Please be advised that, due to the circumstances of the COVID-19 State of Emergency, the award dates for Fiscal Year 2019–20 Request for Applications for (1) General Child Care and Development (CCTR) and (2) California State Preschool Program (CSPP) Expansion have been delayed from April 1, 2020, and will now be effective July 1, 2020.
Management Bulletins (MBs) 19-08 and 19-09 have been replaced with MBs 19-08a and 19-09a respectively to reflect this new information. Links to these MBs are as follows:
If you have any questions regarding the information in these management bulletins, please submit your questions by email to CCTRRFA@cde.ca.gov for CCTR or CSPPRFA@cde.ca.gov for CSPP.
These Management Bulletins are mandatory only to the extent that they cite a specific statutory and/or regulatory requirement. Any portion of these Management Bulletins that is not supported by a specific statutory and/or regulatory requirement is not prescriptive pursuant to California Education Code Section 33308.5.
This notice serves to inform all Executive Directors, Program Directors, and active users of the Child Development Management Information System (CDMIS) of the new “Reason for Receiving Child Care” option within the CDD-801A Monthly Child Care Population Report (CDD-801A).
The Governor issued Executive Order (EO) N-45-20 on April 4, 2020, and EO N-47-20 on April 7, 2020, to ensure that at-risk populations, essential critical infrastructure workers, and families with children with disabilities or special health care needs can obtain Emergency Childcare during the COVID-19 State of Emergency. The CDE is encouraging all programs that can safely remain open, or reopen, to do so in order to serve current families, at-risk populations, children with disabilities or special health care needs, and essential worker families that need childcare to perform their essential work. In addition to serving current families, contractors with CCTR, CSPP, CFCC, and CAPP contracts may enroll new families by following the directives set forth in Management Bulletin 20-06 located at https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/ci/mb2006.asp .
To align with the new eligibility criteria, the CDMIS has integrated an additional reason code within the “Reason for Receiving Child Care” field drop-down menu and is as follows:
Listed in the Reason for Receiving Child Care drop-down menu as “T”
Available to be used for the report months of April/May/June 2020 or until the State of Emergency has ended, whichever occurs first
Any questions or concerns pertaining to this matter may be directed to CDMIS Support email at CDMIS@cde.ca.gov.
Attention: All Executive Officers and Program Directors of Early Learning and Care Programs
The CDE, ELCD is hosting a webinar on Friday, April 24, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. to provide CDE, ELCD contractors with COVID-19 pandemic guidance regarding program quality requirements, as well as guidance for contractors who provide services through family child care home education networks regarding provider payments and program quality requirements.
Additionally, we will provide guidance regarding the submission of the Program Quality Plan around modifying program operations to address the needs of children and families who are no longer being served.
Pre-registration is required to attend this webinar. To register for this webinar, go to:
Attention: All Executive Officers and Program Directors of California Department of Education Early Learning and Care Programs
Management Bulletin 20-09 has been developed to notify and provide guidance to state-subsidized ELCD programs about temporary changes to the requirements related to the Program Self Evaluation, Contract Monitoring, and Program Quality Requirements.
If you have questions regarding the information in this Management Bulletin, please contact your assigned regional Field Services Consultant from the ELCD Consultants Regional Assignments web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/ci/assignments.asp or by phone at 916-322-6233.
The Health and Safety module “Health and Safety: Resources and Guidance for Caring for Children” is now available on the California Early Childhood Online (CECO) website.
This module is intended to provide an overview of basic health and safety considerations and standards for providing emergency care for children of essential workers. It includes guidance on how to stop the spread of germs in a group setting during COVID-19. This module can be accessed at https://caearlychildhoodonline.org/.
Eight comprehensive Health and Safety modules are also available. Each module is 60-80 minutes in duration. Modules include the following topics:
Safe Spaces in Child Care
Transporting Children in Child Care
Handling Hazardous Material in Child Care
Infectious Diseases in Child Care
Safe Sleep Practices and Sleep Related Infant Deaths
Attention: California Resource and Referral Programs; Local Planning Council Chairpersons, Coordinators, Contractors, Legal Entity representatives, Executive Directors, and Program Directors of all Childcare and Development Programs
The ELCD is hosting a webinar at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 23, 2020, to provide guidance to California Resource and Referral Programs (R&Rs) and Local Planning Councils (LPCs) about updated requirements and instructions during the COVID-19 State of Emergency.
Pre-registration is not required to attend this webinar. This webinar can be accessed at:
State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces Task Force to Close the Digital Divide
SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced today the creation of a new task force to close the digital divide for California students who lack access to resources such as internet connectivity and devices. The Closing the Digital Divide Task Force will be co-chaired by California State Senator Connie Leyva.
“This task force signals a new era, that California is now working with focus and urgency to close the digital divide in the most concrete way we have ever seen,” said Thurmond. “COVID-19 is a public health crisis in California and all around the world, but it’s also revealed other crises like the technology gap that has persisted for too long, leading to opportunity and achievement gaps for California’s students.”
“As the Chair of the Senate Education Committee, I strongly believe that ensuring equity for California students is critically important,” said Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino). “One vital step to ensuring equity is by closing the digital divide, which has become that much more evident and urgent as distance learning is now the new reality for millions of school children during the current COVID-19 crisis. I look forward to co-chairing this important task force as we all continue to work together to meet the needs of students in California.”
The Closing the Digital Divide Task Force will help facilitate donations, create more publicity, and cast a bigger spotlight on those who can help. It also plans to hold a public hearing where internet service providers may be called upon to testify on their efforts to improve internet access during the pandemic.
The California Department of Education (CDE) has in recent weeks assessed the technology needs for all California students and is working with partners to secure devices and Wi-Fi hotspots to close the technology gap. This effort comes following a strong recommendation last month from State Superintendent Thurmond for all schools to focus on distance learning models due to the COVID-19 health crisis.
The CDE also announced last week that it partnered with the Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation (CDE Foundation), the private non-profit partner of the CDE since 2011, to create the California Bridging the Digital Divide Fund. The fund is a joint effort of the Governor’s Office, State Board of Education, CDE, and CDE Foundation, and is a centralized resource for state leadership to provide essential device, connectivity, and related digital learning supports for pre-K-12 students, teachers, and their families.
The fund is focused particularly on building more equitable teaching and learning environments, which are currently in even greater jeopardy due to the uneven impacts of COVID-19 on students, families, and educators. This includes special attention to special education, English learner, low-income, and rural populations, for which additional virtual educator professional learning webinars are now in development.
EarlyEdU Special Edition Webinar: Mindfulness: A Resilience Practice Tuesday, April 21, 2:00-3:30 p.m. PDT/ 5:00-6:30 p.m. EDT
Join us for this special webinar where participants will learn mindfulness practices that can build teacher resilience. This applied and engaging learning module will encourage participants to take care of themselves by reducing stress and to optimize their effectiveness as early childhood educators. This captures the notion of teaching from the inside out – a phrase that highlights the importance of promoting core resilience skills among early childhood educators. Resilient educators are more capable of creating and maintaining nurturing, supportive, and effective learning environments while also prioritizing their own well-being. With the completion of this module, participants will have learned how to recognize the negative and positive impacts of stress, use mindfulness practices to help develop calm and centered states, and lead at least one mindfulness practice.
California Receives Preliminary Federal Approval to Free Up Funds for Crisis Response
SACRAMENTO —The U.S. Department of Education has granted preliminary approval to California’s request for flexibility in using federal funds to ease the immediate impacts of COVID-19 school closures.
State Superintendent Tony Thurmond and State Board of Education President Linda Darling-Hammond submitted the request for waivers, authorized under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, on Friday, April 10, 2020. The waivers were approved today.
The waivers loosen restrictions on how and when federal education funds can be spent. They remove a cap on technology purchases, ease limits on the amount of unspent federal funds that can be carried over from one federal fiscal year to the next, and relax rules about the use of money for teacher professional development.
“With this much needed flexibility, the state can shift resources to such pressing needs as training our workforce on distance learning and building up our technology infrastructure,” said Superintendent Tony Thurmond. “In this time of crisis, the ability to quickly direct resources to needs is critically important.”
Board President Darling-Hammond thanked the U.S. Department of Education for helping California’s efforts to improve online learning during this unprecedented time of crisis. “We are pleased that the federal government responded so quickly to our requests,” said Darling-Hammond. “In this time of great uncertainty, being assured that we can repurpose this money to address urgent concerns is a great relief.”
Specifically, California received preliminary waivers from:
Section 1127(b) of Title I, Part A of the ESEA so that your State educational agency (SEA) may waive, more than once every three years, if necessary, the 15 percent carryover limitation in ESEA section 1127(a) for fiscal year (FY) 2019 Title I, Part A funds.
Section 421(b) of the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA) to extend the period of availability of FY 2018 funds for programs in which your SEA participates under its approved consolidated State plan until September 30, 2021.
Section 4106(d) of Title IV, Part A of the ESEA related to local educational agency (LEA) needs assessments for the 2019-2020 school year.
Section 4106(e)(2)(C), (D), and (E) of Title IV, Part A of the ESEA with respect to content-area spending requirements for FYs 2018 and 2019 Title IV, Part A funds.
Section 4109(b) of Title IV, Part A of the ESEA with respect to the spending limitation for technology infrastructure for FYs 2018 and 2019 Title IV, Part A funds.
Section 8101(42) of the ESEA, which defines “professional development,” for activities funded for the 2019-2020 school year.
In compliance with federal regulations, the state is accepting public comment on the waiver application through May 1. Please send comments via email to ESSA@cde.ca.gov or by mail to the California Department of Education, Government Affairs Division, 1430 N Street, Suite 5602, Sacramento, CA 95814-5901.
The ELCD COVID-19 Guidance and Resources web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/re/elcdcovid19.asp has been updated to include forms necessary to provide emergency childcare services, as provided in Management Bulletin 20-06, to children of essential workers, children from at-risk populations, and children with disabilities or special health needs.