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Thank You for All You Do in Advancing the Quality
Of Early Education for California's Children!
Wishing You a Safe and Happy Holiday Season, on Behalf of The
Professional Association of Childhood Educators.
As a PACE partner, Brandman University is excited to announce a potentially wonderful opportunity to offer to all staff at any California preschool/child development centers. There have been several inquiries during the past year asking if Brandman University would offer and infant and toddler course as a "stand-alone online course." Brandman University is willing to offer the infant and toddler course as a "stand-alone online course" at the astonishing price of $525, through Brandman's Extended Education department! Brandman University would need a minimum of 25 staff members (from any center) to be able to run this course at the special rate of $525. The course, currently, costs $1350 with your scholarship as a PACE member, so this would be a total savings of $825!!! Plus, there would be no admission application if we offered this course as a stand-alone, online.
Please take a few moments to complete the survey and let us know if you and/or your staff would be interested (or not) in taking this online course.
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.
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.
Last week, the legislative session reconvened and both Assembly and Senate were hard at work introducing numerous bills. Last week, the Assembly introduced 74 Assembly bills and the Senate introduced 72 Senate Bills. Click here to see all of the legislation that has been identified to be of interest to our field. Also, to track and/or review legislation or to create your own tracking list, 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.
The Senate and the Assembly have adjourned until Jan. 4.
Although many bills will be introduced that will be of an interest to our field, the following bill thus far has been identified as a high priority:
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:
- AB 60 (Santiago & Gonzalez) — Subsidized child care and development services: eligibility periods. This bill would establish an initial eligibility and redetermination periods of not less than 12 months. Additionally, this bill will establish ongoing income eligibility to mean that a family's adjusted monthly income is at or below 85 percent of the state median income, based on the most recent data on state median income published by the United States Census Bureau, for a family of the same size.
- 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.
Evaluating the Impact of Expensive Child Care on Families, Businesses, and the Economy
California — Cost of Child Care
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% 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 more.
Short-Term Continuing Resolution to Maintain Government Operations Released
Washington, Dec. 8, 2016 — House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers today praised passage of a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) (H.R. 2028) to prevent a government shutdown and continue funding for federal programs and services until April 28. The legislation also contains additional funding for war efforts and disaster relief.
Click here to read the full text of the CR.
Click here to read the full report.
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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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 Sept. 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!
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.
Click here to view California's local minimum wage.
Children's Defense Fund
The last few weeks have been a very difficult time for so many of us and we may want to give up the struggle to ensure every child an equal chance to live and learn and grow up safely in our boastfully rich and militarily powerful but spiritually anemic nation that lets children be our poorest group of Americans. At one of my very discouraging times, I heard my beloved late spiritual director Gordon Cosby of the Church of the Saviour in Washington, D.C. read this "Request for Transfer" by an unknown author which I return to at very tough times. In this period of political turbulence and division I wanted to share it to spur us forward to save our children with all our hearts and minds and strength.
Around the holiday season, a lot of employers want to celebrate in some form and fashion with their employees. Most employers don't realize their potential liability. Potential liability is almost always there, but some simple recommendations can go along with in limiting their liability.
As highlighted by recent reports, today's system of care and education for our youngest learners is both fragmented and inadequate. Too often, early learning opportunities are undermined by developmentally inappropriate academic expectations that create anxiety, misaligned teaching and learning practices that create confusion and myopic policies that create competition rather than collaboration. Happily, a consensus is growing for repairing this fragmentation and building sturdy bridges from early childhood education to primary school.
Here's how you can help kids — your students and your own children — build skills that are critical for regulating their emotions and behavior.
Young children are natural scientists eager to discover all they can about the world around them. Technology, too, can expand students' interest in STEM, as well as their ability to acquire information and solve problems — even in pre-K classrooms. In Waco Independent School District, our prekindergarten program provides a learning environment that affords each child opportunities to use their natural curiosity to make sense of their world. Over the last two years, we've dramatically increased students' time on task in STEM, while helping them get a jump-start on learning key concepts and skills.
The Hechinger Report
What would it take to make sure more of Louisiana's youngest children are learning? In a state in which 43 percent of kids of kindergarten age are not ready to begin school, most of those involved in early education don't deny there's a problem, and many agree there is a way to fix it. The solution will come, experts say, from a recent effort to connect the hodgepodge of daycare centers, Head Start programs, private preschools and public school pre-K programs into one unified system.
Shari Carter, a contributor for Scholastic Inc., writes: "I absolutely love December! Yes, the kids get a little bit crazy this time of year, and all they seem to be able to think about is snow falling outside and the upcoming holidays. So, in my mind, this is the perfect time to dive into all things gingerbread. It is such a fun and whimsical theme — one that teachers love to teach, and students love to learn from. The weeks before winter break can become long, so take a little extra time to plan some exciting activities to ensure you and your students are having fun learning this month."
Student parent. Ever heard that term? It's used for a student who is also a parent, and there are nearly 5 million of them in colleges around the country. That's over a quarter of the undergraduate population, and that number has gone up by around a million since 2011. It can be really, really expensive to be a student parent, especially if you need to pay for child care while you're in class.
Tax 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.
At first, the playground at Officer Willie Wilkins Park looks pretty standard. There's a slide to skid down, ramps to climb up, bridges to cross, and nooks to investigate. But there's also something relatively unusual: words, and lots of them. Mixed in among the bright primary colors of the structure are white panels plastered with whimsical illustrations and phrases like "let's talk about the sunshine" and "let's talk about food."
Join this free webinar this Thursday to find out the latest on Local Control Funding Formula policy developments and ways in which local groups can use these opportunities to advocate for greater equity in local schools.
Children Now presenters will review the new LCAP template and the LCFF evaluation rubric. In addition, the webinar will cover opportunities in federal policy for local organizing efforts, and possible changes under the Trump administration.
Get new LCFF Budget materials now:
LCFF Budget Talking Points
LCFF Budget Overview
Sample Letter to School District
Opportunities to Advocate for Equity
in Your Local Schools
Thursday, Dec. 15, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
Children Now Presenters:
Jim Keddy, Vice President
Samantha Tran, Sr. Managing Director, Education
Rob Manwaring, Sr. Policy & Fiscal Advisor, Education
Jan. 4 at 2 p.m. ET — Yoga for the Youngest! Mindfulness and Movement for Shifting Culture and Practice
Jenna Augustine and
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!
Is Your Business Ready for the New Overtime Rule?
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Employers must be in compliance with the higher Department of Labor salary threshold standard for overtime exemption by December 1. Are you prepared? ThinkHR's compensation expert Renee Farrell provides additional insights into employer compliance with this rule as a followup to the webinar she conducted back in May.
Onboarding Tips to Start the Employment Relationship Right
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We believe in designing human resources programs that put the employee experience front-and-center to attract, engage, and retain the right people to move your business forward. Join the ThinkHR team for a webinar designed to spark your creative juices to design a more productive and meaningful employee onboarding experience with elements that are simple, fun, and tie in your company culture.
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