The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning to consumers and health care providers about hand sanitizer products that are labeled as containing ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that have tested positive for methanol contamination. Methanol (i.e., methyl alcohol or wood alcohol) is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested and can be life-threatening when ingested. As per the FDA news update hyperlinked below, “Methanol is not an acceptable active ingredient for hand sanitizers and must not be used due to its toxic effects. FDA’s investigation of methanol in certain hand sanitizers is ongoing. The agency will provide additional information as it becomes available.”
FDA has identified more than two dozen hand sanitizers that are toxic when absorbed through the skin. It is urgent that this information be sent to child care providers, parents, state child care licensing offices, child care professional development agencies, and others who can disseminate this information.
Consumers who have been exposed to a hand sanitizer containing methanol and are experiencing symptoms should seek immediate treatment for the potential toxic effects of methanol poisoning, which can include nausea, vomiting, headaches, blurred vision, permanent blindness, and seizures. Although people of all ages are at risk for methanol poisoning, “young children who accidentally ingest these products and adolescents and adults who drink these products as an alcohol (ethanol) substitute are most at risk.”
Please see the full FDA news update on hand sanitizers with methanol at https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-updates-hand-sanitizers-methanol for further information.
The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services has requested the California Department of Education to share this grant opportunity with school districts and education agencies within California.
The Special Needs School Transportation Camera Program is a grant administered by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. The program is intended to provide cameras on school transportation used by pre-K through high school students with disabilities/special needs to identify abusive behavior that may occur between students and/or between students and bus drivers/school personnel. Please see the Request for Proposal (RFP) for eligibility information and how to apply.
Grant Subaward Performance Period: January 1, 2021, through December 31, 2022
Submission Deadline: Monday, August 17, 2020
Available Funding: Individual Applicants may request up to $138,022
The RFP is located on the Cal OES website at: https://www.caloes.ca.gov/pages/Grant-Details.aspx?itemID=374&ItemTitle=2020-21%20Special%20Needs%20School%20Transportation%20Camera%20(SN)%20Program%20RFP
This is a message on behalf of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care (OCC).
On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was enacted. The CARES Act provides $3.5 billion and various flexibilities for state, territory, and tribal lead agencies to operate their Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) programs to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency and to ensure the supply of child care after the emergency subsides.
The CARES Act includes additional provisions that, although not specific to child care, address the needs of child care providers and child care workers, as does the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“Families First Act”), which was enacted on March 18, 2020. State, territory, and tribal governments now face the complexities of blending COVID-19 funding programs across multiple agencies to best support children, families, and child care providers. To aid with these decisions, the OCC has prepared guidance listing the funding programs outside of the CCDF program that affect child care providers and staff. The information can be accessed, along with updates reflecting ongoing legislation, on the OCC COVID-19 Legislation Guide for CCDF Administrators web page at https://www.acf.hhs.gov/occ/resource/covid-19-legislation-guide-for-ccdf-administrators.
Attention: Attention: All Executive Officers and Program Directors of California Department of Education Early Learning and Care Programs
On Thursday, June 25, 2020, at 10:00 a.m., the ELCD is co-hosting a webinar on Universal Design for Learning in early learning settings.
Hosted by the Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resources Division in collaboration with the ELCD and the California Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Coalition, this webinar will provide information on UDL and its application to distance learning for early childhood education. UDL provides accessibility for all children to demonstrate their mastery of developmental milestones.
Kelly Wylie and Kathy Wahl from the Santa Clara County Office of Education will provide a broad overview of UDL and guidance on integrating UDL principles as educators plan and deliver instruction in a distance learning format for preschool students.
This webinar will be on Facebook Live and Zoom. Zoom registration can be found on the CDE Distance Learning web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/cr/dl/.
Dear CECMP family,
I have spoken to quite a few of you over the last few days regarding this act of violence and the subsequent protests that are occurring across the country. Over the years that I have been in this field ( 49 ) I have fought tirelessly for Equity and Justice. We would be remiss not to say something about the disparities that continue to exist in our world, when our field represents the diversity of this nation and humanity . I have seen so many of the ways you support our children, our families and communities of color each and every day. Most of you are a part of the NAEYC- it is our professional organization as early educators. Rather than try to craft a letter to all of you from my own aching heart right now, I am posting the one from NAEYC below as I feel it is poignant and calls us all to be part of the change we want and so desperately need to see :
Mary Anne Doan
Director, CA Early Childhood Mentor Program
This message was originally shared on Saturday, May 30. Due to technical difficulties it is being resent to ensure that it reaches intended recipients.
Our hearts are heavy this week with the images of George Floyd being suffocated in police custody. On the heels of the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Corey Jones, Oscar Grant, Botham Jean, Sandra Bland, and more, we need to look no further than our own communities to find current examples that build upon more than 400 years of injustice for black people in America. We see this in the striking, gaping disparities in how police and policymakers have responded to protests throughout the past month and the disproportionate sickness and death African-American, Latinx, and Native American communities are experiencing from this pandemic.While we all grieve, we want to speak directly to those of you in our NAEYC family who root your identities in communities of color. Today, like too many other days, the trauma black, brown, and multiracial families and children are experiencing is a national crisis that requires action. As an organization, NAEYC sees your pain, and stands with you in grief. We condemn the generations of injustice along with the structural bias that causes disparities in outcomes based on where you live. We also want to speak directly to those of you who identify as an ally, and support you in recognizing personal implicit and explicit biases, and talking about, confronting, and responding to racism in our homes, neighborhoods, communities, and schools.
NAEYC’s core values uphold the dignity and worth of each individual. As we identify in our Advancing Equity in Early Childhood Education position statement, our goal is to nurture a more diverse and inclusive generation of young children who thrive through their experience of equitable learning opportunities in early learning programs. We aim for each child to “express comfort and joy with human diversity; to increasingly recognize injustice; and to have the will and the skills to act against prejudice.” We find ourselves pressing for the same for each adult in our nation today.
Our goals cannot be achieved without recognizing and dismantling the systems of bias that provide privilege to some and are unjust to others. That means committing—individually and collectively, again and again—to reflect and grapple with the racism in ourselves, our organizations, and our society. NAEYC continues to work towards advancing equity with humility and awareness of our history and limitations, and a recognition that no individual, leader or organization has all the answers. At the same time, we each have a role to play—as early childhood educators, administrators, faculty, students, advocates, and parents. We are each in a position where we can act and address the trauma our children are experiencing at the hands of racism apparent in the coronavirus’ disproportionate impacts, the police response to protests, the weaponizing of white privilege in our parks and streets, and the death of George Floyd.
On behalf of our entire organization, we commit to standing with you and relentlessly working together to create communities where each and every child, family, and educator can thrive.
Quality Counts California (QCC) Workforce Pathways Grant Request for Applications (RFA) Release
The CDE, ELCD is announcing the release of the Quality Counts California (QCC) Workforce Pathways Grant Request for Application (RFA). The RFA is designed to align with the QCC professional development system and to focus on local workforce needs across all care setting types. The QCC Workforce Pathways Grant RFA, in combination with the unified QCC Local Consortia and Partnerships Grant RFA (QCC Unified RFA), represents investments by the CDE/ELCD to support an effective statewide Quality Improvement System and Quality Rating and Improvement System. As the state invests in quality improvements, including workforce development, it will continue to encourage QCC system alignment in order to build a stronger quality system.
The CDE would like to highlight the following changes:
- Funding has been reduced to an $11,000,000 one-year statewide allocation.
- The QCC Workforce pathways have been streamlined.
- The former stipend administrating agency in the county will have the first right of refusal. The QCC Consortia Lead will have the second right of refusal.
- The QCC Workforce pathways grant will be available to all counties and to Tribal Childcare.
- The CDE is moving forward with an equity-focused funding formula, but has set caps on both increases and decreases to the amount of funding that any county will receive in comparison to the 2019–20 Assembly Bill 212 allocation.
The grant was released on May 26, 2020, and the applications are due June 15, 2020, by close of business. There is no Letter of Intent required for this grant. Please see additional key dates on the QCC Workforce Pathways Grant web page, located at https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fo/r2/qccelcwork2021rfa.asp.
Quality Counts California (QCC) Workforce Pathways Grant Webinar
An informational webinar will be held on Friday, May 29, 2020, 1–2 p.m. to review the QCC Workforce Pathways Grant RFA. Below you will find the link to register. It is not necessary to pre-register.
For more information regarding the QCC ELC Workforce Pathways Grant or webinar, please email the QCC Workforce Pathways Grant Team at QCCWorkforce@cde.ca.gov.
Topic: Quality County California (QCC) Workforce Pathways Grant RFA Technical Assistance Webinar
Time: May 29, 2020 01:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/98803336887
USA 215 861 0692
USA 8882512909 (US Toll Free)
Conference code: 410566
The CDE, ELCD and Child Development and Nutrition Fiscal Services (CDNFS) office has received questions from contractors about when the Early Learning and Care contracts for 2020-21 will be sent to contractors. The information below pertains specifically to the following CDE contracts: Alternative Payment Program (CAPP), Migrant Child Care (CMIG and CMAP), California State Preschool Program (CSPP), General Child Care (CCTR), Family Child Care Home Education Networks (CFCC), Care for Children with Severe Disabilities (CHAN), and CalWORKs Stages 2 and 3 (C2AP and C3AP).
Agencies holding these CDE contracts can expect to receive fiscal year 2020-21 contracts by June 1. These contracts will not reflect any of the proposed changes in the May Revise. While the changes in the May Revise are proposed changes to the budget, contractors should review what has been proposed and assess their current financial situation to make informed decisions and plan accordingly. Once the final budget is enacted, any changes made in the final budget will be reflected in contract amendments. The CDE will process Budget Act amendments, which will incorporate all changes to funding. Budget Act amendments are typically released in September.
If you have any questions regarding this correspondence, please contact your assigned CDNFS fiscal analyst from the CDNFS Fiscal Apportionment Analyst Directory at https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/cd/faad.asp.
Our hearts go out to all who have been infected by COVID-19 and those whose lives have been disrupted by this pandemic. We are particularly concerned about the significant impacts this public health crisis is having on our nation’s child care and early learning programs, including educators, families, and children. In collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics, join NAEYC for an informational webinar with Dr. Michele Cheung who will speak about COVID-19 in ECE programs and answer some of the most commonly asked questions by early childhood educators.
Michele Cheung, MD MPH, FAAP is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric infectious diseases. She completed medical school at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Cheung completed her pediatrics residency training at University of California, Irvine, Medical Center, and her pediatrics infectious diseases fellowship training at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She also has completed a preventive medicine residency at UCSF/UC Berkeley. Her focus is on communicable diseases in public health.
Attendees will receive a certificate of attendance for viewing this live webinar.
Attention: All Executive Officers and Program Directors of California Department of Education Early Learning and Care Programs and Operators of Private Programs
On April 29, 2020, the CDE ELCD announced funds authorized by the Governor and Legislature to provide funding to providers for cleaning, personal protective equipment, and other supplies to support emergency childcare during the COVID-19 State of Emergency.
The CDE, ELCD has released a letter to update the Apportionment Guidance to Resource and Referral (R&R) Program Contractors. The purpose of this guidance is to revise some of the content from the original guidance letter dated April 29, 2020. Some of the items superseded by this guidance include the timeline for expending Cleaning and Supplies for Childcare Providers (CSCP) funding, clarifying eligible providers, use of funds, and reporting the use of funds to the CDE. Content from the April 29 letter that is not superseded by this letter remains in effect.
The letter can be found on ELCD’s COVID-19 Guidance and Resources web page: https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/re/elcdcovid19.asp
If you have any questions about these funds, please refer to ELCDEmergency@cde.ca.gov.