are jointly funded to ensure that absolutely all slots are filled and not one dollar is sent back to Sacramento at the end of the fiscal year.
Trump's plan intended to reduce high cost of child care through tax breaks
x deductions and rebates are at the heart of President-elect Donald Trump's child care policy proposal, which would offer the most help to high-income families, some help to middle-income taxpayers and less to low-income parents.
In recent weeks, most attention has been focused on K-12 education following the appointment of Betsy DeVos as Trump's secretary of education. But since his upset victory on Nov. 8, the president-elect's detailed plan on child care is getting additional scrutiny, especially in light of widespread recognition of the importance of early education to later academic success.
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Child care funding is important to help parents obtain and retain a job. If we heard one thing from this election, it’s that working families want to be heard – that Congress needs to support the needs of working families and make working families a priority.
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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 November 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.
In support of our field, we want to know what your organizational priorities are. Does your organization have an approved set of public policy or budget priorities? Please share with us.
Also, we all know that the increase in the minimum wage will have ripple effects to all parts of the child care and early learning systems. If you can share with us the impact the minimum wage increase will have on you as a provider, a centers, or to your parents, let us know. Please share with us.
If there is information that you would like collected from the field, let us know.
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Take the 5 Action Steps below and be sure to share your stories so we can track progress and highlight your efforts!
The election is now behind us, and there are many takeaways from this historic political process that we can use to craft our strategy moving forward. I hope you have had a chance to review the special ECEC Election & Federal Policy Update we sent out yesterday — forwarded again at the end of this message for your convenience.
Immediately following the election, I represented ECEC in a convening with many of our national advocacy partners in Washington, DC and together we resolved to move forward in a bipartisan and unified way to protect and grow investments in high-quality child care and build upon the early learning proposals that have been put forward by our newly elected leaders wherever possible.
Some key things to keep in mind as we work together to ensure that early care and education is a top priority in the next Administration, Congress and in your state legislatures:
5 ACTION STEPS TO TAKE NOW!
- High-quality early care and education is perfectly positioned to continue to garner bipartisan support.
- Support for increased federal and state investment in early care and education is consistently high across the political, geographic, and demographic lines that have divided American voters and policymakers.
- Accessible, affordable high-quality child care is a core strategy for restoring the American dream for hard working families.
- Now, more than ever, ECEC will be a respected voice and leader for early care and education.
- As the collective business voice for our field, we have a real opportunity to demonstrate how high-quality child care empowers our current workforce, fuels economic growth in the short-term, and produces proven benefits for individuals and society in reduced healthcare costs, increased school achievement and a more educated and productive workforce.
- We can do this.
- We know that everyone can support high-quality child care and early learning - because they have. We look forward to working with our President-Elect, members of Congress, and state leaders to create solutions that give all parents the tools they need to go to work, stay on the job, and raise healthy, productive children.
- Call and congratulate your elected officials. Schedule meetings with each of your representatives (new and old) before the end of the year.
Write a note to non-elected candidates. Send a note to candidates who did not win elections and thank them for being willing to serve their community — running for office is hard! While a candidate may not have won this time, he or she may run again in the future. Furthermore, as a community leader, the candidate should continue to be cultivated as an early childhood champion.
Make sure your materials are up to date so that you have handouts for the meeting. Check out fact sheets on your ECEC online action center page that you may be able to use in your meeting to supplement any brochures your program may have.
Contact your members of Congress and request an increase in funding for child care as part of any continuing resolution extension or funding bill for FY2017. [An online link will be coming soon to make this easy for you to contact Congress).
Organize within your state to ensure that child care programs have a united front. Develop a state policy agenda with your state's key advocacy allies. (ECEC can help you on this effort, however, it is important to begin thinking now about a united front for January state legislative sessions).
- Use these meetings to get a sense of where members stand (what are THEIR priorities?) and provide an initial opportunity for educating them.
- Position yourself and your organization as a resource to the policymaker.
- Use the attached talking points to craft your own customized messages.
Early Education and Support Division
The California Code of Regulations, Title 5 (5 CCR), Chapters 19 and 19.5 will be current and aligned with California laws enacted over the past several years as well as the federal Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Program Final Rule published September 30, 2016.
This will be achieved by amending, adding, or deleting appropriate child care and development sections of 5 CCR, following the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) rule making process, which includes public comment periods.
The 5 CCR sections which will be updated will be determined based on the need to comply with California laws and federal laws and regulations. Early education contractors, stakeholders, and appropriate state agencies will be invited to submit suggestions of 5 CCR sections needing to be updated.
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!
"We have parents that volunteers for special events (ie. field trip, graduation, special parties, carnivals, etc) in our programs. With the new immunization requirements, will this apply to the parents?"
The Program recently released the official guidance for the new law that was created by SB 792, Please see the link to the Implementation Plan (see page 5).
Here are the excerpts from that IP relevant to your question.
Licensing Program Analysts will review personnel records to ensure that all employees and volunteers at a child care center or family child care home have been immunized against pertussis, measles and influenza, unless they qualify for an exemption. LPAs will additionally review records to ensure compliance with the tuberculosis clearance requirement as modified.
For purposes of this immunization requirement, a volunteer is defined as any nonemployee who provides care and supervision to children in care (Health and Safety Code sections 1596.7995 (e) and 1597.622 (d)). Within a child care center, "care and supervision" is defined in Title 22, California Code of Regulations, section 101152 (c) (3), which includes the provision of basic services necessary to obtain and maintain a child care center license. Within a family child care home, the Department shall address whether a volunteer is engaged in care and supervision on a case-by-case basis.
Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing
Click here for Summaries and Implementation Plans.
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
This agenda item presents information on the work of the
Commission's Child Development Permit Advisory Panel to review the Child Development Permit Matrix pursuant to the directive to do this work included in the Budget Act of 2015.
Many of the changes will require California to amend Education Code and update regulations. CDE will advocate for changes with the Legislature, but dos not have the authority to change Education Code.
Afterschool programs are increasingly recognized as crucial
components of the larger learning ecosystem for science,
technology, engineering and math. Evidence shows
that afterschool programs that provide high-quality STEM
learning experiences are making an impact on participating
youth. Participants not only become interested and engaged
in STEM, but develop tangible STEM skills and proficiencies, come to value these fields and their contributions to society, and begin to see themselves as potential contributors to the STEM enterprise.
Preschoolers with good self-control have a better chance of growing up to become healthy, wealthy and crime-free. Here are 8 simple ways teachers can improve children's self-control — and make classrooms more harmonious.
Medical News Today
Child care personnel properly clean their hands less than a quarter of the times they are supposed to, according to a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control, the official journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. A new study from the University of Arkansas used video cameras to record handwashing habits and compliance among child care workers at an early childhood center in northwest Arkansas. The researchers found that personnel and parents at the facility on average followed proper handwashing procedures only 22 percent of the time before and/or after tasks such as wiping noses, emptying garbage cans, preparing food, changing diapers or using their cell phones.
U.S. Department of Education
U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. announced that 18 states will receive more than $247.4 million in awards under the Preschool Development Grant program to continue their work in expanding access to high-quality preschool for children from low- to moderate-income families.
Professional teachers and staff recognize the importance of organization in planning daily activities and curriculum development. Curriculum is the manner in which a teacher accomplishes goals and objectives. In doing so, a relevant program meets the child's needs based on their abilities — for the present, as well as the future.
It's common to hear people say, "I'm a visual learner," but research doesn't support the idea that learning styles like visual or auditory learning are inherent traits. That doesn't mean learners don't have preferences, but only one flawed study found that people actually learned better when information was presented in their preferred style. Instead, it seems that most people learn the best when information is presented in multiple ways, especially when one of them is visual.
Opportunities to narrow the achievement gap between looked after children (children in care) and their peers are being missed because too many of them do not receive good quality early education places, says research funded by the Nuffield Foundation. A new report, "Starting out right: early education and looked after children," by researchers from the University of Oxford and the Family and Childcare Trust warns that children in care are falling well behind children in the general population before they even get to primary school and this gap widens throughout their schooling and beyond.
Making child care more affordable for working families was one of a handful of education policy positions that President-elect Donald Trump tackled with some specificity on the campaign trail, promising to offer "much-needed relief" through a combination of tax deductions and credits. But the incoming administration's views on a number of other early-childhood initiatives championed by the Obama White House — including federal support of state-run preschool programs, home visiting, and Head Start — are as yet unknown. The early-childhood-advocacy community is still grappling with what a Trump administration will mean for those policies and many others.
Early childhood is important parts of a child's development process. The methods and attention of parents to their kids greatly impacts child personality build up. Preschool plays a vital role in this entire learning process. It prepares them for their life's learning journey. Basic skills are best taught through an educational program; parents alone cannot play this role. Children are exposed to letters, numbers and phonics at preschool. Kids tend to learn exceptionally at a preschool under professional supervision.
Indianapolis Business Journal
Gov. Mike Pence's picture hangs in the hallway at DayStar Childcare and Infant Learning Center at East Washington and Rural streets, where the governor signed into law Indiana's preschool scholarship pilot program in March 2014. It was a proud moment for DayStar Director Lisa Bowling, who said she sees the profound academic impact of the On My Way Pre-K program on the needy children who benefit — and the transformations in their families as parents go back to work and school knowing their children are cared for during the day.
Brian Smith, a contributor for Scholastic Inc., writes: "Kids are resilient. I've continually heard that since I started teaching and I've seen that it’s true for a lot of kids. Unfortunately, we all get kids in our rooms that have already learned the words, 'I can't,' or 'It's just too hard for me.' As educators, when we hear those words it can break our hearts. Still, we must move beyond our emotions and teach that child to have confidence in their abilities or they will struggle to learn any of the academics that we are trying to teach them."
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The amount of time you are able to spend with your students is decreasing, while the number of students you work with at one time is increasing! Your goal is for your students to be moving and learning efficiently, instead of wasting valuable time standing in lines.
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Presenter: Sandy Spin Slade, President and Founder of Skillastics
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- Solve the issue of students standing in lines
- Learn how to integrate physical activity with academic and nutritional concepts with maximum participation
- Eliminate the distractions that occur in teaching sport skill development
- Learn to promote Physical Education to large groups outside the gym environment (Family Fitness Events)
- Learn about Skillastics, and innovative twist on traditional circuit training
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Monday, Dec. 12 at 3 p.m. EST
Do you have challenging behaviors in the classroom? Join Early Childhood Consultant, Nancy Bruski, for an engaging and interactive discussion on how to address challenging behaviors from the perspective of fairness and empathy.
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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