"Children Learning, Parents Earning, Communities Growing"

July 8, 2024 | Issue #28

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Rick Richardson Awarded CEO of the Year!

We are proud to announce that our own Rick Richardson, CEO of Child Development Associates, has been awarded CEO of the Year from the San Diego Business Journal. This award recognizes local industry leaders’ great achievements within their companies and in the community. The winners and finalists are lauded for demonstrating determination and insight yielding huge successes for their organizations.

This is what Rick had to say of the honor: This week I received the “CEO of the Year Award” from the San Diego Business Journal, San Diego County’s leading source of news and information about the business community.

I am truly honored to be recognized, especially among such a gathering of business leaders whose companies strengthen our vibrant San Diego community. I’ve traveled and lived all over the world and believe SD is a great place to call home.

CDA is a nonprofit organization in the business of helping people reach their full potential.

It’s our 50th…Our story started in 1974 when a single mother, struggling to raise a family herself, had a vision of changing the world by giving children a better start in life.

In our 50th year, we haven’t lost sight of that vision. And have grown our services and increased impact from a single preschool, to now, as of this year services across the state of California reaching over 24,000 children from over 8,000 families and over 4,000 small business child care providers. I am especially proud of how those expanded services strengthens families, breaks intergenerational poverty, creates economic development, in turn strengthens our community and society.

This award may have my name on it but is really an award for 286 people, who I call the CDA family. My team are hard working professionals whose hearts burn to help others in daily acts of selfless service. It is my life’s greatest GIFT to work alongside them and learn from them. This award is really for them for no CEO does it alone. Any of my success is the result of the success of each of 286 individuals working as a cohesive team.

This prestigious award is an incredible honor for the entire CDA team. I am deeply grateful and immensely proud to lead such an exceptional organization. Together, we will continue to build a future of success, growth, and positive change.

CDA’s 50 year story is about the power of vision and how a motivated group, united by a common purpose, can achieve extraordinary feats, and even change the world.

Congratulations Rick on this well-deserved honor!

Rick's op-ed on the economic lens of childcare was also recently featured in the San Diego Union Tribune. Read that below.

Read Rick's Article

July 2024 Monday Morning Update Sponsor

After over 45-years, our board of directors supported a transparent process with full buy-in of the membership to transform the California Alternative Payment Program Association (CAPPA). This decision was based on the fact that none of the existing agencies only operated as an Alternative Payment Program (APP) contract type. Further, our programs and contracts we had administered for decades were transferred from the California Department of Education to the California Department of Social Services. The rationale for the lift and shift was to help the State better help families with coordinated services and supports.

To support this process volunteers stepped up to begin the process of reshaping CAPPA. Based on input from the field, a review of agencies and hours of conversation, the volunteers put forward a proposal of renaming our organization as:

Thriving Families California (TFC).

This recommendation was supported by the board as well as put out to our membership for a vote. Overwhelmingly, this change was approved.

The rebranding to TFC will better position your organization to represent your capacity in supporting more layered needs of families struggling to survive and thrive in California. Further, our organization is better positioned to help the Legislature and the Administration realize the changes needed to realize “No Wrong Door” for families to enter and receive resources.

We have a magnifier on being a collaborative partner with others in this space of supporting families. Families thrive when communication and coordination of critical services are delivered and are not siloed by bureaucracy.

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Submit a Workshop Proposal Today!

We invite you to submit a workshop proposal to this year's Hybrid Joint Conference. Please see the 2024 Call for Presentations Announcement for more information.


Please share the below Call for Presentations links with others you feel could present workshops which would be of benefit to conference attendees.


Workshop proposals are now due, Wednesday, July 10th!

2024 Conference

Save the Date and join your peers for an amazing 2024 Joint Conference! The California Child Care Resource & Referral Network and Thriving Families CA are excited to announce that we will once again offer a joint conference in 2024 that has both an in-person and virtual option this Fall!

We are working with the Conference Committee to offer thoughtful, user-friendly options with keynote presentations, workshops, networking opportunities, and connection time with vendors. For the in-person conference, we will once again be at the Double Tree Hotel in Sacramento. For those who prefer the conveniences that come with virtual attendance, we’ll have an option that is similar to the last four years. Regardless of the option that works best for your agency, we look forward to connecting, supporting and partnering with you!

Registration information, along with a preliminary conference program, will be released soon! At that time, online registration will be open, and attendees will be able to select from the in-person conference or the virtual conference. Those that register for the in-person option will also receive access to the virtual conference. The in-person option will be limited to 450. When registration opens, all agencies will have an opportunity to register a limited number of people by a specific deadline. If spaces remain after the deadline they will be made available to interested agencies.  

Visit the Conference Webpage for more information as it becomes available.

California State Budget, Legislature & The Capitol

California Budget Updates

On Saturday, Governor Newsom officially signed the 2024 budget that goes into effect today. The $298 billion spending plan includes many of the agreements. However, there has not yet been action on the human services and child care trailer bills.

Below are the Budget Bill Jr. # 1 and relevant bills impacting our field (NOTE: More Details Here):

  • SIGNED SB 108 : Amendments to Budget Act of 2024 (“Budget Bill Jr.” #1 of 2024) - Amends AB 107 (Gabriel), the Legislature’s 2024 Budget Agreement to make changes necessary to implement a three-party budget compromise with the administration.
  • SIGNED SB 109: Amendments to Budget Act of 2023 (“Budget Bill Jr.” #5 of 2023)
  • SIGNED SB 153: Education finance: education omnibus budget trailer bill
  • SIGNED AB 161: Human services
  • SIGNED AB 162: Developmental services
  • SIGNED SB 163: Early learning and childcare
  • This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to add approximately 206,800 new childcare slots above the slot levels funded during the 2020–21 fiscal year, in accordance with a specified distribution. The bill would state that funding to programs has been added by the state as of May 15, 2024, resulting in an award of an estimated 118,800 new slots, as specified. The bill would state the intent of the Legislature that the remaining slots that have not been added and awarded as of January 1, 2024, may follow a specified distribution in certain fiscal years. The bill would require, subject to appropriation, that any unawarded slots be distributed in each subsequent fiscal year.

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

Department of Finance - Finance Bulleting (June 2024)

Preliminary General Fund agency cash receipts were $2.7 billion, or 22.1 percent, above the May Revision forecast for May, and $2.8 billion, or 1.6 percent, above the fiscal year-to-date forecast of $175.6 billion. This was largely due to personal income tax withholding exceeding the May forecast by $1.2 billion, or 16.6 percent, and net corporation tax collections exceeding the forecast by $752 million, or 124.3 percent. 

Bill of the Week

AB 2476 (Bonta): alternative payment services

Author: Assemblymember Mia Bonta

Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis recently added her support to our bill!

Click Here to View the Bill

To submit a support letter, click here.

Mia Bonta was elected to serve California’s 18th Assembly District in a special election on August 31, 2021. The 18thAssembly District encompasses the East Bay area of Northern California. It includes a large portion of the City of Oakland and the cities of Emeryville and Alameda. Assemblymember Bonta’s priority is to make California a more affordable, inclusive, and equitable home for all.

In addition to her professional work, Mia has served on the boards of national non-profits seeking to build power for low-income people like Community Change Action and local providers like Alameda Free Library Foundation. Mia also served as an appointed 18th Assembly District Delegate to the California Democratic Party and on the AD-18 Advisory Committees for Women, Education, and Early Childhood.

Click Here to View the Factsheet

How to Support a 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.

Important Dates, Deadlines,

Hearings, and Bills

Dates & Deadlines:

  • August 5 - Legislature reconvenes from Summer Recess.

Upcoming Legislative Hearings:

  • No hearings during the summer recess. Legislators are in their districts. This is a great time to meet with them!
  • Senate Appropriations - August 5th 10:00 a.m. - 1021 O Street, Room 2200

Bills to Watch:

  • AB 1808 (Nguyen) Childcare and development services: eligibility. Extends 24-month eligibility to CalWORKs child care. TFC SPONSORED.
  • AB 2476 (Bonta) Childcare services: alternative payment programs. TFC SPONSORED.
  • AB 1930 (Schiavo) Teaching credentials: Child Development Associate Teacher Permit: renewal.
  • AB 2774 (Grayson) Childcare for Working Families Act.

Legislative Resources:

  • 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.

Legislative Committee Information, Rules,

and Position Letter Deadlines

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: Are there advantages to having a written contract between providers and parents while a child is in a providers' program?

Answer: A written contract sets forth responsibilities for providers and parents while the child is in the provider’s program. Of course, even without the written contract, parents and providers have certain implied responsibilities (e.g., to pay for the child care, to provide child care). The written contract can make these responsibilities very specific. If a parent believes a provider broke the contract, the parent can sue the provider, and vice versa. A written contract generally also trumps any negotiations that occurred before the contract was signed. Child Care Law Center

Federal Update

NWLC & The Network Applaud Inclusion of Emergency Child Care Funding in President Biden’s Supplemental Funding Request to Congress

WASHINGTON – The Biden administration released a supplemental funding request to Congress last week that reiterated the administration’s request for $16 billion in emergency child care funding. 

The administration’s request for $16 billion in emergency child care funding, which they first called for last October, comes after child care advocates, including the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) and Child Care for Every Family Network (The Network), pushed the administration and Congress to secure this funding in order to mitigate the impacts of expired federal stabilization dollars last September.


“We applaud the White House's renewed call for emergency child care funding in its latest supplemental request to Congress. Since the expiration of child care funding last September, early educators and families have continued to struggle to make ends meet and afford quality care. Congress must now come together to swiftly pass this critical funding to help stabilize the child care industry” said Melissa Boteach, Vice President of Child Care/Early Learning and Income Security at the National Women’s Law Center.


"Impacted families, child care providers, and organizers across the country have been pushing for emergency action to replenish the child care funding that expired in 2023. We're so glad to see the Biden Administration renew their request for $16 billion in emergency child care funding. Our kids, families, early educators, and economy can’t continue to function in crisis. Congress must act to now to provide these urgently-needed resources to stabilize our current child care system and continue to work with us to create a new system that has robust and permanent funding and centers families, kids, and providers who are Black, brown, Indigenous, and/or people of color. We know from recent polling that 73% of all voters support a totally redesigned child care system that guarantees free care for every family and good wages and benefits for providers. All eyes are on Congress, especially the House Republicans who have thus far obstructed progress. We need this emergency funding to move forward without delay," said Andrea Palusa and Erica Gallegos, Co-Directors of The Network.


Since the expiration of American Rescue Plan Act stabilization funding for child care last September (colloquially known as the “child care funding cliff”), child care providers across the country have had to raise their prices or close their doors permanently -- further shrinking an already limited supply of affordable child care.


A recent data analysis from NWLC released last month suggests that the funding cliff is making it harder for families to access child care.


The analysis, which was also cited in a White House report released last week, found an overall increase in the share of parents who reported not having access to child care following the funding cliff last September. This increase was driven by states that didn’t allocate state funding to fill the gap left by the expired federal child care funding.


In contrast, the share of parents unable to access child care barely rose in states that did fill in the gap left by the expired federal funds.

1.NWLC Federal Update & Take Action

Federal Government Update

This week, the House Appropriations Committee released details of their proposed plan for FY25 funding for Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS). The proposed funding bill includes $198.4 billion, a cut of $24.6 billion, or 11 percent, below the fiscal year 2024 level. 


The legislation includes:

  • $25M increase to CCDBG
  • $25M increase to Head Start
  • Eliminates Healthy Start program
  • Eliminates Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) program


See more: Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Summary.pdf (house.gov)


The Senate, on the other hand, has expressed interest in raising spending above the mandatory caps, though there is ongoing debate over whether Republicans would only support raising the caps on Defense spending.


As a reminder, FY25 funding bills will almost certainly not be finalized until after the November election. It is still critical that we remind Congress to prioritize investments in ECE programs.

⇒ Please urge your Members of Congress to prioritize and invest in child care as they debate annual spending bills. Funding to address our country's child care crisis is more urgent now than ever before.


Child Care Tax Credit

Improvements to the Child Tax Credit (CTC) remain at a standstill. However, the Senate could still vote on the tax package in the next few months. It is up to Senate Leader Schumer (D-NY) to make a vote happen.

⇒ Please urge your Senators to pass the expanded CTC now.


We know how to end child poverty. That is why we are fighting for this expansion right now and will keep fighting to improve the CTC further.   


More: Child Tax Credit 2024 Resources & Social Media (Coalition on Human Needs)



Supplemental Federal Child Care Funding 


We are focused on ensuring that any future domestic supplemental that is considered includes $16 billion for child care and early learning.

⇒ Please urge your Members of Congress to support the $16 billion proposal supported by President Biden and many congressional Democrats


As previously shared,



⇒ Take Action





Please feel welcome to reach out with any questions or opportunities for collaboration.

2. Resources - Children Before Profits: Constraining Private Equity Profiteering to Advance Child Care as a Public Good


From NWLC, Open Markets Institute, and Community Change:


Private equity has undermined services and raised costs in healthcare, housing, and retail. Now it is starting to make inroads into the childcare sector, threatening to plunder public funding and shift care delivery away from community-based centers that have been led by women of color. 


On June 24, the National Women’s Law Center, Open Markets Institute, and Community Change co-hosted “Children Before Profits ” in Washington, D.C., to spotlight the threat that private equity poses, as well as approaches to protect public resources for care services. 


3. Issue Brief - Impacts of the Expiration of Federal Child Care Stabilization Funding and the Mitigating Effects of State-Level Stopgap Funding


From the White House Council of Economic Advisors:


The March 2021 enactment of the American Rescue Plan provided historic federal funding to the child care industry. The unprecedented $24 billion in subsidies to providers helped to stabilize the industry during the COVID-19 pandemic, while also addressing preexisting challenges in the market for child care. The flexibility of the funds helped providers stabilize their businesses in one of the most tumultuous periods in recent history.


In November 2023, the CEA published a working paper that evaluated the impact of the child care stabilization funds allocated by the American Rescue Plan. The working paper largely focused on the onset of those funds and found that the child care stabilization funds accomplished their eponymous goal of stabilizing the industry, resulting in increases in wages and employment for child care workers, as well as increases in the labor force participation rate (LFPR) and employment for mothers of young children.


The end of June 2024 marks nine months since the child care stabilization funds formally expired. As the child care industry is one that often operates on slim margins and has historically been unable to provide enough affordable slots for families (U.S. Department of the Treasury, 2021), the expiration of funds posed a threat to the positive progress made. Recognizing this threat, eleven states plus the District of Columbia have implemented some level of “stopgap funding” to fill the gaps left in child care funding when federal dollars from the American Rescue Plan ran out. We define “stopgap funding” as state-level (or district-level in the case of DC) funds —usually via state-level budgetary processes—for stabilization purposes, which often take the form of direct grants to child care providers. Figure 1 shows the level of state stabilization as defined by spending per child under the age of 5 (i.e., the age group most likely to benefit from the funding).


Given limited follow-up data on outcomes in the post-funding period at the time of publication, CEA’s original analysis could only examine preliminary impacts of the expiration of ARP child care stabilization funding—finding suggestive evidence of a slowing of the growth in maternal labor supply that started with the onset of ARP funds. This issue brief updates and extends that analysis with new outcomes and more data to examine the effect of the expiration of funds on child care prices, maternal labor supply, and survey-based measures of access to child care. We also leverage data on state efforts to stabilize child care, which helps us understand if, and how much, state-level funding supported the child care industry when federal funds expired. 


Our results suggest an overall slowdown in progress on outcomes such as child care prices and labor force participation and employment for women who are likely to rely on child care. We also show early evidence that states that implemented stopgap funding after federal ARP dollars ran out may have been more resilient in the post-funding period (after October 2023). Survey evidence shows that families with young children are having a harder time finding child care after ARP expiration, but the effects are less pronounced in states that implemented stopgap funding. Moreover, we find suggestive evidence of relatively stronger labor market outcomes for families and parents with young children in these states. We conclude with a summary of actions taken and proposed—in the President’s FY 2025 Budget—by the Biden-Harris Administration to increase access to and affordability of child care for parents across the country.


4. Resources - Child Care Assistance Landscape: Inequities in Federal and State Eligibility and Access


From the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP):


This week, CLASP released the latest edition of its report on inequitable access to child care subsidies, “Child Care Assistance Landscape: Inequities in Federal and State Eligibility and Access.” The report analyzes variations in eligibility and access to Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) subsidies in fiscal year (FY) 2020. State decisions on implementation within the CCDBG program, along with historically insufficient and limited funding, restrict parents' access to child care.  


In this national report and series of individual state fact sheets, we analyze state-level Administration for Children and Families CCDBG data by state, race, and ethnicity, with analyses of both state and federal income eligibility limits. This update also expands on the 2019 report by analyzing data on potentially eligible children, or children who are estimated to qualify for receiving CCDBG assistance.


Key findings include:

  • Though 30 percent of all children ages 0-13 were potentially eligible to receive a CCDBG subsidy based on federal income eligibility, only 10 percent of all children had access to a subsidy. 
  • Though 20 percent of all children ages 0-13 were potentially eligible to receive a CCDBG subsidy based on state income eligibility, only 14 percent of all children had access to a subsidy. 
  • Across all states, none of the states had more than 50 percent of all potentially eligible children in any racial or ethnic group receive a subsidy based on federal or state income limits. 


Click here for a deeper analysis of these findings and additional data. And be sure to check out the individual state fact sheets we developed alongside the new national report.  


Want to share the findings from this report? Our social media toolkit includes several options for posts on this new analysis of FY2020 national data as well as findings from each state that reported sufficient data! 


For questions or additional information, please contact Stephanie Schmit, Director of Child Care and Early Education at CLASP, at sschmit@clasp.org.  

5. Column - Project 2025 Would Eliminate Head Start, Severely Restricting Access to Child Care in Rural America


From the Center for American Progress:


This week, the Early Childhood Policy team at the Center for American Progress published a new column: Project 2025 Would Eliminate Head Start, Severely Restricting Access to Child Care in Rural America. This article is a part of a series from the Center for American

Progress exposing how the sweeping Project 2025 policy agenda would harm all



Early Childhood Policy Senior Director Casey Peeks explores how vital Head Start is for low-income families and rural families in particular. If Head Start were to be eliminated, as proposed

in Project 2025, many families would be left without access to child care, undermining economic growth and exacerbating inequality. 


The article revisits child care deserts data to understand how eliminating Head Start would have disproportionate consequences for rural communities. Read more here , retweet us, and please share widely with your networks.

6. Blog - Learning from Relief Funding: A Look at Outreach and Education Efforts Across the Country


From Child Care Aware of America:


Every state had an opportunity to support its child care system using bold investments from the federal government during the pandemic – and it worked. During that time, funding helped to keep prices in check for families and support child care employment and wages, which helped stabilize the market in a time of turmoil.


But it is not a given that child care support will continue. Over the past 3 years, Child Care Aware® of America provided subgrants to twelve Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) agencies to strengthen their capacity to conduct outreach and educational activity and demonstrate the impact these public investments made for families, providers, and communities across the country.


Now the results are in! Learn more about the themes that arose across projects and read detailed state spotlights in our new resource, “Learning from Relief Funding: A Look at Outreach and Education Efforts Across the Country."

7. Resource - Developing a Home-Based Child Care Network: A Technical Assistance Manual


From The Administration for Children and Families:


Developing a Home-Based Child Care Network: A Technical Assistance Manual


The Administration for Children and Families invites you to explore Developing a Home-Based Child Care Network: A Technical Assistance Manual.


Why Home-Based Child Care Networks?

Home-based child care (HBCC) networks are a promising strategy for recruiting, supporting, and retaining HBCC providers.


Who Can Benefit?

This technical assistance manual is for leaders and partners at the state, regional, and local levels who are planning to support the HBCC provider community through HBCC networks.


What’s in the Manual?

The manual provides key considerations and answers to questions you need to carry out HBCC networks. It also accomplishes the following:

  • Examines the rationale for adopting these networks as a promising approach for improving the quality of HBCC programs and supporting HBCC providers in serving a range of diverse populations
  • Discusses the critical components of an HBCC network through the lens of benchmarks and indicators that articulate evidence-based standards for high-quality networks
  • Outlines four stages for successfully carrying out an HBCC network
  • Contains appendices with a variety of resources to help you carry out the strategies described in the manual


Technical Assistance Is Available!

The National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance (NCECQA) can provide technical assistance on developing and carrying out HBCC networks. To learn more or request assistance, contact your CCDF Systems Consultant or Office of Child Care Regional Program Specialist or email NCECQA@icf.com

8. Blog - Building Belonging: Valuing Family Child Care via State Licensing Systems


From Home Grown:


Going through the licensing process was quite an eventful experience for me. It all started with a quick Google search that led me to my state's licensing class for family child care providers. The class covered the basic fundamental components, but it lacked detail. Even though I have plenty of experience in the field of early childhood education, navigating the licensing process was quite challenging, and I had to figure it out on my own. It could be even more difficult for someone who has a passion for working with children but lacks experience.


That's why I am passionate about improving support systems and collaborating with agencies to help individuals through this process. Before starting a child care business, there is a lack of designated licensing support, which makes it challenging to navigate the zoning process and comply with local city and county ordinances. Additionally, there is a lack of financial support, especially in areas that do not have existing child care programs. The licensing system should be revised because it is difficult to interpret, biased and lacks support. It almost feels like the licensing requirements are meant to penalize providers rather than provide consultation and support to minimize safety issues. 


As a member of Home Grown’s Family Child Care Licensing Work Group, we developed recommendations to help design system reform using provider perspectives and expertise. The final report, Building Belonging: Valuing Family Child Care Via State Licensing Systems contains our experiences and recommendations for licensing systems in order to bring about cohesive change for the benefit of children, families and providers. 

Most Viewed Bills of the Week:

1.H.R.4980 [113th] Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act

2.H.R.4132 [118th]Falun Gong Protection Act

3.H.R.8070 [118th] Servicemember Quality of Life Improvement and National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2025

4.S.596 [117th] Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2021

5.H.R.7024 [118th] Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act of 2024

6.H.Res.901 [118th] Expressing support for democracy and human rights in Pakistan.

7.H.R.5074 [118th] Kidney Patient Access to Technologically Innovative and Essential Nephrology Treatments Act of 2023

8.H.R.8046 [118th] Rosatom Sanctions Enforcement Act

9.H.R.8771 [118th] Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2025

10.H.R.2670 [118th]National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2024

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Thriving Families CA, member agencies, with the support of Thriving Families CA, are putting together a series of Regional Meetings that will be coming to a region near you!

This series will be delivered in a format that is very participatory. We encourage all participating to come with questions, as well as samples for each of the topics that will be discussed. 

We hope you can join us!

Planned topics include:


Best Practices Session 

  • Positioning our capacity in statute – where do we need to be aligned
  • CCPU- how and who are you working with?
  • Pay in advance discussion (AB 2476)
  • CCB’s –(March to June) discussion about implementation or interpretation
  • 70 Million-how is it being used
  • What training is needed for the field?
  • General certification and recertification processes; completion of application, and notices

This is just a sampling of topics that will be discussed and were provided by meetings hosts. If you have ideas on other topics you would like to add, please indicate on your registration. 



Budget and Legislative Discussion and Updates 2024-25 Budget Outcomes – Unfinished business and what’s next

Peer-to-Peer Networking Session 

This portion of the agenda will allow attendees to share their successful strategies, tools and ideas, as well as bring your questions.  

**If there are topics that you would be interested in adding to the agenda, please let us know!**

Register Here!

Field Highlights

United States Doula Programs and Their Outcomes: A Scoping Review to Inform State-Level Policies | RAND

We conducted a scoping review, across four academic databases and gray literature, to describe the landscape of literature on U.S. doula programs and their outcomes to inform state policy makers considering laws or programs related to doula care.

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Pumping the Brakes on Private Equity's Run on Child Care | Early Learning Nation

Rebecca Slaughter has a simple explanation for how private equity affects our economy: "When markets are competitively healthy, they have benefits across they have benefits across the field,” says Slaughter, who serves as a Commissioner for the Federal Trade Commission, the independent government agency that protects the public from deceptive or unfair business practices and from unfair methods of competition. “But too frequently when private equity enters the field, these benefits go down. Profits are extracted, but not distributed through the field. And this is critically bad in a sector that people depend on.”

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When little kids don't have stable housing, it can affect their health later | NPR

Researchers following a group of American children for decades found that even short periods of housing instability increased the chances of poor mental and physical health years later.

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CDSS & CDE Information & Updates

Upcoming Webinars

RELEASED June 26, 2024: CDSS Child Care and Development Quarterly Transition Webinar - Wednesday, July 10th, 9am - 10am

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) will host its next Child Care and Development Quarterly Transition Webinar on Wednesday, July 10th from 9:00 am to 10:00 am. During this call, we will also provide child care and development budget updates. Please register for the event here. 

Live, simultaneous interpretation in Spanish, Cantonese, and American Sign Language will be provided as well as closed captioning.

RELEASED June 21, 2024: ***RE-SCHEDULED*** California State Preschool Program Quality Rating and Improvement System Interest Holder Feedback Sessions - Wednesday, July 24th

7-8 pm and Friday, July 26th 12-1pm

The California Department of Education (CDE) Early Education Division (EED) will be postponing the next round of interest holder feedback sessions for the California State Preschool Program (CSPP) Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) Block Grant (BG).

The June 26th and 28th sessions have been rescheduled to July 24th and 26th. If you have already registered, you should have received an email with the rescheduled date. For those of you who have yet to register, consider this your second chance to register,

join the conversation, and provide your feedback to the CSPP QRIS BG.    

Wednesday, July 24, 2024, 7-8 PM 

Registration link for this webinar 


Friday, July 26, 2024, 12-1 PM 

Registration link for this webinar

The CSPP QRIS BG provides local funding to CSPPs through a block grant to improve the quality of learning experiences for children and shares information with parents and the public about program quality. Funding from this grant program directly supports ongoing training and professional development, coaching, and mentorship for educators, as well as program materials, and stipends to promote higher levels of program quality and improved child outcomes in state preschool programs. More information is available at CSPP and QRIS Block Grant.

Families, educators, site administrators, contractors, and other community members are invited to share feedback, offer suggestions, and help ensure a data informed and an improved system of recognition that supports quality in CSPPs for all children and their families. 

The upcoming interest holder sessions will share current updates and revisions to the CSPP QRIS quality continuum framework that builds from and integrates recent feedback gathered from past and most recent interest holder sessions. Please see the information below for the two feedback sessions to choose from. Also, pre-registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email for joining the webinar. 

Information & Updates

RELEASED July 2, 2024: Child Care Bulletin 24-12: Revised State Median Income (SMI) Ceilings And Income Ranking Table For Fiscal Year (FY) 2024-25

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Child Care and Development Division (CCDD) has recently posted the following document on its Internet website: CCB 24-12: Revised State Median Income (SMI) Ceilings and Income Ranking Table for Fiscal Year (FY) 2024-25. 

The purpose of this CCB is to notify counties and child care and development contractors of the revised Schedule of Income Ceilings and Income Ranking Table to be used to determine a family’s income eligibility for state subsidized child care and development programs for FY 2024-25.

RELEASED June 27, 2024: Management Bulletin 24-06: Assessment and Reporting of Family Fees for Fiscal Year 2024-25

The California Department of Education (CDE), Early Education Division (EED) has released Management Bulletin (MB) 24-06: Assessment and Reporting of Family Fees for Fiscal Year (FY) 2024–25. This MB notifies California State Preschool Program (CSPP) contractors of:

  • Guidance regarding state requirements on the assessment and collection of family fees for fiscal year (FY) 2024–25


  • The updated family fee schedule to be used to determine a family’s fee for CSPP based on income for FY 2024–25


This MB rescinds and replaces MB 23-07.


The directives in this MB are mandatory immediately pursuant to the authority set forth in Education Code sections 8252, 8253, and 8254.  


RELEASED June 20, 2024: Management Bulletin 24-05: Revised State Median Income Ceilings and Income Ranking Table for Fiscal Year 2024–25 

The California Department of Education (CDE), Early Education Division (EED) has released Management Bulletin (MB) 24-05: Revised State Median Income (SMI) Ceilings and Income Ranking Table for Fiscal Year (FY) 2024–25. This MB notifies California State Preschool Program (CSPP) contractors of: 

  • The revised Schedule of Income Ceilings to be used to determine families’ income eligibility for CSPP for FY 2024–25  
  • The updated Income Ranking Table to be used to determine a family’s income ranking for purposes of enrollment priorities for CSPP based on income for FY 2024–25 

This MB rescinds and replaces MB 23-06. 

The directives in this MB are mandatory immediately pursuant to the authority set forth in Education Code sections 8208, 8210, 8211, and 8213. 

This MB also includes guidance for determining both initial and ongoing income eligibility for families in part- and full-day CSPP. Contractors must use the revised Income Ranking Table when determining enrollment priorities related to a family’s income level. MB 24-05 can be accessed on the MB 24-05 web page at: https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/ci/mb2405.asp. 

If you have programmatic questions regarding the information in this MB, please contact your assigned EED Program Quality Implementation Office Regional Consultant. The CDE, EED Consultant Regional Assignments directory web page can be located at https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/ci/assignments.asp. 

If you have fiscal questions regarding the information in this MB, please contact your assigned Early Education Nutrition and Fiscal Services (EENFS) fiscal apportionment analyst. The EENFS fiscal analyst directory web page can be located at https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/cd/faad.asp. 

Effective July 1, 2024, CSPP contractors must use the revised Schedule of Income Ceilings when determining both initial and ongoing income eligibility for families in part- and full-day CSPP. Contractors must use the revised Income Ranking Table when determining enrollment priorities related to a family’s income level.


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DSS & CDE Updates

July 2, 2024

CCB 24-12: Revised State Median Income (SMI) Ceilings And Income Ranking Table For Fiscal Year (FY) 2024-25

June 5, 2024

CCB 24-11:  Fiscal Year 2024-2025 California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids Initial Contract Allocations

June 4, 2024

CCB 24-09:  Fiscal Year 2024-25 Direct Service Child Care and Development Initial Contract Award Allocations

May 31, 2024

CCB 24-08:  Fiscal Year 2024-25 Voucher-Based Child Care and Development Initial Contract Award Allocations

May 9, 2024

CCB 24-07

Subsidized Provider Report Updated Requirements

April 16, 2024

CCB 24-06:

Enrolling Families Into CalWORKs Stage 2

April 12, 2024

CCB 24-05:

Transitional One-Time Payments To Child Care Centers Pursuant To SB 140 (Chapter 193, Statutes Of 2023)

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