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April 8, 2024 | Issue #15

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California State Budget, Legislature & The Capitol


To help support you staying on top of the 2024-25 budget process and materials connected to the budget, TFC is hosting everything in one place on its Budget Page.

Upcoming Committee Hearings for this week below. All upcoming calendared budget hearings noted here:

  • Monday, April 8 - ASM Budget upon adjournment of session - State Capitol, Room 437 - Early Action
  • Wednesday, April 10 - SEN B&FR @ 9:00 am - 1021 O Street, Room 1200 - Budget Act of 2023 (AB 106 AB 144) 
  • Thursday, April 11 - SEN B&FR Sub 3 @ 9:30 - 1021 O Street, Room 1200 - CalWORKs
  • Monday, April 15 - ASM Budget Sub 1 @ 2:30 - State Capitol, Room 127

All of the above information can be found on TFC's Budget Page. Be sure to reach out to TFC staff with any questions.

Op-Ed by ASM Stephanie Nguyen

Hustling every day, working families are the backbone of society. These hardworking individuals are the driving force behind our economy, yet they often struggle to make ends meet. The COVID pandemic also affected the economy in many ways like where people work, shifting the type of work people do, and inflation.

As a result, many people are still entering or re-entering the job market in different roles. Programs like CalWORKS help working parents to successfully build their careers and ensure their children are taken care of. No one should have to choose between caring for a loved one and keeping their job. This not only provides much-needed security but also fosters a healthier work-life balance, ultimately benefiting both employees and employers.

Last year as a new legislator, one of the first bills I introduced was AB 372 aimed to allow more apprentices who are building their career, access to CalWORKS. It’s an honor to build upon that previous work with Thriving Families California (TFC) by making it easier for all families to keep their CalWORKS benefits. From my experience working in the community, I’ve encountered many families who benefit from this program.

This year with TFC, I was proud to introduce AB 1808 which establishes a consistent 24-month eligibility period for all income-eligible families within CalWORKS, aligning it with other subsidized child care programs. This bill will help eliminate inconsistencies, streamline processes, and reduce burdens on families accessing child care support. Reliable child care allows parents to pursue employment or education goals without worrying about the safety and well-being of their children.

This important piece of legislation will not only help parents and kids but will also help strengthen California’s workforce. By implementing policies that prioritize affordable childcare and families, we can create a more equitable and prosperous society for generations to come. It’s time to put working families first!


AB 1808 was unanimously passed by the ASM Human Services Committee and referred to the ASM Appropriations Committee. If you would like to add onto a coalition support letter (as submitted on 3/26/2024), please email logo. To send your own letter, click here. All logos submitted after 3/26/2024 will be added prior to the next scheduled heaing.

AB 1808 (Nguyen) Childcare and development services: eligibility.

Author: Assemblymember Stephanie Nguyen

Assemblymember Nguyen served as the Executive Director of Asian Resources, Inc. (ARI) to ensure that all communities, especially the low-income, immigrant, refugee, limited English-speaking youth, formerly incarcerated and undocumented, have access to support and services to help them get one step closer to self-sufficiency. She was elected to the Elk Grove City Council in 2017 and is the first Asian American woman in this role.

Stephanie Nguyen has lived, worked, and served the Sacramento and Elk Grove communities almost all her life. The daughter of Vietnamese Refugees who fled the Vietnam War by boat, she grew up in Sacramento’s Little Saigon district and attended Sacramento schools before graduating from Sacramento State University.

Click here to view the bill.


As bills move through California’s legislative process, they are presented to and heard by several committees who may recommend amendments and vote on whether or not the bill should continue through the legislative process.

As legislators decide how to vote, they consider public opinion as expressed through position letters. To support a bill and submit a position letter, you must first register here for an account. You only need to do this once. After you register, you will log in, and then you click on submit a letter. From there, you simply click on either AB (Assembly Bill) or SB (Senate Bill) and then the bill number. If you need any support, please email TFC.


Last Friday was the deadline to introduce new bills. There were 1556 Assembly Bills introduced and 662 Senate bills.

Upcoming Legislative Hearings:

Bills to Watch:


  • See the full 2023-24 Legislative Calendar here.
  • Visit TFC's legislation page to find a comprehensive list of bills of interest.
  • Visit TFC's Budget Page for full budget bill details, as well as budget hearing video archive links.
  • Visit TFC's dedicated page to find a full list of Senate and Assembly Committee chairs and contact information.
  • Click here to view all the bills that the Assembly and Senate introduced this legislative year.


All changes to committee assignments have been reflected on TFC's Committee Information, Rules & Position Letter Deadlines page. This page has been tailored to only include those committees relevant to the field. However, you can find the full, comprehensive and updated list of all committees on this site.

Please reach out to TFC staff if you have any questions.

Did you know?

Child Care Q&As

Question: When will the new definitions for part-time and full-time be released?

Answer: CDSS posted CCB 24-04 on March 8th with the new definitions.

Question: According to the Funding Terms & Conditions, how many years must a contractor reconcile a physical inventory with property records?

Answer: Every 2 years.

Question: When is the Program Self-Evaluation due? 

Answer: It is due on June 1st.

Federal Update

Check back next week.

Most Viewed Bills of the Week:

  1. H.R.2882 [118th] Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2024
  2. H.R.7024 [118th] Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act of 2024
  3. H.R.4366 [118th] Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2024
  4. H.R.7521 [118th] Protecting Americans from Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act
  5. H.R.7511 [118th] Laken Riley Act
  6. S.596 [117th] Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2021
  7. H.R.82 [118th] Social Security Fairness Act of 2023
  8. H.R.1332 [118th] Thirty-Two Hour Workweek Act
  9. H.R.2670 [118th] National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2024
  10. H.R.5074 [118th] Kidney PATIENT Act of 2023

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Field Highlights

CCDBG FY2024 State-by-State Appropriations Distribution Estimates and Increases

On March 23, 2024, President Joe Biden signed the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2024 into law. The act’s allocations for fiscal year (FY) 2024 included a significant increase of $725 million in discretionary funds for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG). This was in addition to a smaller increase for Head Start and level funding for other important child care and early education programs such as Parts B and C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

CCDBG is a critical support for families with low incomes who, without access to assistance, would likely be unable to afford their current child care arrangements. However, due to limited federal funding, the program was only able to serve 18 percent of eligible children in 2020. The annual appropriations process is an important opportunity to increase federal investments in programs that respond to increased need and ensure funding keeps up with rising inflation...

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Care Matters: A 2024 Report Card for Policies in the States

The Century Foundation published its first care policy report card, “Care Matters,” in 2021. That report card graded each state on a number of supportive family policies and worker rights and protections, such as paid sick and paid family leave, pregnant worker fairness, and the domestic worker bill of rights. The 2021 report card revealed the tremendous gaps in state care policies and a fragmented and insufficient system of care workers and families in most states. This update to the care report card, co-authored with Caring Across Generations, and with an updated methodology, takes another look at how states are doing...

Click here to view the full article.

Field Happenings

California Budget and Policy Center is hosting their Policy Insights conference on Tuesday, April 16th in Sacramento!

The dynamic workshops will cover some of the most important issues facing our state, including:

  • Building Wealth, Building Futures: Strategies for Fostering Economic Opportunity and Mobility for Children
  • Advancing Racial Equity in California: From Policy to Progress
  • Dream Big: Increasing State Revenues Through Corporate Tax Fairness
  • Expanding Child Care Access: Analyzing Supply Gaps and Policy Opportunities

Click here to register.

CDSS & CDE Information & Updates

Upcoming Webinars

SAVE THE DATE: Rate and Quality Advisory Panel

Greetings Executive Directors, Program Directors, Family Child Care Home Owners, and Family, Friend, and Neighbor Child Care Providers,

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) is pleased to announce the next Rate and Quality Advisory Panel meeting is scheduled on April 8, 2024, from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The meeting will be held virtually via Zoom. All meetings are open to the public so that community members can participate and share advice and ideas. The meetings will include interpretation and translation in Spanish, Chinese and American Sign Language (ASL) and additional interpretation support will be added to later meetings if needed.


Please save the following details for the next meeting:

  • April 8, 2024
  • 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Zoom Registration

Information & Updates

RELEASED March 27, 2024: 2024 Final Rule Announcement


On February 29, 2024, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Child Care (OCC) announced a new rule that will reduce costs and improve access for families who receive child care subsidies funded with federal Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) resources. 

The federal regulations described in the Final Rule 2024 - 04139 are effective April 30, 2024. The Legislature and Governor in California have already enacted policies that are consistent with some of these new requirements. 

Below is a summary of the key updates to the federal regulations for which CDSS has already implemented the relevant policy direction.  

Click here for more information.

RELEASED March 13, 2024: Child Care Bulletin (CCB) 24-03: Program Self-Evaluation for Fiscal Year 2023-2024

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Child Care and Development Division (CCDD) has recently posted the following document on its Internet website: CCB 24-03: Program Self-Evaluation for Fiscal Year 2023-2024.

The purpose of this CCB is to describe the requirements for the Program Self-Evaluation of CDSS subsidized child care and development contractors. Within the bulletin, guidance is provided on the submission requirements for the Fiscal Year 2023- 2024 Program Self Evaluation (PSE) as well as a list of all the required documents to be maintained onsite by contract type. 


If you have any questions or need additional guidance regarding the information in this letter, please contact your assigned CCDD Program Quality and Improvement (PQI) Consultant.

Happening This Week, April 8th-12th:

Monday, April 8th:

  • Rate and Quality Advisory Panel, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Register Here.
  • TFC Small/Rural Contractors Meeting @ 2:00pm

Tuesday, April 9th:

TFC Weekly Member Connections Meeting @ 1:00pm. Email to register.

Wednesday, April 10th:

TFC Board Meeting @ 8:30am

Thriving Families California (formerly CAPPA) is committed to supporting our field with a coordinated calendar. Click here to see current calendar of events. If you have an event to add, email us and it will be added.

The Weekly Good

An uplifting way to start the week, for those of us who need a break from the chaos that is our lives.

During this time where we are all stressed, it would be great to celebrate the positive. Each week we will celebrate everyday heroes, inspiring movements and great things happening in our field. 

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April 2024 Featured Agency Highlight

Stanislaus County Office of Education- Child & Family Services

The Stanislaus County Office of Education’s Child & Family Services (CFS) Division was established with the mission to provide the foundational resources and services children ages 0-5 need to become lifelong learners. CFS advances that goal every day through comprehensive early childhood education programs, as well as initiatives that empower parents and the education professionals with whom they work to maximize their ability to help the region’s children thrive in the classroom and community.

Get to know them and the full scope of their work by reading their 2023 Annual Report highlighting how they are supporting the needs of family child care providers and families in Stanislaus County.

Community based public and private Alternative Payment Programs (APPs) support the needs of working moms and dads with access to child care and other supports earmarked to lift families up from poverty. During the pandemic, these programs have distributed emergency essential worker child care vouchers, family child care and center stipends & PPE, diapers, food and clothing. Throughout California, these APPs may also support parental choice to CalWORKs Stages 2 & 3, preschool and center-based programs, general child care, After School Education and Safety (ASES), Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), Family Child Care Home Education Networks (FCCHENs), transportation, behavioral & mental health services, respite, regional centers, health and safety, 21st Century, resource libraries, and Trustline.

TFC Member Only Benefits

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TFC Weekly Member Connections via Zoom:

Our commitment to you is to have scheduled at least once per week a call wherein we can all connect. As questions arise, forward them to TFC so that we can address them on these calls. Look for a weekly email to register. Recording and Q&A will also be posted on the Member's Only page. 

Job Descriptions and Salary Information

TFC has collected more than 85 job descriptions from member agencies that you can view and use when you create your agency's next job posting!

Visit the Member's Only website to view today!

Best Practices

TFC has been working on Best Practices and policies to support you.

Visit the Member's Only website to view today!

TFC's 2023-24 Board of Directors


Gina Fromer, Ph.D.



Michelle Graham

Children's Resource & Referral of Santa Barbara County 


LaVera Smith

Supportive Services, Inc. Fresno


Beth Chiaro

Child Care Resource Center


Rick Richardson

Child Development Associates


Leslie Reece

Family Resource Center


Jeanne Fridolfs

Napa County Office of Education


Joie Owen

Glenn County Office of Education- Child and Family Services


Karen Marlatt

Valley Oak Children's Services 


Kendall Hirai

Crystal Stairs, Inc.


Tina Barna 

Catalyst Community


Jessica Kranz

Go Kids, Inc.


Mike Michelon


Teri Sedrick

North Coast Opportunities, Inc.

Denyne Micheletti Colburn


The representation of the TFC board spreads across all agency types and sizes, and represents voices from nearly every region in California.

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DSS & CDE Updates

March 8, 2024

CCB 24-04:

Implementation Of The New Part-Time And Full-Time Definitions For Reimbursement

March 1, 2024

CCB: 24-03: Program Self-Evaluation For Fiscal Year 2023-2024

February 1, 2024

CCB 24-02 Child Care Providers United – California (CCPU) Access to Preservice Meetings and Orientations

January 17, 2024

CCB 23-34E: Erratum to Implementation Of The Provisions Of SB 140 (Chapter 193, Statutes Of 2023) Pertaining To Child Care Provider Payment

January 8, 2024

CCB 24-01: Transitional One-Time Allocation To Family Child Care Homes And Cost Of Care Plus Rate Payments To Child Care Contractors Pursuant To SB 140 (Chapter 193, Statutes Of 2023)

December 21, 2023

CCB 23-38:

Emergency Closure Request

November 17, 2023

CCB 23-37: Cost of Care Plus Rate Payments to Child Care Providers Pursuant to SB 140 (Chapter 193, Statutes of 2023)

Job Openings

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Please email us your posting!

-Resource & Referral Manager

Children's Council San Francisco 

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Child Development Inc. (San Jose)

Deputy Chief Financial Officer Child Development Associates, Inc. (San Diego)

-Program Services Assistant III

-Local Child Care Planning Coordinator

-Teachers - Child Development

Colusa County Office of Education 

-Program Specialist (Case Management)- Orange County

-Program Specialist (Child Care Payment Case Management)-Long Beach

-Program Specialist (Child Care Payment Program Case Management)-Yuba City

Children's Home Society

-Finance Director

-Center Director at Roosevelt

Davis Street

Education Director

Sierra Nevada Children's Services

-Child Care Case Manager & Support Specialist

-Child Care Case Manager

Glenn County Office of Education

Family Advocate

YMCA of San Diego County

Pathways LA- Multiple Job Openings

Nutritional Aid, Child Care Provider Training Coordinator, Child Care Case Worker,

Preschool Associate Teacher, Child Care Professional Dev. Coach and Payment Processor

Of Interest

California’s Child Care System Serves Only a Fraction of Eligible Children

In California, Parents and Child Care Providers Work Together to Make Meaningful Change

A new child tax credit could pass this month. Here’s what it would do for low-income families.

Emerging Solutions for America’s Broken Early Education System

Opinion: Bob Norris: Child care deserts affect entire communities

Would California spend billions of extra dollars to improve the wellbeing of its children?

A Good Economy Feels Bad For Americans When Care Is Still Out Of Reach

Field Happenings and Resources


how our agencies continue to engage and communicate with families and providers.

Del Norte Child Care Council April Newsletter

CocoKids March Newsletter

4Cs of Alameda Current Newsletter

Upcoming Valley Oak Children's Service Events

4Cs Sonoma Upcoming Events

Connections for Children Upcoming Events

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